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Business incentive payouts a bad use of funds

January 23, 2014

To the editor: The Lee County Commission’s proposal to fund Gartner, Inc. with Lee County taxpayer money is an abomination to the free enterprise system....

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Jan-28-14 7:51 AM

capecoralquestions, Cape Coral being it's own county will never happen. First you cannot have a county within a county. Sanibel,Captiva and Pine Island would have to agree to part of Cape Coral County! Second it requires a vote of the Florida Legislature and that will not happen because each County would have to give up money for that to happen.

Like I said it will not happen.

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Jan-26-14 10:32 AM

Mr. Shudlick. You howl against tax breaks for private corporations but yet you consider the following an asset to the community. “the Spring Training mecca of the Boston Red Sox, the Minnesota Twins and hopefully others” Are not baseball teams privately owned? They are private corporations that can only survive through the public funding of stadiums? So it is ok to spend on some but not others? Which is it bro?

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Jan-25-14 5:10 PM

CapeCoralCuestions: I said we should become a new county many times before. There is a big advantage to doing that, if only the people would listen. Taxes would be lower because we would not be taxed twice as we are now. Many don't realize that they pay county real estate and city real estate taxes. Becoming a county would eliminate one of them.

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Jan-25-14 10:45 AM

Anyone noticed that the two 'cash cows', Cape Coral and Sanibel, NEVER get any benefit for the millions spent for "Lee County"? Time to let Cape Coral become it's own county!

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Jan-25-14 9:17 AM

Excellent letter and comment by lightswitch.

I promise you this Reverse Robinhood snot would come to a screeching halt if we hit the streets and DEMANDED arms length ordinances and legislation barring campaign contributions from any corporation, employees and immediate family of recipients of taxpayer money for such as this. You’ll see this is a big part of Rick Scott’s early 10 million dollars when he finally reports during the election. Look for Hertz to show up big.

This kind of spending is pro for the qid of previous elections as well as why it becomes nearly impossible to get rid these corporate cronies once they get in office.

This is the home town and state version of how our federal government paves the streets with gold for the wealthy to create, maintain and grow the wealth gap.

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Jan-24-14 5:38 PM

Monies to attract business is a good idea. There need to be caveats on that though. No money for any business until they have proven they are doing what is required. Also no money for a certain period of time. Lee County certainly can't be the only one duped by promises from companies to move here and create badly needed jobs.

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Jan-23-14 11:24 PM

No it's not a bad deal to seduce businesses to come to the area with jobs for tax dollars.

Why just because VR Labs absconded with $5 million and produced next to nothing in jobs, product. Why they produced a Chief Executive Officer job alone. Why for one of our finest Jeff Kottcamp to oversee the building and execution of the contract between VR Lab and Lee County.

Now we shouldn't even bring up APC Alternate Power Corporation who built a building and was going to bring 1500 jobs here for $5 million.

But where are they? They did move from Providence Rhode Island. But alas they moved from Lee County to Dublin, Ireland. More Money? Lifetime of free Guinness?

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