To the editor:
I am writing to endorse Mr. Larry Kiker as Lee County's next County Commissioner. Passion, vision, understanding, and fiscal clarity are the characteristics that Larry brings to public service. He is passionate about the people in Lee County, their well-being, and the issues that face our county. Larry has a clear vision about the role of government, the vital importance of business to the economic well-being of Lee County, and the importance of prioritization of the many policy choices facing the County Commission over the next several years. He understands how budgets work, the tough choices that need to be made to ensure that Lee County operates on a balanced and thoughtful approach to revenue and spending. He understands the critical role that small business plays in ensuring a robust and sustainable approach to economic development. Larry has clarity in terms of budgeting, forecasting, and a clear sense of the role that government plays to ensure a positive climate for growth, economic development, and sustainability for our future.
Larry was one of the first to peel back the layers of obsfucation that surrounded the abandonment of City of Palms and the true costs associated with the construction and operation of JetBlue Park. With his business acumen, passion for truth, and fiscal responsibility, Larry clearly showed how the actual costs associated with the new Boston Red Sox baseball facility far exceeded the public statements made by his opponent in the primary.
Larry puts others first. He is a public servant, par excellence. He knows that government is not the panacea but rather a strategic partner in moving our county forward. His approach to varied and sustainable growth through an emphasis on tourism and a small-business friendly environment with less emphasis on taxation, will enhance the overall economic development, vitality, and sustainable growth that Lee County needs. Through the elimination of unnecessary "fees" and "regulation," Larry will bring leadership to County Commission that will help grow our area.
I urge you to support Mr. Larry Kiker for County Commissioner. Larry is the clear choice in this election. He has demonstrated his passion, has articulated a clear vision, and, as a businessman himself, has extensive experience with budgeting, forecasting, planning, and responsibility.
Dr. Anthony F. Chelte
Fort Myers Beach