The Old Naples Association held its 40th Annual Meeting on Monday March 19th at the Naples Woman’s Club to a sell-out crowd. We thanked City Manager Bill Moss on the announcement of his retirement for his many years of tireless, honorable and effective service, and welcomed City Councilors Michelle McLeod, Terry Hutchison, Ellen Seigel and Gary Price. We were joined by our fellow neighborhood associations represented by Board members Andy Deane, Port Royal, Linda Black, the Moorings, Jerry Belle from Aqualane Shores, Tammy Kipp from Coquina Sands, and Derek Perry, Lake Park.
Our keynote speaker was Joseph Centorino, Executive Director of the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, who discussed Naples’ current ethics policy and the proposed Ethics Naples petition drive for an independent Ethics Commission and improved ethics policy for our City. You can review the 45 minute video of his remarks and Q&A session here. Representatives of Ethics Naples were present, and shared that the petition drive is nearing completion, with less than 300 petitions needed to place this issue on the August ballot for voter consideration. More on ethics here; if you haven’t yet signed the petition you can find a copy of it here.
During the business meeting that followed (video here), members unanimously ratified the revised Bylaws, which may be found here. John Lehmann, ONA President, discussed the strategy to continue to grow ONA in size and influence, and announced an increase in annual dues to $75 effective April 1. Departing Board members Chuck Huffman, Lori Raleigh and Deb Giso were warmly applauded for their years of service. We welcomed new Board members Ned Fryer, Vice President, Vito Favia, Treasurer, and Directors Barb Carlini, Janet Ferry, Mark Gustafson, Julie Hyer, Rachel Keller, Joe Migliara and Walter Stuelpe.
Vito Favia noted the improved finances of ONA (financials here). Lori Raleigh discussed the importance of the Vision and Comprehensive Plans for the future growth of Naples. Jim Streicher outlined the revived plans for the Neighborhood Committee with a special focus on noise. Tom Lauer closed with a call for further citizen participation in addressing the long term impacts of the airport.
We closed with a call for volunteers followed by refreshments and conversation. All in all, it was a good night. Please contact ONA at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or would like to volunteer!