The LoCastro Report
Eleventh Edition
December 20, 2019
An important announcement for today at 2:00 P.M.... Join me for FREE "Veterans Benefits" Townhall Meeting ! For veterans, healthcare providers, business leaders… and all who serve our veteran population!  Great speakers, tons of information, and Q&A… Don’t miss it!

On Saturday, we attended the WOUNDED WARRIORS OPEN HOUSE & WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA DAY ! What an amazing, patriotic, & moving day! Started the morning joining Dale & MarieElaina Mullin … and their entire Wounded Warriors of Collier County Team for an open house of their new Naples location for Veterans who need a "hand up". There’s now an 8 bed-home in the heart of Naples spearhead by Dale and his phenomenal organization as well as others who came forward to assist. Thanks also to Moorings Park , Avow , Down to Earth Landscaping , PBS Construction , David Lawrence Center ... and others who donated furniture & services to the home!

In the afternoon, I joined my fellow American Legion Post 404 members at the Marco Island Cemetery with my fellow members of American Legion Post 404. The nationwide "Wreaths Across America" event involved cemeteries across the country. The local chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution partnered with my American Legion Post and others to lay almost 200 wreaths on veteran's gravesites in the Marco Island Cemetery. Citizens, families & friends, people of all ages, and the Lely High School color guard rounded out a group for this moving tribute. The ceremony ended with Emily Savage singing God Bless America… Herb Savage was definitely in our thoughts!
On Sunday, we had another fantastic Holiday event in Collier County at the Marco Island Christmas Parade! Had a terrific time with family & friends watching amazing floats, bands, and a fantastic lineup of cars & motorcycles! Our County Commissioner Donna Fiala was in a sporty red convertible, the Police & Fire Chief were marching with pride, and Marco Island Academy had an amazing “island style“ float! Afterwards, thanks to my neighbor Joyce Reynolds for hosting a pizza party for our entire block!
With my next door neighbor Joyce Reynolds… we rode out Hurricane Irma together!
Attended Monday's ceremony for the Big Corkscrew Island Regional Park Ground Breaking , the official start of work on a new park complex off Immokalee & 39th Ave. With a completion date of July 6, 2021, this new park will have a multitude of recreational areas, facilities, and even an aquatic center. Joined Commissioner McDaniel (Dist 5), Commissioner Taylor (Dist 4), Nick Casalanguida (Deputy County Manager) & a large crowd to “launch“ the construction of this new complex.
Enjoyed sitting with Jim Morton, Project Manager for Big Corkscrew Island Regional Park!
My thanks to Scott Burgess , CEO of the David Lawrence Center , for inviting me for an extremely informative visit on Thursday. Over the years I’ve worked closely with Scott & the David Lawrence Center… especially when I was the COO of Physicians Regional Medical Center . They have always been amazing partners in this community assisting so many in need... In 2019, they served 10,000 clients, performed 6,500 clinical assessments, & provided almost 300,000 client services... all numbers that significantly increased over the previous year.

I look forward to continuing to work with Scott & his team to ensure our County provides strong support to the David Lawrence Center... and their growing mission. Thanks again, Scott!
During Christmas and the rest of the Holiday season, I hope everyone is able to enjoy time with family and loved ones. I am always available to the people of Collier County. You can call me directly at (239) 777-2452 or send me a personal email message at

I'd be honored to have your support and add you to our growing list of contributors. Click the button below to visit my campaign website and invest today! Elections have consequences and we need to ensure Experienced Leadership represents District 1 & all of Collier County.
Rick LoCastro
- Colonel, U.S. Air Force, Retired (1988 - 2012)
- U.S. Air Force Academy Graduate (1988)
- Naples Business & Healthcare Leader
- Leadership Collier Graduate (2013)
- Marco Island Resident

P.S. Keep spreading the word! Share this message with anyone who cares about Collier County, no matter their political stripes or community involvement. We want to engage with everyone, and there's no better way to build community than by simply sharing all the great things happening here … all the work yet to be done... and all we need to protect to preserve our quality of life with Experienced & Proven Leadership!

Paid by Rick LoCastro, Republican, for Collier County Commissioner