CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN
Colonel, U.S. Air Force, Retired (1988 - 2012)
U.S. Air Force Academy Graduate
Base Commander of Multiple Military Installations
Worked for two U.S. Presidents (Bush 41 & 43)
Naples Leadership Collier Graduate
Naples Business & Healthcare Leader
Marco Island Resident


The LoCastro Report
Twentieth Edition
March 29, 2020
We are going through unique times, but I've never been more encouraged to be rising to this challenge with my fellow Americans and fellow citizens of Collier County!

Having served in the Air Force for 24 years, retiring in 2012 as a full Colonel and running several large military hospitals, as well as Physicians Regional Medical Center here in East Naples, also dealing with anthrax in Washington DC, chemical warfare in Afghanistan and Iraq--let me say--this pandemic is serious.

Yes, local elections are on the horizon, but we know what's important right now. I will not be knocking on doors or overshadowing our priority—coronavirus education and protection. 

Let’s pray for a speedy solution, support our local businesses where we can, be smart about social distancing, and most of all check on each other.  I am thankful for the amazing country we live in and pray for those less fortunate.

I’ll still stay connected with you through social media, not only as a County Commissioner candidate, but most importantly as a healthcare professional and community resource connected to all Collier County hospital and emergency response leaders.

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As of this morning, this is our Current Situation in Florida:
4,246 total cases
633 hospitalized
56 deaths

Current Situation in Collier County:
95 total cases
12 hospitalized
0 deaths

Per the County Commission meeting earlier this week, NCH stated they were the only Collier County hospital with test kits... but they are limited. I know our state and local leaders are working to make more kits available... and I'm working on the issue as well.

I am in direct contact with Paul Hiltz , the new NCH CEO… he and his staff are doing amazing work and I've spent time both last week and this week visiting their hospitals. Please let me know if I can assist you in any way if you have issues or needs.
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Earlier this week, I attended the special emergency meeting of the Collier County Commission, with fellow attendees Rep.  Bob Rommel , Rep.  Byron Donalds Paul Hiltz  (NCH CEO), Sheriff Kevin Rambosk , and other community & business leaders.

We followed the important guidelines from our President and Governor to maintain appropriate physical distance while still coming together to consider this important policy decision.

As a former healthcare executive and hospital administrator, as well as military senior leader who has been in command over some of our biggest emergency situations, I have insight and experience to offer in this crisis. I was proud to be be in attendance throughout the entire meeting in the main room and conversing with senior leaders afterwards.

We are continuing to follow the direction of Governor DeSantis and also coordinating with our neighboring counties to chart the best course of action at this time. We need citizens to closely follow the already approved directives to properly combat this pandemic.
Meeting with NCH CEO Paul Hiltz discussing Collier County healthcare
The Commission maintained appropriate distancing while still performing their important duties.
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During these uncertain times, please let me know if there are any questions I can answer. Call me directly at (239) 777-2452 or send me a personal email message at Rick@RickLoCastro.com .


COMING SOON!
Once we get passed the priority of this pandemic… we will be releasing the long list of campaign endorsements I've been blessed to have already received from senior leaders, citizens, and supporters who know my Experience & Qualifications Matter!
 
I'd also be honored to have your financial support
as I continue to campaign for the upcoming August 18th Primary
for Collier County Commissioner, District 1. 
Any amount matters and adds you to our growing list of supporters!
-Rick
Rick LoCastro
- CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN
- Colonel, U.S. Air Force, Retired (1988 - 2012)
- U.S. Air Force Academy Graduate
- Base Commander of Multiple Military Installations
- Worked for two U.S. Presidents (Bush 41 & 43)
- Naples Leadership Collier Graduate
- Naples Business & Healthcare Leader
- Marco Island Resident


P.S. Remember, if you've missed a LoCastro Report, they are all archived at www.RickLoCastro.com .


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