The LoCastro Report
Second Edition
October 8, 2019
Greetings!

Our campaign is well underway, and I am taking every opportunity I can to dive deeper and connect with Collier County residents and leaders and learn even more about our wonderful community...and how we can make it even better!

For example, I spent a morning last week at Marco Island Academy (MIA), meeting with Founder and Board Chair Jane Watt and Principal Melissa Scott . MIA is a spectacular public charter high school that is A-rated and a Florida top 20% School of Excellence. We had a very good discussion about their talented teachers and students, and their phenomenal curriculum.
Later that day, I had the pleasure of visiting Hodges University, where I met with Angie Manley , Director of University Advancement, and Leticia Pizarro , Manager of Veterans Services. I was particularly interested in their initiatives to reach out to military veterans, and I look forward to being a guest lecturer and helping in any way I can with their plans to serve our community.
The Republican Women of Southwest Florida Federated are enthusiastic patriots, and I really enjoyed attending their luncheon last week. Many thanks to President Diane Van Parys and all the group members for having me!

I attended the ribbon cutting for our newest healthcare facility in East Naples, PANIRA Healthcare Clinic, owned by Lawrence Edgar , PA, and his wife, Geneve , RN. With Dr. Doris DiPrimio Corey joining their team, this amazing staff and facility will serve their patients very well. 

The 16 th Annual Marco Police Foundation Golf Tournament was a great time for a fantastic cause. I’m so grateful for our wonderful law enforcement community and their families, and I’m proud to help support the great work they do keeping us safe. 
The Celebrate Clean Water event hosted by NABOR (Naples Area Board of REALTORS) in partnership with FGCU and other local leaders shone a spotlight on what we’re doing locally as well as on a state level to keep our water clean. NABOR and FGCU’s “Rinks to Reefs” initiative to recycle broken hockey sticks as mini artificial reefs for fish and oysters, which filters large quantities of water naturally, was a highlight.
Attending a recent Collier County Commission meeting was reminder that it takes seasoned experience, a strong understanding of the issues, and proven decision-making skills to navigate the complex issues Collier County faces. At this meeting alone, decisions were made on huge construction projects, pet store sales, city contracts, affordable housing. It was also great to see Vets Count and Hispanic Heritage Month recognized. 
After the commission meeting, I attended an amazing gathering hosted by Naples Press Club President Julie Pedretti with new NCH President/CEO Paul Hiltz making spot-on remarks. With his laser focus on engaging staff and delivering world-class care through concentration on the four Cs—care, community, connecting, and cooperation—NCH Healthcare’s future is bright.
After National Daughters Day, of course, sons didn’t want to be left out. Happy National Sons Day to my son, Scott . I’m very proud of him!
Our first month in the race was very successful, with many people investing in our campaign. I'd love to add you to our growing list of supporters.

Every investment makes a difference, and I’m so grateful for all who are joining us in this endeavor to keep Collier County moving forward. You may make an investment quickly and safely online by clicking the button to visit our website below.
Please don't hesitate to be in touch with me. Your input and feedback are so important to me. Thanks so much for your friendship and support!

Rick

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Paid by Rick LoCastro, Republican, for Collier County Commissioner