Marco Island’s Caxambas Republican Club provided their members with a star-studded assembly of Republican heavy hitters recently. That evening they hosted a number of VIPs from all levels of government to speak about issues facing the State of Florida.
Some of those in attendance included Governor Rick Scott’s wife Ann, U.S. Congressman Francis Rooney, State Senator Kathleen Passidomo, State Representative Bob Rommel, Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala and Collier County Supervisor of Elections Jennifer Edwards.
The event, at the Marco Island Yacht Club, will be the last one held prior to the 2018 General Election.
The First Lady of Florida, Ann Scott, represented her husband Governor Rick Scott. Scott was overseeing relief efforts in Florida’s Panhandle, where Hurricane Michael had swept through last week, causing serious damage to the area. Governor Scott toured the impacted zone with FEMA Director Brock Long and President Donald Trump, making first hand assessments of the damage.
Governor Scott and his wife Ann have been married for 46 years and live in Naples, Florida. She smiled broadly when speaking about her pride in her husband and his work on behalf of the State of Florida.
One of her greatest passions lies in promoting reading and literacy within the State of Florida, as well as encouraging a healthy lifestyle for all Floridians.
Congressman Francis Rooney serves as Southwest Florida’s representative in the United States Congress. Prior to being elected to congress, he served as the CEO of Rooney Holdings, Inc., a diversified investment company based in Naples, Florida, with interests in construction, energy, real estate, development and financial services throughout the United States, Latin America and Spain.
One of the company’s subsidiaries is Manhattan Construction, founded in 1896, and now in the fifth generation of Rooney leadership.
Rooney stressed the need for the federal government to step forward and meet its responsibilities to fund its share of the plans to redirect water flow out of Lake Okeechobee, and rebuild the Herbert Hoover Dike on Lake O’s eastern shore. Since his 2017 arrival in Washington, D.C., Rooney has helped to champion those projects. He is proud that the necessary monies have been allocated by the Army Corps of Engineers to rebuild the dike and that Congress recently passed the initial funding package by both the House and Senate, of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). Designed to be a 50/50 cost-sharing plan between the state and federal government, Florida is nearly a billion dollars ahead of Washington in funding.
The event was a unique opportunity for local party supporters to meet many of its own leadership and to ask questions on a one-on-one basis. All of the leaders passed through the room, answered questions of their constituents, and posed for pictures with local GOP supporters.
The next meeting of the Caxambas Republican Club will be held on November 13 at the Marco Island Yacht Club starting at 5:30 PM.
Photos by Steve Stefanides