Sunday, January 17, 2021

Republicans Discuss Hot Potato Issues


City Councilor Bob Brown spoke on Marco Island’s critical emergency medical services issue. Photos by Maria Lamb

City Councilor Bob Brown spoke on Marco Island’s critical emergency medical services issue. Photos by Maria Lamb

The Caxambas Republican Club (“CRC”) hosted an evening of “Hot Potato Issues” on June 14. Guest speaker, Marco Island City Councilor Bob Brown, spoke on the critical emergency medical services (EMS) question, “Who will determine your destiny during a medical

City Councilor Bob Brown and CRC member, Jim Lane.

City Councilor Bob Brown and CRC member, Jim Lane.

emergency?”

It was a packed room of attendees, anxious to hear more about the direction of Marco Island’s EMS. What they learned: 1. There is uncertainty in Collier County’s future EMS plans; 2. Local control of ambulance

CRC President Dave Rice and Jennifer Edwards, Supervisor of Elections, Collier County.

CRC President Dave Rice and Jennifer Edwards, Supervisor of Elections, Collier County.

transport would provide continuous care from home to hospital; 3. Residents would determine costs, not Collier County or an independent taxing district.

Should Marco Island stay with the county, or should we support our local services? That is the $1 million question.

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