2018 PAST EVENTS

Each month, Tiger Bay Club of Southwest Florida brings together local, regional and state leaders to present topics and issues important to Southwest Florida. Recent 2018 meetings have included presentations on the following topics.

January: Water & Post Hurricane Irma
The presentation included a panel discussion with members of the South Florida Water Management District discussing water concerns, post-Hurricane clean up and lessons learned.

February: The Future of Florida Agriculture 
Expert Mitch Hutchcraft of King Ranch and Rep. Matt Caldwell led a discussion about the state of the agriculture industry following a devastating hurricane. Experts discussed innovative measures taking place, alternative crops being introduced, production trends and future plans to jump start this economic engine and take on the 2017-18 season.

March: Sheriff Mike Scott
Following the horrific shooting in Parkland in February of 2018, Sheriff Scott led a discussion about Second Amendment Rights and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act.

April: The Craft Beer Boom
With more than 18 craft breweries spanning the stretch of Punta Gorda to Marco Island (see adjacent map), the reach is far and wide, with loyal fans flocking to new locations offering taprooms, game room spaces, eclectic food and food trucks and a variety of original craft-brewed options. Owners from Bone Hook Brewing Company led a discussion about how the industry is doing, challenges faced and impacts to Southwest Florida.

May: FGCU’s Coach Michael Fly
Longtime FGCU athletic department veteran, Michael Fly has quickly made a name for himself. After serving as an assistant coach on the Eagles’ staff for the last seven years, Fly was named  head coach of the FGCU men’s basketball program on April 5, 2018. Coach Fly shared his plan for the season and future of Dunk City.

June: Emergency Preparedness
In advance of the 2018 Hurricane Season, Chief of Staff to the City of Fort Myers, John Talmage, led a discussion about lessons learned and the City’s preparation plans.

July: An insider’s look into Congress
Former Congressman Trey Radel joined us for an insider’s perspective in the belly of the beast – Washington DC. He gave us a hard and fast look at what really happens in DC, the inside world of legislators and lobbyists and the dirty secrets about fundraising.

August: City of Fort Myers Ward 4 Candidate Forum
The City of Fort Myers Ward 4 Seat was a hotly contested race. The primary elections took place August 28, and the following day, the winner Kevin Anderson joined us for a first look at how he plans to lead the City.

September: Board of County Commissioners Race – District 2
In advance of the primary elections, Incumbent Cecil Pendergrass and opponent Bill Taylor joined us for a heated discussion about impact fees, funding for Conservation 20/20 Fund, and views on development in the Density Reduction/Groundwater Resource area in the east county.

October: James Madison Institute
The 2018 primary elections saw some of the highest number of amendments on the ballot in nearly 20 years. Representatives from the James Madison Institute (JMI) gave us an inside look at what citizens could expect to see on the ballot.

November: 2018 Annual Speaker Event with Congressman Francis Rooney
U.S. Representative for Florida’s 19th Congressional District, Francis Rooney was the keynote speaker at our annual dinner. Serving  on the Committee on Education and the Workforce, Foreign Affairs and Joint Economic Committees, and is the Vice-Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Rooney provided a full legislative update on national and regional affairs and its impact on the state of Florida.