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 2016 meetings have included presentations on the following topics.

February: 2016 Supervisor of Elections Forum
The presentation included a panel discussion with candidates, Sharon Harrington (incumbent), Tommy Doyle, Carmen Solome, James “Hef” Hefren and Dan Sinclair.

March: Guns and the Florida Law
A native of Cape Coral and a graduate of the University of Florida, Rep. Dane Eagle provided insight on the impacts of gun legislation as it relates to college campuses, open carry and Amendment II. This past legislative session. Rep. Eagle co-sponsored HB4001 Campus Carry and HB163 Open Carry, both of which passed in the House 80-37 and 80-38, respectively.

April: District 5 County Commissioners Candidate Forum
The panel discussion included lively debate with candidates for the district 5 county commissioner seat, including Frank Mann (incumbent), Ken Dobson, Sonny Hass,  Matt Miller and Diane Zigrossi.

May: Human Trafficking
Alex Olivares, coordinator for the FGCU Resource Center on Human Trafficking, presented an in-depth discussion on Human Trafficking – why and how it’s happening and what businesses can look for to stop this crime from expanding in our community. 

June: District 3 County Commissioners Candidate Forum
Incumbent Larry Kiker and candidate Dick Anderson joined Tiger Bay for a panel discussion on their perspectives and priorities for the county and their role as District 3 commissioner.

July: Employment Law Changes
Christina Harris Schwinn, partner at Pavese Law Firm and Scott Hill, Dept. of Labor, provided an in-depth presentation on the new overtime and minimum salary rules for exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Information was provided on compliance requirements, the investigative process and e practical tips to ensure your company is 100% compliant by December 1, 2016.

August: Tragedies and Travesties in our Community
Following the recent tragic shooting at Club Blu  involving the deaths of two teens and at least 14 others injured, Fort Myers Chief of Police Dennis Eads and Cape Coral Interim Chief of Police David Newlan led a community discussion on how and why this occurred in our backyard.

September: Dr. Susan MacManus
In preparation for a heated election on November 8, Dr. Susan MacManus provided Tiger Bay with key insights into both parties and how Florida’s voters will impact results. The event sold out and was attended by nearly 150 participants.