2019 Past Events

June: Dave Harner, Doug Busbee, and Roland Ottolini
What’s Lee County doing about flood prone areas and what should be done? Between August 25th and September 10th, 2017, Lee County experienced two historic flooding events back to back. This one-two punch put areas previously thought to be ‘high ground’ underwater and caused everyone to reevaluate their flood risks. In response, Lee County has commissioned a study to evaluate options to improve stormwater management and provide recommendations to the Lee County BOCC on ways to mitigate flooding risks.

April: Jaime Weisinger
In Florida one of the driving forces of our economy is agriculture. Recently, agriculture has taken a bad wrap in the state with different groups blaming it for the environmental issues. Along with people blaming agriculture for environmental issues there is often disputes over organic vs. GMOS produce. It is especially important for the people of Florida to be educated on such an important factor of our economy and learn the threats that face our agriculture industry.

March: Dr. Steven Camarota
Immigration is a hot topic across our nation … from the Dream Act to “building the wall” – there are many opinions on both sides of the aisle. Along with many opinions there are also a lot of myths that surround immigration. It is important to separate the myths from the facts. Join us for an evening discussion to decipher these myths from facts and the effect of immigration policies on the state of the economy

February: Supervisor of Elections Tommy Doyle
Since the 2000 landmark election of Bush v. Gore,  Florida has been the epicenter of voting irregularities. Why is it that some counties execute voting procedures without error, while others do not? Will Florida be on the front page of the news during the next election, or will we finally have it right? With all the confusion surrounding voting irregularities, Tommy Doyle will join us in a discussion regarding voting.

January: Sheriff Carmine Marceno
There’s a new sheriff in town, and we were honored to have Sheriff Marceno join us for an overview presentation about what’s happening in the County and what the Sheriff’s department is doing to keep crime at a minimum and the citizens of Lee County safe.



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.