May 6: Matt Caldwell – GOP, Property Taxes & More



May 6: Matt Caldwell - GOP, Property Taxes & More

Politics, Property Taxes and the GOP at May 6 Tiger Bay Luncheon

Matt Caldwell is no stranger to politics and hard work. An expert witness in real estate appraisal and a former member of the Florida House of Representatives, Caldwell is currently taking on double roles as Lee County’s Property Appraiser and Republican State Committeeman. While Florida’s real estate is surging – from lot sales, bidding wars and property values, Florida politics has taken center stage, nationally. With just two weeks left before the legislature’s scheduled adjournment, lawmakers are pushing forward with a slate of bills central to the Governor’s legislative agenda.

Caldwell’s unique understanding and experience in politics and policy will lead the way for Tiger Bay’s May 6 at Broadway Palm. Join us for a special insider’s discussion to learn more about where Lee County’s property taxes are headed and the current state of the Florida GOP.

Thursday, May 6, 2021
Registration and networking at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch and Program from noon to 1 p.m.

Location: Broadway Palm
1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers

Cost: In Person | Tickets are $25 for members; $35 for non-member
Virtual | Zoom tickets are $10



Matt Caldwell is a 7th generation Florida native, whose family came to Micanopy in 1826. Matt was born in Gainesville but grew up in Lee County where he met his wife, Yvonne. They live there today, where Yvonne serves as an educator and they raise their daughter, Ava.

After attending local schools in Lee County, Matt received his Associates Degree from Edison College and his Bachelor of Arts in History from Florida Gulf Coast University. While in college he began his career as a real estate appraiser, ultimately joining the firm of Maxwell, Hendry, Simmons in 2004, where he remains of counsel. He has attained the highest state certification in his field and is qualified as an expert witness in multiple states and federal court. In 2019, Matt become a partner at TM Strategic Consulting, focused on candidate and political consulting.

Prior to running for public office, Matt volunteered for appointment to various governmental committees regarding financial oversight, audits, Everglades restoration, land use and transportation, as well as the 2008 constitutional review of the Lee County Charter.

Matt was a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 2010-2018, serving on and chairing several committees including: tax policy, redistricting, insurance and banking, agriculture and natural resources/public lands, transportation and infrastructure, local, federal, and military affairs, and oversight of government operations, such as pensions and elections. He is proud to have sponsored, and have the Governor sign into law, dozens of bills, including those related to agriculture, natural resources, public safety, cannabis reform, medical care, criminal justice reform, pensions and term limits, among others.

In 2020, Matt was elected to serve as the Lee County Property Appraiser, following the retirement of 40-year incumbent Ken Wilkinson. As the author of numerous Constitutional Amendments, including Save Our Homes, Working Waterfronts, and Portability, Ken set a standard of excellence for public service. Matt is proud to continue Ken’s legacy as an advocate for the taxpayer; using the platform as a Constitutional Officer to support good government at the local, state, and federal level.

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In order to assure you and the theatre’s employees will be safe, Broadway Palm will be taking temperatures before you enter the building and requiring a face mask/covering be worn at all times, with the exception of when you are enjoying your meal.

For more information on the health and safety measures they have taken CLICK HERE.

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