LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Big changes are in store for the Lee County commission. Two of the most out-spoken members, Ray Judah and Brian Bigelow, are leaving office. Judah was defeated in the primary; Bigelow is resigning his office.
"I think it will be a collegial group, and I look forward to working with the new commissioners," said Chairman of the board, John Manning.
He said that he knows Cecil Pendergrass and Larry Kiker, the republican nominees who will be heavily favored to win seats on the board in November.
Pendergrass tells WINK News, he wants Lee to become more friendly to business, and he wants to do more to ensure the long-term viability of tourism. That's because bed taxes from tourists are needed to pay off the debts for Jet Blue Park, the spring training home of the Boston Red Sox.
Larry Kiker, the mayor of Fort Myers Beach, defeated Ray Judah. Kiker says he wants to build jobs in the county, and return tourism to what he calls 'the basics.'
Pendergrass also says he wants Lee to be tougher in negotiatons for future improvements to baseball facilities for major league teams.
"We need to put some of the burden on the owners of the teams, not just on the taxpayers or the future visitors to pay 100 percent for this," he told WINK.