‘Sanctuary City’ idea would damage Collier
Present agitation to declare Naples to be a “Sanctuary City for the Unborn” is promoted by a religion-based minority of Collier County citizens that seeks to impose its values on the local and national majority. The prime mover does not live in Florida. Were this ideological stunt to pass, it will damage the economies of Naples and Collier County. Potential relocating businesses and home buyers, as well as tourists from the world over, will not know the county’s boundaries and its separate status from the city.
Our economy seeks to diversify but is based on tourism and real estate.
We face annual challenges from climate change, growing infrastructure needs, biological threats to the quality of our beaches and our air, and with storm water management. We lack affordable housing even as higher end housing is booming.
The U.S. Constitution and the Florida Constitution are clear: They supersede any local ordinances. A woman’s right to privacy is protected in the Florida and U.S. constitutions. So why should the City of Naples get involved with an unenforceable publicity stunt that will affect tourism, conventions, business diversification and growth in our residents?
We know what is legal because we are an inclusive and educated community. These are the only principles for Naples and Collier County are a sanctuary. We dare not lose that reputation.
Michael Finkel, Naples
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