Good evening everyone! Welcome to our live chat. We will begin at 5:30 p.m.
I'm here with Patrick Riley, who covers Bonita Springs.
And we're off. Format for tonight: 2-minute opening statements, questions from the panel with 1-minute answers from each candidate (disregarding time limit results in 30-second penalty for closing statement), social media questions/audience questions, more panel questions and 2-minute closing statements.
Opening statements now:
McIntosh: touts his 6-year experience on council, community engagement
Simmons: says with life in Bonita comes pressure from developers. Says he's not afraid to say no and will look for balance.
Simmons says he's been endorsed by Lee Sheriff Mike Scott, former councilors Martha Simons and Pat McCourt, among others.
Steinmeyer says he is the outsider, has never been on gov't payroll. Says he's attended more council meetings than anyone other than Mayor Nelson
Steinmeyer says he calls city once a week to get things done, such as fixing potholes, etc.
1. Q from panel: What is biggest thing council has done that you'd do differently?
McIntosh: many things have been done right but current council, but need to keep an eye on intersection of Bonita Beach Rd. and U.S. 41.
Simmons says he was only one who voted against last budget. Was concerned about excessive spending.
Steinmeyer gives Simmons kudos for voting against the budget.
2. Q: Where to put the Bonita HS?
Simmons: HS is needed, but can't be in environmentally sensitive area
Steinmeyer: in favor of putting it on Imperial Pkwy
McIntosh: location has to be safe for children, areas being considered all have pros/cons