Early voting in Collier starts today
Eligible voters in Collier County can start casting their votes today.
Early voting for the Aug. 14 primary election starts at 10 a.m. Any registered Collier voter ready to cast their ballot early may do so at any of the seven early voting elections. Those sites are:
Everglades City Hall, 102 Copeland Ave. N
Naples City Hall, 735 8th Street S.
Supervisor of Elections Office, 3295 U.S. 41 E.
Golden Gate Library, 2432 Lucerne Road
Immokalee Library, 417 North First Street
Library Headquarters, 2385 Orange Blossom Drive
Marco Island Library, 210 S. Heathwood Drive.
Early voting is offered 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Early voting ends in Collier on Saturday, Aug. 11. Lee County's early voting begins Saturday, Aug. 4.
Union endorses Collier commission candidate Nance
The Southwest Florida Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Local 1826 has endorsed Tim Nance for Collier County commissioner.
Nance faces Commissioner Jim Coletta in the Aug. 14 Republican primary election for District 5.
Ethics Commission dismisses complaint against Rubio
The Florida Commission on Ethics dismissed a long-lingering complaint against U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio on Friday, clearing him of wrongdoing in questions surrounding his use of a state GOP-issued credit card.
"This was a politically motivated and frivolous complaint from the start, and Sen. Rubio is pleased that the commission dismissed it on all counts," spokesman Alex Burgos said in a Tampa Bay Times story.
The March 2010 ethics complaint came during Rubio's Senate campaign against then-Gov. Charlie Crist, and was filed by Michael D. Ryan of Fort Lauderdale, who said he based it on articles in the Tampa Bay Times (then the St. Petersburg Times) and Miami Herald.
The newspapers reported that Rubio, former speaker of the Florida House, routinely charged personal expenses to his party-issued credit card between 2006 and 2008.
Rubio said he repaid personal expenses. Others raised questions, such as the nearly $4,000 he billed the Republican Party of Florida for a rental car in Miami and repairs to his family minivan, which he said was damaged by a valet at a political event.
Rubio acknowledged double-billing state taxpayers and the party for eight plane fares to Tallahassee, calling it a mistake and repaid the party.
The ethics commission found no probable cause. But an investigator had harsh words for Rubio, saying the level of "negligence" exhibited by Rubio's confusion between GOP American Express and his own MasterCard and failing to recognize the error on monthly statements was "disturbing."
Even so, he concluded that the facts do not rise to level of "intentional wrongful act necessary to prove corrupt intent for successful prosecution."
Rubio's lawyer, Robert Fernandez, said he believed Rubio cooperated fully.