Curt Clawson

Voters in portions of Lee and Collier Counties will chose a new representative for Florida’s Congressional District 19th seat Tuesday/today.  Current Congressman Curt Clawson is not seeking a second term.  WGCU’s John Davis reports, voters will primarily be choosing between two candidates who have not previously held public office.

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  Governor Rick Scott and Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson were both in Southwest Florida Friday.  While Nelson met with local elected officials to address harmful water releases into the Caloosahatchee River from Lake Okeechobee, Gov. Scott also addressed South Florida’s water woes at a stop in Naples.

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UPDATE: President Barack Obama signed a bill into law Monday that will protect more than 17,000 acres of land in Collier County. The property is now part of the Coast Barrier Resources System and will act as a storm buffer. The measure by Rep. Curt Clawson, R-Bonita Springs, affects pieces of Marco Island Keewaydin Island and Cape Romano. The law removes federal financial assistance, like flood insurance, which is meant to discourage development in that area known for flooding and hazardous winds. Anyone who chooses to develop and live there will be solely responsible for damages to their property. 

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U.S. Rep. Curt Clawson, R-Naples, spoke to a large group of health care workers with the Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida during an event in Fort Myers Wednesday.


Southwest Florida’s new congressman was sworn in Wednesday.