The Melo Minute

The Melo Minute
December 10, 2021 – Recognizing Human Rights Week!
579 is a Dime
I am proud to introduce House Bill 597: Aquatic Plant Management.


This bill focuses on enhancing the treatment and water quality of Lake Okeechobee. HB 579 is an innovative pilot project that calls for the removal of biomass using “biomass removal technologies & mechanical aquatic plant management techniques.” I am also proud to mention that HB 579 is not just a bill to remove harmful biomass that affects our waters, but repurposes biomass nutrients to improve local economies! How? By repurposing the nutrients found into “a new, natural, and local source of soil amendments or compost for agricultural purposes that will also give way to innovation and job creation in the state.” This project will be spearheaded by The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission “in consultation with the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida and the Water School at Florida Gulf Coast University.” I am ecstatic about this proactive step towards protecting and improving Florida’s water. To read House Bill 579 click here.

Moving towards ’22
This past Wednesday, I had the privilege to join Senator Passidomo and fellow Florida House Members Borerro and Rommel for the Collier County Delegation Day. We heard from Collier County constituents, business, organizations, leaders, and their priorities for the upcoming 2022 Legislative Session. I loved directly hearing the diverse needs of this community. However, I always love hearing from members of the District 80 family; allowing myself and the District 80 team to tailor our goals to represent our constituents in the best possible manner. In the 2022 Legislative Session, I will continue to stand by my beliefs as a conservative Republican to protect our second amendment rights, honor our veterans, cut bureaucratic red tape, and grow our economy. If you did not have a chance to speak at the Delegation Day meeting, please reach out to our office. I would love to hear your comments, concerns, and ideas.
Help sponsor the cost of a service member’s holiday gift home this Christmas. Full Circle Home is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping military personnel send their holiday gifts and cards back home. Be the bridge that helps bring our hero’s families closer. Find how you can support here.
Community Connection


Christmas Around The World – Let The Good Times Roll

December 11th

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Sugar Express-Clewiston

December 11th

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Out of the Darkness Naples Walk by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention-Naples

December 13th

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Ave Maria Patriots – Guest Speaker State Representative Lauren Melo

December 14th

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What We’re Reading


Collier County leaders meet with state legislators to discuss 2022 priorities



Karl Schneider

Naples Daily News

Ethics Commission finds probable cause Nikki Fried violated income disclosure law


Jacob Ogles

Florida Politics

Veterans, police officers fighting City of Naples for benefits they say they’re owed


Annette Montgomery & Drew Hill

Wink News

This Week’s Words of Wisdom
The Song Of The Week




This week’s Song of the Week is

12 Days of Christmas” by Christmas Carol


There may be only “12 days of Christmas” but you can count on the District 80 team every day.


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