According to Commissioner Henning’s own aid, Tom Henning never received contributions from the Ritz Carlton, Vanderbilt Beach Resort, the Turtle Club, Mr. Tierney or Mr. Moore, all with interest along our coast and in an area outside of Tom Henning’s district, prior to 2007.
Keep in mind that the Collier County Vanderbilt Parking Garage was built between 2005 and 2006.
Tom Henning was very much in favor of improving the Collier County owned park and was in favor of developing the parking lot, back then.
What changed Tom Henning?
After the Vanderbilt Parking lot was built 2005-2006, Henning ran once for re-election for commissioner in District 3 in 2008, but this time he received contributions in 2007 from Vanderbilt Beach Resort, the Turtle Club, Mr. Tierney and Mr. Moore, who strongly oppose the development of the Vanderbilt Park, which is connected to the wonderful Parking Garage. This money came in just a year after completion of the Vanderbilt Parking Garage.
Even while the county funds are available and the dire need for the Vanderbilt Beach Facility is the same, after Henning received thousands of dollars in contributions from these opposing coastal residents, Henning now opposes improvement of the Vanderbilt Beach Park. Strange?
I live in Hennings district and want this Park developed for the common good.
The Ritz Carlton, Vanderbilt Beach Resort, the Turtle Club, Mr. Tierney and Mr. Moore have businesses outside of Hennings district yet clearly have this commissioner eager to help them win their battle against improvement of the Vanderbilt Beach Park.
Tom Henning said he will run again for commissioner, but I have to ask where his priorities are. For the residents and businesses along the coast or his District 3 constituents, who will benefit tremendously from the improvements at the Vanderbilt Beach Park.
Competition in business is a good thing!
Competition makes you want to make your business better than mine. It’s the American way and proven far better than socialism. The businesses in the area need to focus on producing a better product than what will be sold at the county park. My only objection will be if this facility is run by Collier County and not a private company that bid for the location.
Selling your Vote
It’s clear that Tom Henning has sold his vote to coastal interests outside his Collier County District 3. A vote not for the common good of Collier County and tourism and value, but for a selfish short term gain that will hinder economic growth and improvement, for the long term.