Brent Batten, Naples Daily News

Brent Batten

Naples Daily News

Naples, FL, United States

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Recent articles by Brent:

Brent Batten: Collier puts out solid marble welcome mat in East Naples

"La Donna," an abstract sculpture by Hungarian artist Marton Varo, is being erected this week at the intersection of Collier Boulevard and U.S. 41 East. → Read More

Brent Batten: Local investigator fighting high-tech crime using an old-fashioned workbook

Sheriff's task force has three public forums scheduled in coming weeks to educate people about identity theft, fraud and cyberthreats. → Read More

Brent Batten: Local experts spur critical thinking for Naples nonprofit

The idea is to tap the wealth of local expertise and to increase the level of understanding and education of residents. → Read More

Brent Batten: Florida should be grateful for Iowa's taking of an unwanted distinction

For almost two decades, Florida has been the butt of jokes about botched elections and questionable outcomes. → Read More

Brent Batten: Golden Gate mom, Gold Star Family seek to put their stamp on history

While teaching her three children about their grandfather, Jennifer Denard's 14-year-old son came up with the idea of a Gold Star Families stamp. → Read More

Brent Batten: Watching the Super Bowl in Miami from the comfort of little old Naples

Miami is hosting the biggest game in football. Collier County is building a stadium to accommodate middle school football. → Read More

Brent Batten: Speaking the language of the Naples Winter Wine Festival

Here again is a primer on some of the terminology you might hear bandied about this weekend. → Read More

Brent Batten: History warns of economic sanctions and their consequences, author cautions

Countless letters, diary entries and telegrams tell a story of world leaders knowingly or unknowingly headed toward war. → Read More

Brent Batten: Unlikely — and likely — candidates face long presidential odds in 2020 and beyond

With action to be placed on everything from Australian rules football to volleyball, it should come as no surprise that PowerPlay has ventured into politics. → Read More

Brent Batten: Getting to Naples Botanical Garden no walk in the park for motorists

If you know how to get to Naples Botanical Garden, the signs directing you off Interstate 75 will leave you scratching your head. → Read More

Brent Batten: Affordable housing on Golden Gate golf course gets big boost

The Schulze Foundation has pledged up to $5 million toward a public-private partnership to put hundreds of rental units on part of the property. → Read More

Brent Batten: Recreational marijuana push gets backing from predictable sources

The press to get recreational marijuana on the ballot in 2020 is in full swing and its being funded by, you guessed it, medical marijuana providers. → Read More

Brent Batten: 2020 visions foretell of upheaval, scandals and lobsters on the land

It’s far more entertaining to look ahead, an ideal pursuit in the first days of 2020, what with the 20-20 vision thing. → Read More

Brent Batten: Checking immigration status of state inmates is only common sense

Why in the world would you not want to know if a convicted felon is in the country illegally? → Read More

Brent Batten: Miracle team owner flexing his mussels with new name

In truth, mussels aren’t the most imposing of creatures. → Read More

Brent Batten: Redevelopment takes center stage — again — in Naples mayoral race

Heitmann’s entry into the race for Naples mayor guarantees another high-profile airing of the issue that has defined recent city elections. → Read More

Brent Batten: Another JFK mystery: Was a 1963 visit to Naples in the works?

Former police chief said police were briefed by the Secret Service that the president would be visiting soon. It was to be a stay of a couple of weeks. → Read More

Brent Batten: Florida lands in the middle of most intelligent states, thankfully

In the George Costanza spectrum of achievement, it’s right there in the middle. Not showing off, not falling behind. A solid C, or at a minimum a C-. → Read More

Brent Batten: Compromise farm labor bill threatened by impeachment frenzy

“Nothing that needs to be done is getting done. Appropriations bills are not getting done.” → Read More

Brent Batten: Selfies with celebrities sure sign Naples still a small town

Imagine if Oprah Winfrey addressed a financial conference in New York or Miami. You know what the reaction would be? Nothing. → Read More