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State Rep. holds open house at new office

February 6, 2019
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

Many of District 79's heavy hitters showed up at Marinatown on Wednesday to mark the opening of a new office designed to serve that constituency.

State Rep. Spencer Roach welcomed dozens of people to his new office, meeting with them, hearing their concerns and posing for photos while they enjoyed refreshments and even heard briefly from the new representative.

Roach sent out invitations to all the civic organizations in the district so they could meet him and learn about things he could help them with.

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From left, North Fort Myers Civic Association president Doug Dailey, Laura Lewis, Teri Helm, State Rep. Spencer Roach, Danny Ballard and Debbie Ballard at Roach’s open house Wednesday at his office in Marinatown.


"This is their office. They pay the salary and the rent and I want them to know we work for them and are happy to serve them," Roach said. "It isn't an issue-based function, but more of a get-to-know-you session."

Many of those who were invited attended, including Lee County Tax Collector Larry Hart and Roach's predecessor, Matt Caldwell.

Roach, who will attend his first legislative session next month, said he is hearing more about water quality than anything, as local businesses were forced to close during the blue-green algae crisis.

"People have short memories. Now that the algae is gone, we don't want to lose focus on this. We want to keep pressing forward for solutions," Roach said. "The speed in which the governor is working is breathtaking."

Roach said criminal justice reform and child welfare issues are also on the top of his docket.

Roach chose Marinatown because of its location within the district. Caldwell had an office in Buckingham near the Mosquito District, which was closer to where Caldwell lived but not as centrally located.

The accessibility of the new ofice location impressed many people.

Among them was Becky Lucas, vice president for community outreach for Habitat for Humanity.

"The door is always open and he is always making it accessible. From day one he has opened the door to his constituents to anyone who has an issue," Lucas said. "He's attentive, researches issues, responds and follows up."

As for Caldwell, he was also impressed with Spencer and the office.

"I think he's going to do a great job in this district. He dedicated himself to the grass roots. Having an office in North Fort Myers is a fantastic thing for the community," Caldwell said. "This makes sense, especially with 2020 coming up and the different configuration."

The office is at 3436 Marinatown Lane, Suite 6. The office can be reached at (239) 656-7790.



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