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Will Collier County, Florida Join Bill of Rights Sanctuary Movement?

In response to a campaign launched by the Florida Citizens Alliance and others, Collier County, Florida has become the latest county to consider a Bill of Rights Sanctuary ordinance. Of the 67 counties in the state of Florida, 42 have already adopted Second

Amendment sanctuary resolutions. With three Commissioners still not committed to a YES vote, if just one Collier County Commissioner can be brought along, the wealthy coastal enclave may be the first to pass an ordinance protecting all freedoms outlined in the Bill of Rights.

Last Tuesday Commissioners discussed the ordinance. More than 20 people spoke in favor of the ordinance at the meeting including leaders like Congressman Byron Donalds and Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk.

Sheriff Rambosk testified in favor of the ordinance saying he lives and serves by the constitution.

“I have the duty to protect constitutional rights of all persons,” Rambosk said.

Sheriff Rambosk stated he plans to take this ordinance to the Florida Sheriffs Association and request they approve it.

Among the citizens speaking in favor of the ordinance The Epoch Times reported:

“It scares me that the First Amendment is okay for some but not for all,” recent high school graduate Jacob Wagganer told the board, sharing that his grandparents emigrated from Fidel Castro’s Cuba. “That’s my biggest problem, especially for conservatives in the era of cancel culture. It’s really scary what’s going on in this country.”

“You as our representatives must have the courage to do what is right,” Alexandra Sulecki advised the board, producing an additional 231 petitions she brought in support of the ordinance. “If you don’t have the courage to affirm the Bill of Rights, our foundational document, then I would recommend to your constituents that at the first possible moment, they replace you with someone who does.”

Model, actress, writer, and Collier County resident Victoria Redstall stood before the board to share how she had been “completely canceled on Facebook” because she is a strong conservative Republican who supports Donald Trump and law enforcement.

Carol Depalo, community programs director for the Coalition to Save Hempstead Harbor and founder of the Joey DiPaolo AIDS Foundation, spoke of how the federal government is violating HIPAA laws by forcing citizens to get vaccinated or explain what medical condition they have to justify non-compliance.

Congressman Byron Donalds emphasized to Commissioners that approving this ordinance is not taking a political stance.

“This is not really a Republican, Democrat thing this is about the nature of our republic the nature of our bill of rights in our constitution and a reality that every elected official swear an oath to uphold the constitution of these United States,” Donalds said.

Rep. Donalds further spoke of the rancor and disconnect he observes on Capitol Hill, which “goes past the simple arguments about Second Amendment rights.”

“It goes much further,” he assured, “and these are not just talking points and speeches at rallies. These are legislative ideas that are coming from the other side of the aisle.”

“Being a congressional representative, I will tell you there are moves to try to strip elements of the Bill of Rights as they exist in the United States Constitution,” Donalds cautioned, “and being the lawful authority here in Collier County, I see no reason why you can’t align yourself, not only with the United States Constitution but also Florida’s Constitution.”

Remarkably, the final passage of the ordinance was delayed over concerns that it might require Collier County to actually act to protect the Bill of Rights and over Commission Chairwoman Penny Taylor’s annoyance with citizens attending the Commission meeting clapping and cheering in support of the proponents of the ordinance.

Commissioner Andy Solis (District 2) was the strongest holdout.

No matter how many times Commissioner McDaniel attempted to explain that the Constitution clearly outlines what is and is not constitutional, and that the Sheriff—and the Sheriff’s attorneys—believed the ordinance was sound, Solis refused to support the measure as written.

“Let’s say there’s federal legislation,” Solis hypothesized, suggesting that something they followed today was found to be unconstitutional “three years from now.”

“The way this is written,” he alleged without evidence, “we could all be sued for that.”

We urge readers and friends to contact the members of the Collier County Board of County Commissioners who still have questions about the ordinance to respectfully urge them to adopt the Bill of Rights Sanctuary ordinance.

Commissioner Andy Solis, Esq. - Andy.Solis@CollierCountyFL.Gov

Commission Chairman Penny Taylor Penny.Taylor@CollierCountyFL.Gov

Commissioner Burt L. Saunders Burt.Saunders@CollierCountyFL.Gov

  • Collier County Florida

  • Florida Citizens Alliance

  • Bill of Rights Sanctuary ordiance

  • Second Amendment sanctuaries

  • Collier County Commissioners

  • Congressman Byron Donalds

  • Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk

  • Commission Chairwoman Penny Taylor

  • Commissioner Andy Solis

  • Commissioner Burt L. Saunders

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