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GREAT SCOTT! LEE COUNTY SHERIFF MIKE SCOTT may be one of the most-public community but it didn’t start out that way. “When I was first elected and well into my second term I actually resisted being in our popular public service announcements and related opportunities, but the more I spoke to colleagues across the state and nation I realized the power of the forum. I am happy to speak to Rotary luncheons and similar groups but that is generally 40 or 50 people. Lee County today has close to one million residents and visitors at any given time and I can reach a couple of hundred thousand all at once with our lifesaving tips and advice.” 22 public figures in our Innovative Health Magazine miles and is now quite different from the world of the young Mike Scott. A third-generation Lee County resident, Sheriff Scott recalls with nostalgia how dirt trails then are 6-lane roadways now, “and those changes pail compared to the experiences of my 86-year-old Mother, or listening to my grandparents before her.” While he appreciates our commerce and economy, innovation and expansion, Sheriff Scott feels that change isn’t always for the better, and while realistic that the Fort Myers of his past is gone he hopes “we do not destroy the very things we live here for or moved One of the most powerful and effective centered on the perils of teens driving and texting. “The image of the daughter behind the wheel is a powerful message, that taking your eyes off the road for just one second can lead to tragedy, is something relatable to 99.99% of the general public.” Sheriff Scott points with pride that production costs are paid for from forfeited dollars from drug arrests, transforming these ill-gotten gains into life-saving community outreach sessions. This mass-media marketing is necessary in a jurisdiction that covers over 1,000-square-


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