Former Vice Mayor
Penny Taylor is a 10-year veteran of Naples City Council, the city’s former Vice-Mayor and a successful small business owner. She is mom to an adult daughter and served as foster “mom” to more than 44 “at risk” children over the past nine years. Her experience includes service on City Council during the dark days of post 9/11, when national and local security concerns were utmost priorities.
Financial Task Force
When “The Great Recession” hit, Penny’s proposal to appoint a seven member financial task force was welcomed by her colleagues on City Council. The blue ribbon committee was a public/private partnership of City officials and financially astute residents which ensured the continued financial stability of Naples. The result: while many other cities continue to be in serious financial trouble, Naples is one of the most financially sound municipalities in the nation.
Penny, a New York City photo/journalist, came to Naples in 1978 and opened a professional studio five years later. It has been in the same location for over 28 years.
Her work has appeared in some of the nation’s largest newspapers and magazines and in numerous exhibits in Southwest Florida, as well as in various local and regional magazines. Her work is on permanent exhibit at the Norris Center.
Penny photographed numerous local residences for “Dream Houses: Historic Beach Homes and Cottages of Naples,” written by interior designer Joie Wilson, ASID. The book is in its second printing by University Press of Florida.
Her most recent photographic work, “South Florida at Home: A Photographic Journey of 120 Years,” (a working title) is slated for publication by University Press of Florida in the fall of 2014. It was co- authored with Marlene Etta Weiss, Associate AIA.
A Director On Florida Humanities Council
As a result of her photographic work, as well as her experience on City Council which established the first public arts program in Naples, she was named to the board of directors of Florida Humanities Council, the Florida affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Penny is a graduate of the University of South Florida, performed post-graduate studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Photography in Rochester, New York, and is a member of the Association of Magazine Photographers.
Excellence & Experience
In announcing her run for County Commission she noted, “What I stand for, in a word, is: integrity. It is a big word that has been at the heart of my life and my service to my community. I’ve been encouraged by supporters to continue to serve my community. I believe that I have a lot to offer because of my experience and track record. Government leadership requires accountability, and I will be accountable to you, the Collier County taxpayer. I will bring a balanced approach to the challenges facing our community and integrity into my decision-making and my service to my community.”
“I love Collier County and the people who live here. I am excited and optimistic about our future and would be honored to serve you.”
Penny is member of the Women’s Republican Club of Collier County and of the League of Women Voters.