Monday, October 25, 2021

Governor Signs COPCN Bill

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It was an historic day for Marco Island citizens when Governor Rick Scott signed Local Bill 1395 allowing citizens to vote “yes“ or “no” for local control of ambulance service (COPCN), on March 23, 2018. This referendum will be on the August 28, 2018 Primary Election Ballot. State Representative Bob Rommel introduced the bill on January 8, 2018. The bill passed through legislative committees, the Florida House and the Senate with only one “no” vote.

Political action committee, “Our City Our Ambulance” (OCOA) reached out to hundreds of Marco Island citizens requesting they email or call Governor Scott’s office urging him to sign the bill. The Governor’s office remarked that they were impressed with the high volume of emails and phone calls received from the Marco Island citizens supporting this bill.

OCOA was recently organized with a mission to inform the public on the benefits of local control of ambu- lance service and what it will cost the taxpayers. Additionally, OCOA is actively working to inform all registered voters who are not present on Marco Island for the August 28th Primary Election as to what they need to do to ensure they have an opportunity to cast their vote on this referendum.

To support informing the public about the importance and cost for Marco Island to control it’s own ambulance service, and to promote voter awareness for the August 28, 2018 Primary Election Ballot, donations may be sent to OCOA, P.O. Box 891, Marco Island, FL 34146.

For information or to schedule a presentation, contact Dr. Jerry Swiacki, OCOA Chairman at To visit our website go to

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