The Naples Area Board of Realtors (NABOR) in Naples, Florida was honored with being selected by Florida junior Senator Marco Rubio, (R) as his first stop since his victory in November 2010 to the U.S. Senate, for his first post-election Town Hall Meeting. I’m going to try not to write like I have a gushing love affair with him. It’s easy not to find faults, although I’m 100 percent sure he has them, so I’ll try to stay objective and will center my efforts on the facts. Let me first say that the room was fully occupied with standing room only. All the expected media was present but even they seemed starry-eyed to see him. He most certainly has a presence about him and has an extremely affable, not phony, persona about him. He connected immediately with his constituents and after speaking for just a bit, it was easy to see why he won the election. He’s the epitome of the guy next door. The one you find so easy to pop a brewskie with on a hot summer’s eve. Get past the handsome face and self-deprecating charm, the warmth and sincerity, and you’ll find a man that has the courage of his convictions and lives the walk that he talked about during his campaigning. Consistent values. Yes, you can compromise on ideas, but not principals. After all, isn’t that one of the foundations that makes great relationships work? True, he’s only been in office for 1 month and a day but let’s analyze what he’s accomplished in just a few short weeks. I, for one, and by the way, from the turnout on Friday, I’ll bet there’s many, many more like me, will concur with my comments. Giving him the benefit of the doubt as it takes quite a bit of organizational skills, some would even go so far as to call it community organization, to enlist his staff and accomplish getting set up in their new office in Washington, as well as, settling into new digs in Florida. He will have offices throughout the state and specifically one in Southwest Florida although they’ve not decided yet if it will be Ft Myers or Naples and will rotate every 5-6 weeks. He made it pointedly clear that he will not spend most of his time inside the Beltway, but rather where his roots are, where his peeps are. To date, and these are just the things he spoke about and not the minutiae we can only imagine, he has become a member of the following Committees: Foreign Relations, U.S. Intelligence and the one he’s most excited about, the Small Business Committee. He is quite cognizant of the impact that small businesses have on the sustainability of a strong economy and feels he has a lot to add from immersing himself in that arena. He has made a trip to Afghanistan and Iraq for 4 of those first 31 days, meeting with our troops and our leaders. His passion for crediting our young men and women in service, along with a great capacity of deep American pride, was clearly evident when he spoke of those defending our country.View our best fish fillet knife available on sale now. Check in on Tuesday for Part II of this update. For further information or any questions on Naples real estate please contact Ruth Bethem at Ruth@RuthBethem.com or direct at 239-777-7007 or toll free 877-777-7545.