by Marielena Montesino de Stuart 


A Divine Comedy Special on “The Jackson Lab Deal”

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:  The Jackson Lab is a genetics lab based in Maine, which is also involved in the world of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research (HESC).  Thomas S. Monaghan, Founder and Chancellor of Ave Maria University has given the “go ahead” for the land to be allocated  for this lab in Ave Maria, Florida– the town he promoted as a “Catholic hub”.  Really, folks.

Steering Committee for Collier Gets to Work, LLLP

“The Jackson Lab deal” in Collier County, Florida, is nothing but monkey business.

Forty eight hours ago some thought it was all over.  So quickly.

The Jackson Lab announced that it withdrew its $50 million application to the state of Florida for first-year funding– as part of their Ave Maria-Jackson Lab project, in rural Eastern Collier County.  The Jackson Lab is apparently now actively reworking its image in front of the new governor– up in Tallahassee.

But the “Jackson Lab deal” is like the drunk that won’t pay and keeps sneaking in through the bar’s back door.  Each time there’s a new promise, and he keeps running up the tab.

Well, we’ve already ran a pretty steep tab with the taxpayer dollars spent in Collier County, by putting up with the Jackson Lab nonsense.

But the drunk is sneaking in again, this time disguised as “economic diversity”– including of course, support for– guess what?


While The Jackson Lab works on its makeover in Tallahassee, a new group has been unveiled bearing the name Collier Gets to Work, Inc. — (not to be confused with the very smart group featured above).

Some hard-core Jackson Lab deal supporters who are members of  Collier Gets to Work, Inc., appear to be recycling themselves under a new public relations spin.

Are they trying to resell us the “Jackson Lab deal”?

That would be a ridiculous attempt, given that a public poll showed that more than 80% of responders are against this taxpayer deal, not to mention the public protests and lawsuits filed to stop the Jackson train wreck.

Records from the Secretary of State show that Collier Gets to Work, Inc., is headquartered at the offices of the Economic Development Council of Collier County— the folks that helped bring us the Jackson Lab nightmare!

This deserves our first “Laughing Pup Award” of the year!

Now, let’s catch our breath.  These folks at the new Collier Gets to Work, Inc.,  really want us to focus on “life sciences” as the best means to create new jobs– and no doubt reach into taxpayer pockets.   Yes… that’s the new spin– “life sciences”.

How charming.

Monkey business

Let’s take a look at some fields included in “life sciences”.  Can you pick out a familiar one?  You know, the unproven and controversial one that Jackson Lab wants to experiment with in Collier County, using our taxpayer dollars?:

Agrotechnology,  Bio-engineering, Bio-Medical Science, Biochemistry, Biocomputing, Biocontrol, Biodynamics, Bioinformatics, Biology, Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Biomedical sciences, Biomolecular engineering, Biomonitoring, Biophysics, Biopolymers, Biotechnology, Botany, Cell biology, Cognitive neuroscience, Computational neuroscience, Developmental biology, Ecology, Environmental science, Evolutionary biology, Evolutionary Genetics, Food Science, Genetics, Genomics, Health Sciences, Immunogenetics, Immunology, Immunotherapy, Medical devices, Medical imaging, Medicine, Microbiology, Molecular biology, Nanotechnology, Neuroinformatics, Neuroscience, Oncology, Optometry, Personalized medicine, Pharmacogenomics, Pharmacology, Physiology, Plant sciences, Proteomics, Structural biology, Systems biology, Tissue engineering, Zoology, etc., etc., etc.,

Which one is it– ladies and gentlemen of Collier Gets to Work, Inc.?

We’ve already been put through enough ‘smoke and mirror sessions’ with the Ave Maria-Jackson lab deal.

Will the taxpayer experiment involve  Personalized Medicine?

Will it now involve Evolutionary Genetics?   You know… monkey business?

Collier County taxpayers want to know.

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TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:  The Jackson Lab + Barron Collier Companies + Thomas S. Monaghan + Ave Maria University + Ave Maria, Florida + Collier County, Florida + Eastern Collier County, Florida + Collier Gets to Work Inc + Regional Business Alliance + Economic Development Council of Collier County.

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