Penny Taylor represents Collier County’s 4th District. The boundary of District 4 follows the Gulf of Mexico on the west, and Pine Ridge Road on the north to where Pine Ridge Road meets I-75. From there it follows south along I-75 and then Santa Barbara to Davis Blvd. The boundary then heads west following Davis Boulevard to County Barn Road, then south to Rattlesnake Hammock Road and west on Rattlesnake to US 41 south.
Taylor was first elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2014 and was re-elected in 2018. She was named Chair in 2017 and 2021. From 2000-2010 Taylor served on the Naples City Council including two years as Naples Vice-Mayor.
Taylor currently serves as Chair of Economic Development for the Board of County Commissioners and has worked to continue to diversify Collier’s economy by developing policies to attract and retain leading manufacturing and distribution companies.
She chaired the Tourist Development Council in 2015 and 2016 and was responsible for the promotion of Collier County as a world-wide tourist destination. She led the process to develop a third ‘leg’ of the tourism stool: leisure, the arts - and now sports tourism. And Taylor initiated Collier County’s first Arts and Culture Strategic Plan to ensure the county advances as a hub of cultural activity.
Taylor has been a member of the County Coalition for the Responsible Management of Lake Okeechobee since 2020. This brings a regional focus to maintaining a clean, healthy Lake Okeechobee, which is fundamental to maintaining a clean, healthy Gulf of Mexico.
Taylor is deeply involved in state-level water policy as well. In 2019, Penny was appointed Collier County representative on the Florida Association of Counties Water and Environmental Sustainability Policy Committee.
Taylor was appointed as the Collier County representative on the Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance in 2019. She worked to refocus M-CORES to support and improve existing statewide infrastructure.
Taylor chaired the Metropolitan Planning Organization in 2016 and 2017. The MPO is a long range planning organization for the transportation network of Collier County, directing state and federal funding.
Taylor has owned and operated her own photography business in Naples for the past 40 years. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida, with a Bachelor of Arts.
Taylor has fostered close to fifty children and is a proud mother of one daughter and grandmother to two children. She is also a happy adopter of a dog from the county’s Domestic Animal Services whose name is Buster J. Whitefoot.