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July 12, 2013

To the editor: Over the last few months I have taken it upon myself to meet with residents, city employees, past leaders, current leaders and many associations, clubs and groups to learn about the......

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Jul-12-13 6:21 AM

I will say to you the same thing I have said to all the others who are running and have sent in an LTE. Stop talking in sweeping generalities and tell us your plan on how you will achieve your stated goals, that will separate you from the pack.

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Jul-12-13 7:40 AM

Well stated...

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Jul-12-13 9:40 AM

onlythetruth: Here is a secret that everyone should know about by now. The Mayor is a ceremonial position. The Mayor has one vote in our city manager type of government. Even if a candidate states that they will do certain things. Without the majority vote, they can do nothing. I listen to their ideas because that is the only thing they can bring to city council.

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Jul-12-13 2:30 PM

without a solid grip on the problems facing the city, one cannot expect to be able to solve them. Problems are not solved on the same level as they were created. Ms. Sawicki seems to be on the right track by wanting to determine what the citizens in the city want, not what agenda the group who put their candidate puts forth. She doesn't seem like she is willing to sign a "contract". Fresh thought and a willingness to listen sounds good to me. I, personally, am tired of the old tired people with old tired ideas and nothing better to do being in charge. Read the letter again, she IS telling you what she would do, if you just take the time to comprehend it.

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Jul-12-13 9:14 PM

grumpy19 ~ I disagree with your assessment of the Mayor being a "ceremonial position".

Historically the Mayor is on the MPO Board. Which is now located in the new Public Works Building (old city hall) IN Cape Coral. That puts the responsibility on his/her shoulders to see that we get OUR fair share.

The mayoralty position is to be the spokesperson FOR the city. To initiate dialog with other government bodies i.e. local and state representatives.

onlythetruth ~ As far as "talking in sweeping generalities", the Lady states some pretty point blank issues AND directions to move forward with.

Refreshing letter Ms. Sawicki.

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Jul-12-13 10:45 PM

grumpy19, if I cast my vote based solely on ideas I would dig up Einstein and have him run for office. Yes, ideas are good, but if you do not know how to bring them to fruition, or cannot explain how you will attempt to do so through a well laid out plan you are basically useless as a candidate, and one of the many who waxed poetic about what we need while having no idea how to implement it. It's just more broad strokes which will never be fulfilled.

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Jul-13-13 6:55 AM

What a breath of fresh air, I look forward to hearing more from Ms. Sawicki.

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Jul-13-13 7:49 AM

I will be voting for the council members and mayor that promise to stay out of my pocket. If they keep that promise then I will continue to vote for them.

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Jul-13-13 9:08 AM

Yes let's bring up the Metropolitan Planning Organization.

Let's point out this city sent a representative to it for 10 years and paid $48,000 to be a voting member.

Let's point out Mayor John Sullivan after attending found out the Cape Representatives in prior year were attending infrequently. But allowed the city to pay for those 10 years $480,000 with nothing in return. Sullivan held up the $48,000 yearly payment and was chastised by many for that. Just add it to the pile of squandered TAX dollars those before him just kept signing the checks!

Add up the millions this city overspent on garbage deals like this one and you have CAPE CORAL, FLORIDA.

Residents do not be angry, jaded or speak up. Remain quiet, content, and willing to overpay for poor second rate government at top shelf price. Keep pretending all is well when it has been shown to have so many flaws. Continue to overlook and stumble forward at whatever cost. Live the lie so others will not know & a fix not

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Jul-13-13 10:39 AM

Nice try lightswitch. Before posting, try learning. The city did not spend $48K on the MPO. The money went to the Regional Planning Council. The MPO is funded by the feds.

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Jul-13-13 11:59 AM

Dimbulb, MPO???, NOT! BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Since you brought it up, I believe the MPO is where your bud, Sully, repaid his big contributor who owns property at Veterans and Santa Barbara by condemning the overpass there. Oh, politics, what fun!

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Jul-13-13 12:41 PM

outinside: yes, the mayor is on the MPO. The Mayor is not the sole vote for Cape Coral. Cape Coral has 4 votes. Where is our fair share if he is supposed to make sure we get it. Cape Coral pays more in taxes than any other municipality in Lee County. We do not get back what we should. Anyone who believes a candidate for any office that makes promises of what, and how they will do something, is either a fool or someone who has no idea how our system of government works. She has ideas, which are good, but cannot promise to implement any of them. It all depends on the whole council, not one individual.

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Jul-13-13 1:59 PM

I have several questions if you want to answer them and not just a bunch of buzz words. 1. Do you support the City Manager and agree with his actions so far? 2. Do you support the public service tax? 3. Do you support the UEP in this economic environment? Do you support the Fire Service Tax? 4. Do you fell we need more or less city government? I am sure you or any other candidate will not answer thises questions. I am sure your primary support group will be unions and city workers. When you answer the questions then we will know what your "New Outlook" really is.

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Jul-13-13 2:03 PM

Only the Truth, if you are expecting honesty and straightforwardness from this candidate you are wasting your time. Grand platitudes is all you will get, not a plan. I bet she has no idea what the city government spent last year or what they plan on spending this year. She will take no stand except to be forward looking. Just more BS.

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Jul-14-13 6:11 AM

Hahahahahaha!! Classic Dimmie!!! A word of advice Dimmie.... You should know what your talking about before you state it. Happens every week, what a putz.

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Jul-14-13 5:53 PM

lightswitch....the Mayor has accomplished nothing in four years, am I to believe he will differ with another four? He and his "like-minded" group have brought nothing to the Cape but hate and discontent, and an unwillingness for anyone, anywhere, to work with him.###JJ,,,Marni scares the*****out of you, doesn't she. Shen should, because she is the exact polar opposite of the "ROADIE" ideal. She is young, exciting, and wants to take our city into this century. We as a group in this city are finished with the "tired, angry old man" class in govt. Bringing things into today is not something you can wrap your mind around. Marni has my vote. The alternatives are angry vote or been there, didn't do it vote.

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Jul-15-13 12:32 PM

JJS...don't look now, but she is gaining on you. Where was "your plan" (meaning Sullivan) for four years...nowhere. Try to keep Sully awake during the meetings. That might help.

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Jul-15-13 3:16 PM

What was pointed out bug time is that this city has been a rats nest for decades.

Just to bring it into a semblance of order took time. BUT IT WAS FINALLY PROVEN THE CITY DID NOT EVEN MAINTAIN THE MOST BASIC OF RECORD KEEPING. He also had an unwilling group of union puppets to cover up deny, deny and continue to deny waste and self profiteering. We have watched the path the Slick Six has guided the city down and I mean DOWN and it is a FAILURE. That is why so many LIES figures that do not make sense in spite of huge amount of Tax dollars from normal means in the 7.13% property valuation.

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Jul-15-13 3:21 PM

SHE is far from the winner and in fact has not even stated much of anything or how she intends to change anything. Because she is not...right? Just more of the Slick Six.

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Jul-15-13 3:27 PM

If Sullivan repaid his friend it was with fleshing out almost half a million dollars paid by the stupid Mayors before him who paid $48,000 a year for ten years.

Where were the councilmembers who were to attend the meeting before Sullivan was ever elected and SAID NOTHING?

Half a million buck of tax payer dollars FOR ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

Take a close look at these recycled rag a muffins who are going to attempt to run and rerun for Mayor. Burche & Boyd.

Someone ask Boyd about the road he made sure went by his commercial land when he was on the city council last time!

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Jul-15-13 3:34 PM

MPO is only trying to repay the money the seem to know the city of Cape Coral< FL squandered on the organization for ten years. I have to repeat $48,000 for 10 years for NOTHING. How stupid. So now they are paying the city rent and this MPO may end up as an organization DOA!

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Jul-15-13 3:44 PM

Half a million bucks says I am not so dim and it has even lit lights in many voters minds as well.

Tell the majority of the voters how they are being screwed by a false reduction in millage rate to improve a false balance sheet in this city.

Tell the the home owners 50% of the 50,000 plus home will be paying more than the $65 and more like the $230 a home for what is NOW in their real estate Tax.

Tell the majority of the people who live here 12 months a year they will be paying a 7% utility tax every month especially in the late spring and summer months.

The SIX can look at each other and figure we are not going to be on council when we run again! Neither will t5heir replacement friends!

Your up to your chin and sinking fast. Keep changing the rules to try to make the city viable? NO!

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Jul-16-13 12:14 PM

As stated before, it is not the MPO, that received $48,000 a year. Set the record straight.

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Jul-16-13 2:39 PM

hang in there lightswitch.. soon you and your old drinking buddies can Hoot in your beers thing for sure it wont be at the yacht club anymore

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Jul-17-13 12:32 AM

Sorry wrong initials but the FACT remains this excuse of a city spent a half a million dollars ($480,000 to be exact) for absolutely NOTHING. Ask the CLOWNS on the city council if they need that money? Note this when Sullivan stopped payment and brought the fact to light that the city was getting next to nothing for the money snd cities like Sanibel, Ft. Myers Beach (a town), Alva, Ft. Myers, were not paying anything a few still on this council balked and RAILED at that time! Pay attention because people like you are causing most to pay more than they need to pay to run a city!

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