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Wake Up Cape Coral voters/taxpayers

August 30, 2013

To the editor: Cape Coral doesn’t have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem....

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lightswitch

Oct-04-13 9:04 AM

Packer how do you figure Brandt was part of the problem? The blade fell on the city of Cape Coral in 2010 when its finance director and city manager resigned. Prior to them leaving they at council meetings prior to November of 2010 they at the council meetings, documented on Cape TV told the council and the residents. Mark Mason Fin Dir.. "I have NO money to run the city or pay the interest due on bonds that had been issued." So a motion was promptly called for by the Finance Director and the city manager for 2 $20 million bonds to run the city and pay the interest on debt the city already owed. How quickly some forget. Time to rewind and play back those meetings!

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netransplant

Oct-04-13 6:06 AM

People, all you have to see is that a disgraced former council man is trying to sling mud uphill, after in the past having spent city resources on relations with a strip club. Really Pete, shouldn't you give thanks your other half didn't toss you to the curb? Do you really think you have enough credibility to judge anyone?

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Lolita

Sep-09-13 11:40 AM

Litebulb:

HE DIDN'T SAY IT, YOU DID SWEETIE.

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lightswitch

Sep-08-13 11:20 PM

Stupid Lolit! No Brandt didn't do it all. He never said he did. But even you could follow he did attend the meetings he was supposed to and brought back the information for the entire FAB 5 council to vote on. The information he brought back was used by staff and EPA to log and use the scientific findings to prove the spreader was causing more harm then good. The information he helped get from the meeting and combined with the data was solid enough to back down Lee County from suing the city. You do recall the $1.5 million they put up for the litigation?

Knowing you the way I do you remember very little unless of course it benefits you.

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Lolita

Sep-07-13 8:13 PM

I'm sure that everyone who participated in the Spreader issue is thrilled to hear and read that Pete Brandt did it all. He did nothing on Council but fumble the ball constantly and stand behind Deile waiting for his orders. Hey Pete, you calling the rest in this City numbskulls??? Really....this from the "president" of the rag numbskulls. Vote for Marni and Burch.

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Packer

Sep-02-13 5:30 PM

Thanks for the insight senseless!!! Now I am convinced Marni is my candidate. Anyone that can bounce back from struggle and adversity such as that deserves my vote. Not to mention she is not part of or tied to an organization that would stoop so low as photographing small children without parental consent to make a political point. Marni gets my vote!!!!

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1sandy

Sep-02-13 4:30 PM

@MrCommonSense: real scumbag you are. If you know that much, then you know she had nothing to do with being involved with the scam. She was as much a victim as those who were complaing about her ex-husband. You gotta be a scumbag RAG!

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Raydunavant

Sep-01-13 8:31 PM

Pete, Since you have all the answers, why don't you run for Council??? Oh, yeah, you did that, and got thrown out on your ear! Please go back to California, so you can have your RV in your driveway!

BTW, did the hostess at Babes help you write this?

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onlythetruth

Sep-01-13 2:40 PM

Well, it's certainly nice to see that Mr brandt hasn't changed his viewpoint of the citizenry here in our beloved Cape Coral. Much like when he occupied a seat on the dais, he is condesending, arrogant, and in dire need to be seen as the smartest person in the room. Just because the electorate did not vote in your favor, or come out to vote for you Mr Brandt does not mean they are numbskulls. It simply means you gave them no reason to back you the second time around. In other words, you failed them miserably. Keep up the good work though, letters such as this serve to remaind all of us who voted against you that we made the right decision to toss you out.

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lightswitch

Aug-31-13 9:18 PM

Brandt went to the meetings for the north spreader system. He was successful in having the scientific data gathered and stuffed in the face of Lee County so the threat of a law suite disappeared.

The county put up $1.5 of which Cape taxpayers put up 25% or more of that tax money.

Unlike so many others in the city staff who either did not or did not know how to keep records or collect data.

Brandt fulfilled his obligation on that task.

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Packer

Aug-31-13 6:25 PM

That is the roaming freebie part.

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Packer

Aug-31-13 6:25 PM

Mr common sense... I suspect this will be an extremely rare moment.. Perhaps a one time only. But... I agree whole heartily with your comments.

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1sandy

Aug-31-13 1:10 PM

Does anyone believe that Peter wrote this LTE? No one I spoke to does.

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Duo008

Aug-31-13 12:36 PM

Something, just seems strange that Pete is telling us to Wake up !!!!

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johngalt

Aug-31-13 7:29 AM

Thank you Mr. Brandt. Great letter!

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grumpy19

Aug-30-13 5:19 PM

oops, I meant (5 on previous council)

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grumpy19

Aug-30-13 5:18 PM

1sandy: I too have emailed Council. Most of Council seems to ignore emails when they contain questions that require an answer. I will say this. The way the vote goes with this council, as with previous council, one has to wonder what kind of agreement was made with 6 of them 95 with previous council). As for my going to council. That all depends on my mental attitude that day. PTSD ***** for those of us that have to deal with it.

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1sandy

Aug-30-13 4:44 PM

@grumpy19: I have emailed the Council several times myself trying to get specific answers, none were forth coming. I wonder if the changes to the Assessment seem to show a lack of continuity because it has been done in the open, including the evolving of the process with changes, instead of all going into the smoke filled back room and then coming out with a finished product. I would suggest going to a Council meeting and asking during citizens input. When I come back in October I may go, if my questions have not been answered by then.

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Dsharrd

Aug-30-13 4:36 PM

Thank you Pete. Now we all know who not to vote for!!!

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grumpy19

Aug-30-13 4:08 PM

Many don't have large pensions, and their SS is not that much either. There are others that are holding onto what they have by the skin of their teeth. Many of those depend on the generosity of food banks and such to provide basics to live on.

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grumpy19

Aug-30-13 4:05 PM

1sandy: I can understand commenting due to his credibility. Some of what he did say is true. Content of the letter has to count for something sometimes. Here is a problem with the Fire Service Assessment. Where is that money supposed to go. Is it to go into the general revenue fund to be used as council deems fit to spend it on? I have watched the development of this fee and the figures seem to keep changing. Why is council trying to borrow money against the service fee? The service fee hasn't even gone through the court and they are already counting the money from it. Why borrow and pay interest on the money? Wait until this service fee is approved by the courts. Why has it been said that the service fee is going to go to road paving? Is not the PST for that? I am one of those who is not getting any ad valorem taxes, as I am a 100% disabled Veteran. I will however, have to pay out for the fire service assessment. I, and many others here on the Cape are on limited incomes.

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Packer

Aug-30-13 3:10 PM

Grump sometimes I agree with you and sometimes not. The case of this writer is not to be over looked. One must always consider the source when receiving information. Peter has no credibility for good reason. The problems they left us to deal with are expensive. Now he is trying to blame working people for everything.

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1sandy

Aug-30-13 1:59 PM

@grumpy19: Uh, we comment on these authors because it goes to credibility & hypocrisy. A question to you, is spending ever valid? If it is and there is no money, is raising a tax ever valid? I for one am willing to pay 20 dollars a month back to the city, after getting a hundred dollars a month cut in my ad valorem taxes. What say you?

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grumpy19

Aug-30-13 11:40 AM

Why do some always deem it proper to comment on the writer instead of the content of the letter? Some of what he says is true. We have a spending problem now. I can't seem to recall when a spending item has come up that the slick six have ever voted against it. They have now voted 6 to 2 for sticking us with more taxes, disguised as a fee. The city manager that was hired came in and his solutions are take more money out of the pockets of the residents. All residents need to wakeup and talk about the issues facing us with over spending and over taxation. Stop looking back like OBama has done for more than 5 years.

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Raydunavant

Aug-30-13 11:26 AM

Pete, "Somebody ought to look into that!"

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