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Time for a strong disclosure ordinance

July 15, 2016

Cape Coral officials are quick — and correct — to tout two key facts about our city: The Cape is the largest and most populous municipality between Tampa and Miami, and it is again one of the......

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lawmajor

Jul-21-16 10:06 AM

FLAWMAJOR - I really don't understand why Marni's few supporters keep suggesting that we MOVE if we don't like what she stands for!!!! HELLO ... It doesn't work that way!! She is a civil servant, not GOD. She has a "temporary position" that she was voted into. If she is NOT performing to the standard that we expect (which she is NOT), then we as tax payers have the right to speak out and remove her if necessary. It should be her to leave this city, NOT us. Unlike our mayor, most of us have bought properties here. We are vested, she is not.

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lawmajor

Jul-21-16 9:56 AM

FLAWMAJOR - So that's your reasoning?? Because she is a "women" she gets a free pass when it comes to being an arrogant, egotistical attention seeker. NEWSFLASH - You don't vote someone in because of their gender nor their color. Was it the cool thing to do by having our 1st female mayor?? Let's hope she didn't ruin it for all the other great women we have in our city. She has definitely left a bad-taste. Marni loves herself & will NOT allow a photo-shoot or a social media event to go to waste. She thrives to be in the public eye. She is like a 16 year old with her FaceBook posts and her selfies. Cape Coral needs a grown-up for Mayor.

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FLAWMAJOR

Jul-21-16 9:33 AM

TheRealTruth & lawmajor: Once again, I am not the person/s, that both of you are saying or usually refer to. It maybe that since I don't insult or demean the Mayor or anyone else that is civil and factual, you think I must be someone who is a relative or a friend of the Mayor. I have never met her. I will not let false statements or insults fly and stand idly by because I think she is doing a good job. Again, I will still offer to meet with you, your time and place, so to introduce myself, when I get back from New York. If you are concerned about meeting me, the Police station should give you a measure of confidence, as one place to meet. However, those of you who wake up every morning, who are still stinging from a woman defeating, in my opinion, the worst Mayor, in the Cape's history and want to denigrate and insult her, as a way of "getting back" at her, they will be met with resistance. Have a great day.

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TheRealTruth

Jul-20-16 7:08 PM

Flawmajor AKA Ken Retzer your comments are ridiculous and uninformed and parrots Miss Marni.

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lawmajor

Jul-20-16 3:50 PM

FLAWMAJOR - Are you attempting to be "Damage Control" for our mayor? Our Mayor is a "Public Figure" and therefore is expect to conduct herself in a professional manner. It was her choice to be in the public eye. As for Eileyn, I don't know her and I am not here to defend her or to question who she voted for many moons ago. Last I checked there was no-one seated on our council by the name of Eileyn, so you should be a little less worried about her and a lot more worried on what is happing with our "so-called" civil servants which were elected to serve all the constituents of Cape Coral, not just their "special interest groups" & friends. You very well might be seeing one of them recalled prior to next years election. Perhaps you might want to focus on that. Currently, it's the talk of the town. If you get out more, I'm certain you will hear all about it. I've heard that the signatures will be collected in August.

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FLAWMAJOR

Jul-20-16 1:16 PM

lawmajor: you are riding in on the white horse for her. Ask her. I'm sure she would be glad to tell you all about it. And you say you have been in this town for how many years? I have only been here 25 years and although I may be a few years older than you and my memory isn't what it once was, I do remember her candidate for Council, that was removed for ethics. I have a feeling you haven't lived here very long or maybe, just maybe, you are that defrocked councilman. Are you?

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lawmajor

Jul-20-16 10:59 AM

FLAWMAJOR - "Touchy this morning are we" "is Eileyn off limits for YOU" - Neither. I merely can't stomach bullies. That said, Pls enlighten me as to what you are referring to???? If our mayor stops stop, you will need to be surgically removed.

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FLAWMAJOR

Jul-20-16 10:26 AM

lawmajor, is Englsh your second language? She talks about ethics...LOL I was gently reminding her about her ethical past. Touchy this morning are we? Or is Eileyn off limits for YOU? Hmmmm!

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lawmajor

Jul-20-16 10:12 AM

FLAWMAYOR - Speak about "Hypocrisy", you just ask TheRealTruth to "stay on topic" & then you went after Eileyn's jugular for something that has NOTHING to do with this topic. Your admiration of our Mayor is bias & FYI, not everyone agrees with your way of thinking. Everyone is entitled to his/her opinion on these posts.

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FLAWMAJOR

Jul-20-16 8:48 AM

@Eileyn: Now here is a joke if there ever was one. Someone, who not only supported, but who was part of the management campaign of a defrocked, thrown out of office, council member speaking about ethics. LOL! Do you think we all forgot about your "boy?" Did the Governor have to throw him out of office, or am I mistaken? LOL!

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FLAWMAJOR

Jul-20-16 8:41 AM

@THEREALTRUTH: Please stay on topic or are you so consumed by the Mayor, that you just can't think of anything else but her. LOL

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TheRealTruth

Jul-18-16 9:54 AM

I saw this on FB, interesting for sure:

Why was it that Miss Marni made the announcement of the closing of the beach at the Yacht Club on her FB page?? Why was that decision made with the City Manager and her and never consulting the Council??? Why didn't the City Manager put out an official statement??? The City Manager needs to read and understand the City Charter as does Miss Marni! Miss Marni is one of eight on the dias with no more power than any of the Councilmembers! She chairs the meeting end of story!

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lawmajor

Jul-18-16 9:29 AM

Isn't it just wonderful how this Mayor & Council love to tout "We are no longer Cape COMA"!!! They appear to have issues with being referenced as such, however, taking on the new name & image of "Cape Corrupt" doesn't faze them!

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BunnyGreen

Jul-17-16 8:33 AM

Unfortunately Electrician, it isn't only media that is thwarted by high fees for public records. It is every day citizens that are blocked as well. If a citizen requests information that someone in City Hall doesn't want them to have, the 'fee' to obtain that information will be more than the average citizen can afford to pay. Want proof? Do a public records request of all public records requests submitted in June 2016 and the City's responses to those public records requests.

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lawmajor

Jul-16-16 9:46 PM

Electrician - You want a few specifics. CM Leon has been the one LOBBYING for the extended bar hours, yet he still gets to vote with council. Our Mayor's new hubby is the top negotiator on the upcoming Fire Dept contract, yet our Mayor still gets to vote/approve this contract. CM Carioscia's son was hired last year by the CC Fire Dept and he still gets to vote/approve this contract. 25% of current council is voting for raises for their family members. How's that for "lack of ethics"?? Let's not forget that 3 council members accepted 1K donations from The Dixie & then all 3 voted to extend the bar hours. Perhaps unethical??

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Electrician

Jul-16-16 9:24 PM

Florida is known to have some of the strongest public records laws in the country. The media frowns on having to pay for research time, too bad, I frown on having to pay for fish wrappers masquerading as newspapers. I may not be a fan of the mayor but I must admit there are some keyboard commandos here that throw out some large missiles claiming lack of ethics but avoid citing specifics. This type of conduct is unethical, baseless allegations which they are when one fails to cite specifics and be transparent as the commandos want is an egregious violation of ethics.

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MN2SWFL

Jul-16-16 9:13 AM

How pathetic that we must implement policies to encourage our elected officials to represent us with transparency, objectivity and integrity. Either they conduct themselves that way in all things or they need to stop pretending that they qualify as a "public servant" let alone deserve to represent the best interests of our community.

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lawmajor

Jul-16-16 8:24 AM

Hopefully the next elected person to "Hold the gavel" has ETHICS & can demonstrate morals, scruples & class. Transparency is a MUST.

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Eileyn

Jul-16-16 6:56 AM

Oh this would mean a key word would need to be implemented: Ethics. Sadly, and without much change, certain people who sit on the dais, and hold gavels, have been severely lacking in that department. My guess, it must be continuing, or there wouldn't be a need for such an editorial. Come ON Cape Coral, get the S together. Quit :playing: politics. Do what is RIGHT, and be OPEN, FAIR, and HONEST. Wait, that is sort of what ethics are ...(sigh)

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FLAWMAJOR

Jul-16-16 12:42 AM

Why not hook up ALL the Council members to lie detectors? That's right, so when they say something we would know in real time if they are lying or not. We the people pay them, so they should submit as we direct.

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TheRealTruth

Jul-15-16 7:57 PM

Bunnygreen please do tell us

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BunnyGreen

Jul-15-16 7:38 PM

"stlewis", it isn't the unions they are working for. Take a closer look at what is right in front of you.

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lawmajor

Jul-15-16 5:40 PM

QUOTE From article "It is up to City Council - this City Council - to assure that the leap upwards is safeguarded with transparency. The county bridged the way with a strong lobbying ordinance intended to provide both public assurance and protection years ago. The city of Cape Coral now needs to do the same. When conducting the public's business, there should be nothing to hide." END QUOTE You know there is a REAL PROBLEM when the thought of transparency within our city government is leading individuals (on this post) into "strong-arm tactics" against others who WELCOME TRANSPARENCY within our city government. I really don't take well to THREATS.

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lawmajor

Jul-15-16 4:59 PM

FLAWMAJOR - A little testy today, aren't we. LOL Just curious? Why would you even suggest a meeting???? Are you threatening me????

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lawmajor

Jul-15-16 4:53 PM

Lolita - Correct me if I'm mistaken, however, wasn't the reasoning for last years deal of the salary raises for council & mayor, largely due to the fact that the entire council claimed their jobs were full-time jobs, with some even claiming that they worked many more than 40 hours per week on city related issues! As for your question regarding the body cameras, I strongly believe FLAWMAJOR was being facetious. Sarcasm, nothing more.

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