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Trip made sense, but some answers, please

April 11, 2014
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

Re: Breeze Front Page Successful Trip to Tallahassee

It was a pleasure reading the Cape Coral Breeze front page article (dated March 28) concerning Cape Coral's elected representatives attending a the "Lee County Days" with our state representatives in Tallahassee. This is the exact sort of activity that we the citizens of Cape Coral are wanting to see our elected city representatives doing. Funding sources such as the apportioned taxes that we pay the State of Florida, need to be re-spent in Lee County. In our case and more preferably, here on Cape Coral.

Of the several projects mentioned in the article, what I found interesting was the Governor previously vetoed the "recovered water pipeline at $900K", due to it not being a shovel-ready project. Can anyone explain what our elected representatives brought to Tallahassee to prove to the Governor that this project is "shovel ready?" Granted, with budget shortfalls, and someone at the state level attempting to prioritize projects throughout the state they want to ensure that all aspects of any project meet project management guidelines and oversight responsibilities for each phase of the project (The governor is looking for all aspects of due diligence with these state monies so we don't over or under spend our allocated funds) while also ensuring that the monies allocated can be used immediately.

Also, if a legislation for funding is passed by the State Legislator, do these funds get transferred to the City/County for use? Or does the City/County need to submit a voucher/invoice to Tallahassee for payment?

It is great to have dialogue and consensus on a number of legislative endeavors. And I will always concede that when you speak to an elected official they will show interest and listen to what you are saying. But, how can we ensure that action takes place and how do we, as the voting, public monitor and obtain oversight responses from our elected officials?

Hear the words of Thomas Jefferson. Granted these words were written over a 100 years ago and applied to the then congress while he was President of the United States, but these words can be applied today:

"If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?" - Thomas Jefferson

Dick Peppe

Cape Coral



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