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Guest opinion: Lessons to be learned about working together

April 13, 2013
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

In retrospect, the first two speakers Cape Coral Civic Association had this year gave different information, but information which came together to show a common truth.

In January, John Szerlag, the Cape Coral city manager, spoke on how it was up to the citizens of a community to tell their leadership in City Hall where they want their city to go. We must decide what quality of life, measured by level of services, we expect from our city government. We, as citizens, provide the checks and balances.

He was followed in February by Victoria Bateman, the city financial director, who showed our membership and guests where Cape Coral stood in relation to available sources of alternative revenue.

It is apparent that depending solely on property taxes to the extent we have in the past is not sustainable. What we learned from the information presented by these two speakers is that the citizens are in control of their own destiny. We must not only set the bar for our city but be willing to jump over that bar as well.

In March, we had a trio of speakers with different issues but a common message. The message: that we can accomplish more by applying our energies towards a common goal. Gary Aubuchon, local homebuilder and former Florida House of Representative member; Carolyn Conant of Cape Coral Bike-Ped; and Dr. Derrick Donnell, a Cape Coral Council member, all spoke on working together toward a common goal and the meaning of Team and Teamwork.

These are ideas we must embrace if we are to take Cape Coral into the future in a positive manner.

On Tuesday, April 23, at 7 p.m., at the Cape Coral Yacht Club Ballroom, the Cape Coral Civic Association will again host City Manager John Szerlag and staff to discuss the recently released Burton Report.

This report details the financial sustainability of the City and what we need to know as citizens to make educated, informed decisions regarding our future.

Join us for this important presentation. The meeting is free to the public. Contact us at 677-1173 or e-mail us at See the latest Chatline at

Edward Prince


Cape Coral Civic Association



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