To the editor:
Honesty, Integrity, and dependability These are the pillars I have used to run my life, raise my children, and get me through the tough decisions as your elected Councilman from District 6. If you rate me upon my accomplishments over the last four years, you will find I have both represented my constituents from the North Cape, and responded with a city wide vision to move Cape Coral into the future with a sound financial base.
Job one when I took office in November 2009 was to right the finances of Cape Coral and make sure we were ready and able to move the city forward when the time was right. That time is now. Cape Coral has restarted the UEP in SW 6&7 and has the pre-design work for North 2 (2015-2017) as well as North 1 (2017-2019) ready to value engineer. We lowered the interest rate of construction to 2 percent with the State Revolving Loan Fund and have achieved a decades low price for adding these utilities to the neighborhoods. The new V.A. Clinic has opened, the Army Reserve base is scheduled for completion this year, and Sam's Club will be breaking ground soon. The $23 million high end RV Resort At Tranquility Lake will soon follow. North Del Prado and the Santa Barbara widening projects were completed early in my term. Pine Island Road expansion and Phase 1 of Burnt Store Road expansion are starting soon and will be completed in the next few years.
At the local level, the Public Service Tax and Fire Service Assessments were passed to fund key long-term capital improvements (paving, fire truck and police vehicles). These are the necessities of running a city that can and will blight without this investment. We are not building baseball stadiums here! Paving begins in November in the Gator Circle and Palm Tree Boulevard neighborhoods. We are only able to do this because of the Public Service Tax. Paving will continue next year in the NW Cape neighborhoods and will finally replace roads that have been untouched for 40 years.
I have consistently shown respect for ALL parties from the District 6 Council seat. Whether I agree or disagree with someone's position I have always conducted myself in a professional manner as the only way to represent Cape Coral. I am, and continue to be, one of the most accessible Council members ever to serve the city. I promised in 2009 to always explain my vote and have lived up to that promise. If you watch the meetings I always strive for transparency in my vote and lay out my logic in my discussion.
Every decision I have made or will make on council has a purpose: Make Cape Coral a better City today and keep us on track to be an even better city tomorrow. I am happy to report the Cape Coral of 2013 is in far better shape than when I took office in 2009. We must never lose our clean and safe city that is a collection of great neighborhoods. This is why we moved to Cape Coral in the first place. This quality of life comes about from the partnership of our citizens, police, firemen, and City officials to make our City the best it can be. Thank you to the citizens who voted to put me on the job in 2009. I am asking for your vote Nov. 5 to keep me on the job as the Councilman from district 6 working for that brighter future for Cape Coral.