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Grill plans to be on dais when council reconvenes

By Staff | Dec 29, 2009

When the Cape Coral City Council reconvenes Jan. 11, Councilmember Eric Grill will be on the dais.
Grill previously requested a leave of absence from his duties as a council member following his Dec. 15 arrest on fraud and larceny charges, but rescinded that request Monday.
In a memo to his fellow council members dated Dec. 28, Grill wrote, “Please consider this memo as notice that I am withdrawing my previous request for a leave of absence.”
City Council’s first meeting of the year is a workshop, and it will not face a voting meeting until Monday, Jan. 25.
Grill will face his arraignment Tuesday, Jan 19. It was previously reported he would plead not guilty to all charges.
District one Councilmember Marty McClain said Tuesday that Grill has every right to sit on the dais.
He said it’s unfortunate that City Council has to deal with the situation upon its return from break, but it will deal with it nonetheless.
“We know something happened but none of us know the exact details,” McClain said. “I’m not saying he’s innocent, but far be it from me to make accusations until he’s found guilty.”
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office claims Grill stole over $65,000 from two construction clients with promises to build, but instead used the cash on clothes, gifts and food while never delivering on those promises.
Grill has made no public comments regarding the arrest, and has yet to indicate that he will indeed vacate his set.
According to state law, only Gov. Charlie Crist can remove a council member, if that person is charged with felony charges.