Phase 1 of negotiations begin
After a long day of one-on-one interviews in the morning, checking out
the town in the afternoon, a public interview in the evening and a
notification that he was the top selection for the Fort Myers Beach
interim town manager job soon after, former Cape Coral City Manager Terry
Stewart was invited to FMB Councilman and Chief Negotiator Tom
Babcock’s home for what was called “Phase 1” of a negotiation process.
Phase 1 ended at 1 a.m., according to officials.
Although negotiations are still in the initial stages, it looks like
the Beach has its man.
“They managed to complete what Tom referred to as Phase 1, which is just
the basic details of the contract,” said FMB Town Clerk Michelle
Mayher. “They conferred with (Town Attorney) Anne Dalton and (Director
of Finance) Evelyn Wicks. They put together an employee agreement, and
are expected to re-read it today with rested eyes. The next step will
be to fill in some of the more intimate details.”
The results of the details may not be known until after the weekend.