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Cape Civic to host state representatives

By Staff | May 24, 2013

The Cape Coral Civic Association isn’t an organization that throws softball questions to anyone who comes to speak to them.

So when State Representatives Heather Fitzenhagen and Dane Eagle come to its meeting on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Yacht Club, they can expect to answer the tough questions.

And both legislators say they aren’t going to shy away from them. They can expect to discuss issues regarding the just-ended legislative session in Tallahassee and educate association members on issues that affect all citizens in the city.

That’s what the civic association is all about, said Edward Prince, president of the Cape Coral Civic Association, who met with both legislators when they were in session.

“I told them they needed to talk to us and educate us on what’s happening, hoping to get one or the other and got both,” Prince said.

Prince expects the state House reps to bring forth bills they sponsored, and educate them on issues in Tallahassee and answer questions from members on what happened.

Eagle, who by the time Tuesday rolls around will have given at least a dozen presentations, said it’s just another chance to tell his constituents what’s going on.

“I’ve been trying to get around the community and that’s my duty to let everyone know what I was doing,” Eagle said. “I’ve had mostly positive feedback, so that’s a good sign.”

Among the topics expected to be brought up are Medicaid, pension reform for teachers, infrastructure, and education, among other things.

“We decided we weren’t going to expand Medicaid, and I plan on answering the questions of why I voted the way I did,” Eagle said. “I like to see what on people’s minds.”

Fitzenhagen said she will take a wait-and-see approach to the meeting.

“I let the audience tell me what they’re interested in, so I can address what’s important to them,” Fitzenhagen said. “Barring them having a particular interest, I’d tell them the highlights of the session. There were many interesting things that happened.”

Both legislators said they were very proud of the way things went with the entire Southwest Florida delegation, and Fitzenhagen said it was great working with Eagle.

“I’m excited to be able to join Dane; we’ve done a few other meetings together and we enjoy talking to our constituents,” Fitzenhagen said. “It should be an informative meeting.”

The Civic Association’s mission is to educate the public on current issues that will affect them in their everyday life, Prince said. It holds meeting every fourth Tuesday of the month at the Yacht Club.

“We believe in first-hand education. We want to hear it from the people involved,” Prince said. “We ask the hard questions.”