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CAFR, zoning issues on Cape Coral City Council agenda Monday

By Staff | Apr 28, 2017

With counter-protests planned outside City Hall Monday in the wake of a dust-up at last week’s joint City Council, Cape Coral Charter School Authority workshop, city officials are planning for business as usual.

Councilmember Richard Leon said he is confident City Council will remain strong in regards to making decisions for the good of the city.

“It will be business as usual. As a whole, we’re so strong and able to work together even after the tantrum the mayor threw,” Leon said. “Council came through and we were still working. We work together and accomplish what we come to do and that’s to make Cape Coral great again.”

Frustrated with discussions concerning the municipal charter school system, Mayor Marni Sawicki had a heated exchange with members of the charter school governing board that ended with Sawicki storming off the dais, with parting shots toward two council members on her way out.

Among the items City Council is expected to discuss will be the Fiscal year 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, or CAFR, for which the city was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for the 30th consecutive year.

The certificate of achievement is awarded “to local governments that go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles to prepare comprehensive annual financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency,” according to a prepared statement from the city.

“It’s great to see finance is able to put together a well-documented CAFR together. When you look at it you see how it’s broken down in detail and shows where the money is at,” Leon said. “Anyone can pick this up and it explains how everything is put together.”

City Council will also hold a pair of public hearings on an ordinance that would change the land use map from Single Family and Multi- Family by PDP to Single Family Residential on numerous units in the Whispering Pines subdivision and a quasi-judicial hearing on an ordinance amending the city’s Official Zoning Map by rezoning property at 9 Del Prado Blvd. North from Professional Office (P-1) to Pedestrian Commercial (C-1) zone.

The hearing examiner and city management have recommended approval for rezoning.

Four other ordinances will also have their first readings for the May 15 meeting.

City Council also will look to fill two rising senior and seven rising junior positions on the Youth Council and will also get an update on water quality and state legislative issues as the annual session gets ready for its final week.