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Terri, you say " It is my belief that all seven members of this city council respect the laws of the state of Florida. We also respect the right of our citizens to express themselves and to participate in the decision-making and governing process." Where, then, was the courage of your conviction when your vice-chair Tucker stated in council meeting that he would stop POP's petition from reaching the voters REGARDLESS OF HOW MANY SIGNED PETITIONS WERE RECEIVED? Do you not think this is a blatant disrespect for the law? And did you not blindly SUPPORT this man's disrespect of the law when you instantly approved his wrongful motion to reject POP's 2000 signed petitions without confirming Tucker's self-serving allegation? Terri, according to your own City Attorney, YOU HAD A FREE CHOICE HERE, yet you allowed yourself to be manipulated into actually supporting vice chairman Tucker's threat. You ignored 2000 lawful Marco Island petitioners wanting to "express themselves and to participate in the decision-making and governing process." and just assumed, without thought of verification, POP's petition to be "illegal". I'm sorry, young lady, but these tragic facts can't just be "blown off" by fancy legalese words or writings, regardless of who creates them. The unspoken apology of an honest, unbiased re-consideration of the issue would serve well in restoring some integrity to this city council. So far, even this simple request has gone ignored. Is the fear of of genuine citizen participation in Marco Island government so great?
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