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Popoff, you are a hypocrite. You blame Recker for not announcing a discussion on whether to fire the City Manager and winning a vote to do so, suggesting that the vote was rigged. That is EXACTLY what you did when you permitted the council bartender to propose naming City Hall for an admitted liar and maligner of Marco citizens, a man who had done more to foster dissent on Marco Island and more harm to the island than any councilor before or since with the possible exception of John Arceri. You seconded the bartender's motion and forced it to an immediate vote after accepting prepared accolades from your cronies in the audience while demanding that the only citizen to comment factually and negatively on the motion return to his seat without finishing his objection. What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. Go drown in the sauce YOU created.
To those who say that Batte and Magel had no grounds to vote to fire the CM because they were elected to the council recently, I say: just when do you propose that they assume the duties and responsibilities they took on when they were sworn into office? After a year, two years, three years, the day before they're up for re-election? These are grown men who have lived on the island and know as much about Steve Thompson's antics, obfuscations, maneuvering and cover ups for Wee Willy's past sins to walk in and fire Thompson on day one!
And as for those crocodile tears about wasting money firing a CM: The CM blew your tax dollars giving a "constructive discharge" to Harrison (for which he did not qualify) and then hired him back as a consultant so he is making as much as he ever did while continuing to screw up the books so the auditors cannot complete their job. In light of Thompson's errors, he deserved to be fired months if not years ago. How can you keep a CM who exceeds his spending authority and keeps half the council in the dark?
I like Dana Souza. He did a lot for the city when he served as parks and rec director the position he fills now in Greenville, SC. However, his experience as a parks and rec director does not necessarily qualify him to be CM. But he does have guts and seems to be a far more honest human being than the last two jokers that held the post on Marco. That may balance his lack of experience and make him the finest CM Marco has ever had. Nonetheless, I submit that the council has a duty to cast a wider net and interview other candidates before deciding on Dana just because he is a known quantity.
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