NAPLES — A discussion about charitable donations escalated to a fight between two Collier County commissioners during a meeting on Tuesday.
Collier County Commissioner Fred Coyle accused fellow Commissioner Georgia Hiller of attacking him after she asked that the county create a policy that would prohibit vendors who have county government contracts from donating money or tangible property to charitable organizations affiliated with the county.
Hiller said these donations – like one made by Paradise Advertising and Marketing in November to the Freedom Memorial in Freedom Park, a project close to Coyle's heart – have a “conflict in appearance.”
Coyle on Tuesday night called the move an attack, and then said that she was attacking “presumed political enemies any way (she) can.”
When Hiller called his remarks defamatory and asked for an apology for that comment and other “constantly rude remarks in respect to me”, Coyle said “You deserve it.”
Hiller then called for Coyle to retract his remarks to which Coyle said "You can forget about it."