Scott Duval, Bonita Springs
By the book
Bonita Springs mayoral candidate David Grothaus and his supporters continue to harp on term limits and intimate that Mayor Ben Nelson is somehow violating our city charter. I would encourage those in the Grothaus camp to become educated on this issue.
The original city charter states: "Neither the mayor nor any other council member may serve more than two consecutive four-year terms in the same seat." This provision, as originally written, could have been interpreted to allow someone to serve for 56 consecutive years. City officials recognized the problems that could have been created by this provision and to provide clarity, they had no less than five public hearings, hired outside counsel, and put the section to vote through referendum. To provide absolute clarity on term limits, there was another referendum in 2010 which gives us the Section 13 (c) that we see today, which allows someone to serve for 16 years (two terms as council member and two terms as mayor).
Nelson has faithfully served this city and the attacks on that service are irresponsible, baseless and unappreciated.
Perhaps Grothaus and his supporters should be better informed before casting aspersions.
I have seen what Nelson has done for the city of Bonita Springs and I would not change those results for the vague promises and empty words of his opponent. Nelson is the right choice to be the mayor of Bonita Springs for the next four years.