Bryan Milk chastises Marco councilmen, asks for investigation to 'clear name'

Marco Island’s Community Affairs Director Bryan Milk explains Monday during city council that inspecting for leaks under homes can require a trench to allow inspectors to reach points of concern. That action may not require a permit, he told council. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent

Marco Island’s Community Affairs Director Bryan Milk explains Monday during city council that inspecting for leaks under homes can require a trench to allow inspectors to reach points of concern. That action may not require a permit, he told council. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent

Former Community Affairs Director Bryan Milk chastised Marco Island’s City Council Tuesday for firing him without due process.

“This is no way to treat a 15-and-a-half-year employee,” Milk argued. “I demand an investigation to clear my name.”

Milk's rebuke came three weeks after he was fired. City officials said he failed to disclose a business relationship with the owners of a Marco Island storage facility who would have benefited from a city zoning change advocated by Milk.

City council members did not respond to Milk's request for an investigation Tuesday evening.

Milk found compatible use for Progressive Auto’s Car Condo, 720 Bald Eagle Drive, giving the business greater storage capabilities.

He sent three Official Interpretations on the zoning change Sept. 18 to attorney Doug Lewis, who requested them. Lewis represents Rizzi Storage and Marco Self Storage, two businesses in the city’s C-5 zone. Progressive Auto’s Car Condo is located in C-4.

After receiving the interpretations, Lewis and his clients appealed all three.

Interim City Manager Guillermo Polanco discovered that Milk had a member interest in Progressive’s Xpress Mart, located at the site of Progressive Auto, and also held a promissory note on the business.

Milk was required by city, county and state ethics rules to disclose any relationship with a business affected by city decisions. To his knowledge, Polanco said, no regulatory agency knew of Milk’s involvement with Progressive.

Polanco said he gave Milk the choice of resigning or being terminated.

At a council meeting Jan. 6, Marco Island councilmen voted 5-2 against an independent investigation into the matter. Councilmen Larry Honig and Chuck Kiester voted in favor of the investigation.

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OldMarcoMan writes:

He was Railroaded no question.

Konfuzius writes:

He has the right to do so. It is a good step in right direction. Hopefully we will hear the truth.
On the end it will be a settlement agreement and a public apology like Joey Pizza.

1Paradiselost writes:

in response to OldMarcoMan:

He was Railroaded no question.

It makes no difference as Florida is a "Right To Work State" He sounds like a jilted lover. Bryan, Get off your knees and start acting like a man!

Question.... Did he have an Financial agreement with the Kelly's... Yes Or No?

An employer in Florida can fire you "with out cause" for any reason.. Period.

Get over it, and move on with your life! Go see Bill in Naples he will give you a job.

ed34145 writes:

After Milk interfered with Sacher's protection of Duane Thomas' pollution of our canals, Sacher was just looking to get rid of Milk. Unfortunately, Milk's non disclosure gave Sacher a reason to sack him.

marco826 writes:

in response to 1Paradiselost:

It makes no difference as Florida is a "Right To Work State" He sounds like a jilted lover. Bryan, Get off your knees and start acting like a man!

Question.... Did he have an Financial agreement with the Kelly's... Yes Or No?

An employer in Florida can fire you "with out cause" for any reason.. Period.

Get over it, and move on with your life! Go see Bill in Naples he will give you a job.

Right to Work State or not, any professional organization with have given him Due Process. Not saying he is innocent or guilty (although it appears there was a conflict not reported). That said, it also appears he did not single handedly craft the change in ordinance.
We have lots of shenanigans here on Marco. Many worse than this one. I recall a patrolman speeding down Collier and crashing into an elderly woman causing tremendous grief and pain for her...I believe that gentleman is still on the Payroll. Union Protection. Milk served this community. Give him a fair review.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to marco826:

Right to Work State or not, any professional organization with have given him Due Process. Not saying he is innocent or guilty (although it appears there was a conflict not reported). That said, it also appears he did not single handedly craft the change in ordinance.
We have lots of shenanigans here on Marco. Many worse than this one. I recall a patrolman speeding down Collier and crashing into an elderly woman causing tremendous grief and pain for her...I believe that gentleman is still on the Payroll. Union Protection. Milk served this community. Give him a fair review.

He has the right of a fair investigation and we - the citizen of Marco Island - have too.
I am totally agree with you: Give him a fair review!

Konfuzius writes:

By the way - it will clear the name of Vice-Chairman Sacher too! Maybe not!

condoseller writes:

This article lacks context. Did Mr. Milk appear before City Council this week? How exactly did he chastise city council members? The headline accusations deserve a more complete article. Eagle?

marcofriend writes:

While I've tried to move away from the blogs, this one is really difficult. On the one hand we have a 15 year employee, and that is an important consideration. But we must look that he has had department control over an area that has cost the city a huge amount of money in litigation, plus some of his employees had to be let go (or retire). Now he is involved with a very controversial subject by pushing the planning department to make changes to a company that he has a part ownership with. My simple mind would ask why he didn't just recuse himself last year when all of this developed and hand it over to someone who would not have an interest? Something just is not right (and I do not dislike Mr Milk).

Ruger writes:

in response to marcofriend:

While I've tried to move away from the blogs, this one is really difficult. On the one hand we have a 15 year employee, and that is an important consideration. But we must look that he has had department control over an area that has cost the city a huge amount of money in litigation, plus some of his employees had to be let go (or retire). Now he is involved with a very controversial subject by pushing the planning department to make changes to a company that he has a part ownership with. My simple mind would ask why he didn't just recuse himself last year when all of this developed and hand it over to someone who would not have an interest? Something just is not right (and I do not dislike Mr Milk).

Where does it say this was a "company that he has a part ownership with"?

I can see why he wants his name cleared.

Tom_Massie writes:

I heard that former Councilor Sewerman, Rob Popoff was there telling the present council how to be transparent, that may be so but, wow is that the pot calling the kettle black.

Sailor writes:

If you are truly interested in the facts, rather than erroneous gossip, then watch the link below. Many feel that Patricca & Sacher are violating the Charter and I have to agree. Forward to where Milk, Popoff and Small speak and when the city attorney reminded the council about their interaction with staff at the end of the meeting!

http://marcoisland.granicus.com/Media...

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