Naples motto: "Ethics Above All Else"
Ethics Naples was formed in 2017 after the Naples City Council voted to abolish the City’s ethics code. Our mission is to amend the City’s Charter to require a “best practices” and independent ethics commission for Naples.
In 2018 we obtained the necessary 1,500 signatures to place the Charter amendment on the ballot, but the City sued us to prevent this. The City lost its case in October 2018 in Circuit Court and appealed to the District Court of Appeals, where the case remains pending over a year later.
Please spend 10 minutes on our site to find out why we believe an improved ethics policy is essential for our City’s future. We may be a small city physically, but in terms of property values – and corresponding temptations – we are bigger than most cities in Florida.Quite a lot has happened in the last few months!
Thank you, Ethics Naples Board of Directors
Ethics Naples Board of Directors
We achieved ballot certification: Ethics Naples received ballot certification from the Election Supervisors. We achieved all the needed signatures. Florida law states that City Council "shall" place a certified petition on the ballot. Unfortunately ...
The City refused to place the matter on the ballot and sued Ethics Naples: City Council voted 4 to 3 not to place the ethics petition on the August ballot and to take Ethics Naples to court. The City filed their case on May 3rd in the Circuit (County) Court, citing a laundry list of concerns. Ethics Naples then filed in the 2nd District Court of Appeals for a writ of mandamus to place the certified petition on the ballot as required by State law.
Various legal maneuvers ensued. Fundamentally, the City wanted to examine the details of the petition in Circuit Court, and Ethics Naples wanted the District Court of Appeals to place the matter on the ballot for the voters to decide. Due to the City's litigation ...
The matter will be in court and not on the ballot: As of July 3rd, the matter awaits a Circuit Court hearing on August 21 on Ethics Naples' motion to dismiss the City's suit and allow the matter on the ballot. Whatever happens, the referendum will not appear on the August 28th ballot.
What can you do?: Three things - stay informed, help us with the cost of the litigation and keep your sights on the 2020 City Council election. Click the "News" section above or click here.