Update on Ethics Naples
Ethics Naples filed for a writ of mandamus to place the certified petition on the ballot in the 20th District Court of Appeals on May 8th. This writ may be reviewed here. In short, this writ states that nothing in the ethics petition rises to the high level of defect necessary to keep the matter of the ballot, and that the proper course is to allow citizens to vote on the matter. On May 10th the District Court of Appeals transferred the case to the Circuit Court for initial action. On May 16th Ethics Naples filed a motion to stay the City's case here and to expedite the writ of mandamus to place the certified petition on the ballot here. Then on May 17th the City of Naples moved to oppose Ethics Naples' motions here. Naples Daily News coverage of these legal proceedings is here.What does it all mean? Well, one thing it means is that there will now be many thousands of dollars of legal expenses necessary to have the City follow the simple language of the Florida statutes governing such petitions. What can you do? Two actions are critical at this point.
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