Please support better ethics in Naples

Friday, October 27, 2017 11:36 AM | News Desk (Administrator)

Short Story: Today marks the beginning of a petition drive to improve the ethics policy for the City of Naples. Please sign the petition at www.ethicsnaples.org to put this issue before the voters of the City on the February 2018 ballot.
 
Longer Story:
I am writing to ask your help and support for an important community initiative that will allow Naples to greatly improve its ethics policy.
 
ETHICS NAPLES is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve integrity and accountability in the government of the City of Naples.  It was created by a group of concerned Naples residents – including myself, Bill Lutz, President, Coquina Sands and Linda Black, President, The Moorings – to amend the City Charter to create a strong ethics code overseen by an independent City Ethics Commission.  Naples’ existing ethics code is weak and recent issues have raised concerns that we need improvements to ensure that we have a transparent local government accountable to the residents.
 
You can read more about ETHICS NAPLES – its background, goals and purposes at www.ethicsnaples.org. This site contains the petition to place this matter on the February 2018 ballot, but only if we collect about 2,000 signatures over the next few weeks.
 
The Board of the Old Naples Association has been encouraging City Council to strengthen and improve our City’s ethics policy for several years, and we strongly support this initiative. We hope you will as well.
 
To allow the voters to consider this issue, ETHICS NAPLES must collect at least 1,500 validated signatures (10% of all registered voters) in order to place this question on the ballot of next February’s election. ONA has agreed to help with this process; hence this email.
 
There are three things you, your family and your neighbors can do to support this critical initiative:
 
First and most important, please download and read the petition. If you are supportive, review the instructions on the cover sheet and complete the petition. Then, mail the signed petition and completed cover sheet to the following address:

ETHICS NAPLES
P.O. Box 7249
Naples, FL 34101
 
Second, please ask everyone you know who is a City of Naples voter to do the same.
 
Finally, if you are willing to volunteer, please email me or ETHICS NAPLES (ray.christman@ethicsnaples.org). We will need folks to help with gathering signatures at public venues, organizing events in support of ETHICS NAPLES and the like over the next few weeks.  This is a grass-roots, citizens-based effort and we need your help to succeed!  Once we hear from you, we will contact you shortly
 
Thank you again for your help.  Please sign the petition help and get this critical issue on the ballot in February. The residents of the City of Naples deserve the highest standard of ethical governance.

 
John Lehmann
President, on behalf of the Board of Directors
The Old Naples Association 
president@oldnaplesassociation.com

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