Viewpoint: Cape Coral’s First Woman Mayor

Monday, June 6th, 2016
By Diane Mack,  Pensacola News Journal
NFWL Member Marni Sawicki highlighted as Cape Coral's First Woman Mayor

NFWL Woman of Excellence from 2015, Mayor Marni Sawicki highlighted in the Pensacola News Journal!

“Marni Sawicki had lived in Cape Coral only three years when she ran for mayor. News reports and opinion pieces from 2013 describe a governing body — the City Council and its mayor — as divisive, unprofessional in its deliberations, and deaf to the concerns of citizens. Two councilmen and the mayor ran in the primary election against 11 other candidates. The incumbent councilmen lost. The incumbent mayor lost to Ms. Sawicki by 123 votes.

In the 21/2 years since she took office, she has restored decorum and professionalism to the conduct of council business and public meetings. In the words of city manager John Szerlag, “has actually gone outside the boundaries of Cape Coral and has made it known … what a good city Cape Coral is to come to …. When I first came to Cape Coral, people thought it was Coral Gables. Now, everyone has heard of Cape Coral.”

Ms. Sawicki has also succeeded in getting the city to move forward with planning for Bimini Basin as a waterfront destination. In 2015 she was recognized by the National Foundation for Women Legislators with the “Elected Women of Excellence” award.”

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