To the editor:
That's what the guest opinion writer, Larry Kiker, said in another newspaper over the weekend.
I wonder if anyone has told him that he is a County Commissioner. One would think that a man in that position should have known to get his facts straight before he takes a public position. He certainly did not worry about the facts or even the truth in Saturday's guest column. Any one can easily obtain the facts, except the commissioner of course!
First "according to his calculations 11% of the abandoned properties are owned by banks today." In what universe does this man live? In reality less than 7 percent of these properties have no mortgages. That means more than 93 percent are either owned by banks today or have an existing mortgage that's being serviced by a bank. That's just a plain, cold hard fact!
Next he states there is "sufficient concern regarding the legality of such an ordinance." The facts are that the county's own attorneys have provided him on numerous occasions that there are no legal problems with the ordinance whatsoever. Even Fannie Mae has issued a 1,178 page guideline dealing with the maintenance and servicing of these very same properties calling for houses to be secured and lawns to be cut twice a month and the banks simply ignore them! And with more than 100 Florida cities and municipalities already enforcing such an ordinance including Fort Myers, all without any problems, he still says there is "sufficient concern."
Then he says "the number of violations is 1/2 of what they were last year indicating that some relief has been felt." What a great statistic! With 75 percent less code enforcement officers turning in violations (complements of the county commissioners reducing staff) and with officials specifically directing the remaining officers and the hundreds of citizens who call and report these violations to stop calling and turning them in "because we're not going to deal with these issues now," does anyone wonder why the total numbers of violations are down? One doesn't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out why they are less today. But then again no one has ever accused commissioner Kiker of being a rocket scientist. So I guess it's OK for him to draw illogical conclusions and write about them! God Bless America and the free press!
And then he complains about "robo calls encouraging people to support the passage of this ordinance" Calls made to voters I'm sure! If I remember correctly the Sugar Industry spent over $800,000 making mailings and calling these same voters asking them not to vote for Ray Judah! Eurika! So that's how Commissioner Kiker got elected! Those nasty robo calls!
I could continue to present facts disproving his other statements, but your readers are smarter than a fifth grader and I'm certain they can see what is going on here. This commissioner has no idea of what is real, what is fact, what is fiction, and what is a bunch of malarkey. And that's very sad.
Of course, this is just one man's opinion, who would like to thank Joe Friday star of Dragnet who said in every episode "Just the facts man just the facts"!