Cape City Manager Answers - Did you skirt the law?
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CAPE CORAL - Tuesday in the Cape Coral City Hall parking lot. Cape Coral City Manager John Szerlag still riding around in his 2012 Infiniti with Michigan plates - seven months after he took the job that includes a 650 dollar car allowance that you are paying for.
According to the DMV, you have just ten days to register your car in Florida if you are a new resident. Many we talked to were outraged,
"It shows a sure sign of disrespect to the people of the community, the taxpayers," said Steve Lovejoy, a business owner in the Cape.,
So, Monday we began our quest to talk to Szerlag about why he is apparantly not following the law. We were told he would talk outside his office. After more than an hour wairing, he never came out. We called several times trying to get answers, but got nowhere.
Tuesday morning, we caught up with Szerlag at a staff meeting. We waited for him to come out but he left the meeting thru a side door., Then, we were approached by the city's public information director Connie Barron.
"Just give him a few minutes and he will talk with you," said Barron.
"We've been hearing that for two days," said Fox 4 Reporter John Rupolo.
So, once again we waited and Barron then told us we would have an interview with Szerlag at 3pm. But then that 3 o'clock appointment was cancelled and we received an email from the city's PIO Connie Barron telling us to submit any questions for Szerlag to her so she would pass them on to him.
Late Tuesday Szerlag responded in an email saying, "I acknowledge that I did not get my plates transferred within the specified time frame."
We also asked him if he was aware this is a criminal violation. He answered in the email, " I am not aware of what laws are applicable."
Szerlag also says he plans on changing his plates but didn't say when. He says if any resident has a problem with the fact he violated the law they can call his office direct at 574-0451 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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