Revolving door at Cape Coral City Hall
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CAPE CORAL, Fla - A whole panel of new faces at the next city council meeting in Cape Coral.
Voters bringing in a new mayor and 3 new council members with Tuesday's elections - a complete turnover of the city's leaders since 2011.
The city's politically passionate transplanted residents can make an aspiring politician's life a dream or a nightmare and sometimes all within the same 4-year term. It all keeps the seeming revolving door at city hall spinning.
"That's largely because people think we can do better. Every time we get a new group in, as time goes on, the people just don't feel they're being represented well enough," says political commentator Eric Feichthaler.
And the cape seems to have a lot of growing up to do.
"Cape coral is designed to be a growing city. We have a lot of vacant lots still. We have a lot of commercial development," Feichthaler adds.
And with lots of big issues, like the utilities expansion, the fire assessment and crumbling roads, lots can go awry. And add in a bunch of transplants from up north...
"I think it's great because it gives us a lot of different ideas but it also gives us a lot of differing opinions on certain issues," he says.
... And then you have the political satire and political theatre other cities might shake their heads at.
"There's a core of people that generally are retired and have latched on to looking at Cape Coral politics as a second career. They enjoy it thoroughly and sometimes can be very agitating and be challenging to the people in office."
The next time voters go to the poll in the cape is in 2015.