Cape residents push for Mayor's resignation

Posted at 6:41 PM, Apr 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-25 18:41:08-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Some Cape Coral residents are calling for Mayor Marni Sawicki to resign Tuesday, after she stormed out of a council meeting.

The incident happened during a public council meeting aimed at discussing better practices for the charter school system. Vice Chairperson Robert Zivkovic was the receiving end of Mayor Sawicki's rant. "It veered off track a little bit, and things got a little personal," he said. 

Mayor Sawicki has had a contentious relationship with the charter school's former superintendent in the past. Board members are concerned her behavior will impact enrollment and recruiting for potential employees. "The big thing we as a board are concerned about, is we want to get back to focusing on how we educate our children," said Zivkovic. "We're moving in a good direction. The politics around it are ugly, but hopefully, that will pass."

One city council member says Sawicki also used curse words toward two city council members, one of them council member Richard Leon. "It doesn't bring any productivity to the table. It's uncalled for," he said.

Leon told Fox 4 constituents are so upset over the outburst, people are calling for her to resign. "Right now, we have a mayor who's willing to storm off and not willing to create solutions," he said.

Meanwhile, Mayor Sawicki took to twitter to express concern over her colleagues attitudes, and the news media. "I've had enough of councilman Leon's constant bullying and Erbrick's underhandedness. Time for me to speak up! Media is no better.." she tweeted.

Fox 4 has reached out to Mayor Sawicki for comment, but we still have not heard back. 

Some constituents are planning a protest in front of city hall to call for her resignation next week.