Business owner says he could fold if county doesn't pay taxiway expansion bill

Marco Island City Councilman Bill Trotter and Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala anchor the ribbon cutting team. On Friday morning, about 200 people gathered at the Marco Island Executive Airport to cut the ribbon on a $7 million taxiway upgrade giving the airport safer and more efficient operations. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News

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Marco Island City Councilman Bill Trotter and Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala anchor the ribbon cutting team. On Friday morning, about 200 people gathered at the Marco Island Executive Airport to cut the ribbon on a $7 million taxiway upgrade giving the airport safer and more efficient operations. Lance Shearer/Special to the Daily News

Collier Clerk of Courts Dwight Brock

Collier Clerk of Courts Dwight Brock

If Collier County doesn't pay Dune Chamberlain the $62,000 it owes him today, he said he could lose his business.

In fact, to keep All Ways Electric afloat these last couple of weeks, Chamberlain and his wife have dipped into her surgery deductible, raided their son's graduation fund and are now selling personal possessions to make payroll. The couple opened the business in 2005.

"It's heartbreaking," he said. "We started this business in our living room and had up to 65 employees at one time. Because of the economic situation, we scaled back and moved to this office and we have worked hard to keep our employees employed."

Chamberlain is one of the subcontractors who worked on the Marco Island Executive Airport taxiway expansion. Collier County Clerk Dwight Brock has refused to pay the $1 million still owed on the project because he said the land was not zoned properly.

But, at the 11th hour, Chamberlain got some good news — Brock will be making a payment to DeAngelis Diamond, the general contractor for the project, Chamberlain and Commission Chairman Fred Coyle said Thursday evening. Brock will pay the total bill.

"I appreciate Mr. Brock and the commissioners getting this handled over the last couple of days. This will help our company and I can't say enough about that," he said. "I'm so happy, I don't know what to say."

The decision came after Chamberlain sent emails to Brock and the commissioners Wednesday, making a plea to resolve the issue of the taxiway as quickly as possible.

"Please help my wife and I not lose this company, put people out of work; we did what was asked," he said.

Brock's initial decision not to pay the $1 million tab put him at odds with the majority of commissioners. They voted this week to approve staff's clarification that a portion of the taxiway was in compliance with the county laws. Commissioner Georgia Hiller was the lone dissenter.

Chamberlain's email shocked and angered Coyle.

"I did not understand it was so serious for our subcontractors," Coyle said. "They have had to endure delays in payment. And there is nothing illegal about this. No one is improperly benefitting from this situation. We are not breaking any laws."

Coyle directed his frustration at Brock, saying his stubbornness was keeping the bills from being paid.

"He makes up his mind on the interpretation of the law and he is frequently wrong," he said. "I think we should replace the clerk and I am happy to petition the governor to that effect. He's done severe damage to this community. Who is going to want to do economic development here?"

Brock said Thursday he "feels very bad for everyone who is suffering because of this issue ... No one wants this to happen and everyone wants a solution."

Brock said the county would not have this problem if staff would "do things properly."

"I cannot make them do things properly," he said. "There is nothing I can do about that."

The state Attorney General tells him that as clerk, he is the auditor of county funds and Florida Statute 129.09 prohibits him from paying a bill that is illegal, Brock said.

"Commissioner Coyle doesn't think we need to follow the law, that we should do what we want and common sense should prevail," he said. "My common sense is dictated to me by both houses of the state Legislature. That's what guides me."

"(Coyle) said seven years ago I was wrong. Everything he said I was wrong about, I was proven right," he said, referring to the Florida Supreme Court's ruling that he has the right to audit bank accounts containing county money.

Brock said he can't make decisions in a vacuum. Further, he said the county is in the process of changing the land development code to allow aviation use on the portion of the taxiway that was zoned incorrectly. That proposal is on the county's website.

"The objective is not to fight over who is right and wrong," he said. "The important thing is to try and correct the issue and move on. That is all I am trying to do."

Chamberlain, who has done work for the county previously, said it's frustrating for businesses because the county does not pay for work until it's complete.

"So, I have to buy a $2,000 light, pay for it out of pocket and then wait until the project is 100 percent done until I get paid for it," he said. "It's hard for a small business."

Coyle said while he was happy there was a resolution, delaying payments will have a long term effect, not only on those involved, but on Collier County's reputation.

"This does not remove the problems (Brock) has created as a result of the delay," he said. "If it is okay to pay on Thursday, why was it not okay to pay on Tuesday?"

Attempts to reach Brock Thursday evening were unsuccessful. But as to why he might have changed his mind, Brock said Tuesday after the commission meeting that he would "continue to work with staff on the issues of legality."

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MisterK writes:

Let's talk about the work of "staff". By this article, staff was the problem. Can someone narrow down who is staff and who is in charge of staff?

ex31539er writes:

in response to MisterK:

Let's talk about the work of "staff". By this article, staff was the problem. Can someone narrow down who is staff and who is in charge of staff?

Brock CLAIMS staff is the problem here. In reality, though, Dwight sees the problem when he looks in the mirror.

cman writes:

Dwight needs to be removed from office by petitioning the Governer if that is what it takes. Deanglis Diamond and all the subs should not only get behind the petition but file suit for damages as a result of his actions.

This story has legs and they are running...

Doctorate writes:

Not paying the DAD so it pay its subcontractors is criminal. After paying out over $5 million, Brock now declines to pay one more penny. It is "ILLEGAL"! If Brock does pay DAD, it will be far less than what is owed. Brock is eager to find problems and dodges all attempts to resolve issues. Any first year law student can spot issues, a good attorney will resolve them. Brock and Hiller should resign.

savethewhalz writes:

As a once Brock supporter, I am confused. According to himself he is now spending taxpayer monies illegally.

intense writes:

So IF it was illegal to pay it, why did Saint Brock pay it?
Does this mean Saint Brock did something illegal?
Or, is it just illegal when Saint Brock wants it to be illegal?
Guess Saint Brock is his own judge and jury because he sure made a quick determination that this was no longer illegal.
But hold on to your hats, tomorrow it might be illegal again.
Maybe illegal only works on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Looks like Brock really DOES make up the rules to his game as he goes along.

northnaples34110 writes:

1. Dwight is now a land use attorney, interpreting zoning law. 2. Dwight says on Tuesday paying the bill is illegal. 3. On Thursday Dwight says he will pay the bill. 4. Either Dwight was wrong (and he needs to admit it) or he is paying a bill illegally and should be removed from office.

GeorgeJetson writes:

This was the last payment of several. I'm at a loss if he paid previous payments then according to him he paid an illegal bill. Why is it now legal?

Brock always has been a joke and needs to go.

chestercopperpot writes:

Brock has gone mad. Time to hang it up. Retire old man. You have lost your ability to think rationally.

lovemycat writes:

Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.
Brock is the master at deception, innuendo, inference and insinuation.
He taught his disciple, Hiller, well. What a willing and eager subject Brock found in 8 Names Job Killer Hiller!
Is Tim Nance now being groomed by Brock devotee Mark Strain????
Surely Strain isn't putting in all those hours at the clerks office just to keep from being idle ........

SMILES writes:

Brock makes sure you as a taxpayer are not cheated. Somehow, this activity bypassed some laws or inspections which should have been caught by some one long ago. It's almost funny how they catch all kinds of little things a homeowner might have problems with & yet a multimillion dollar deal doesn't get checked out. I'd say Zoning Dept is the place which needs cleaning up. They can harass people to death & overlook major infractions & never do a thing until THEY get caught. Time to turn the tables.

volochine writes:

Marco Island Executive Airport. Why is Collier public money even being spent on this private airport?

How many airports do you need in this area with the 58th and 71st largest cities in America? And Marco Island doesn't even fall in the Top 100 largest cities.

Private airports should be self-sufficient.

angrytxpyr writes:

These are the very issues that the Collier County Commission and the County Mangler were trying to hide that resulted in the long drawn out and very expensive lawsuit that the County Commission LOST!!! How many times has Collier County ordered a shed be torn down or a building remain unoccupied due to zoning issues, sorry Mr. Business owner but you can't do that there. Lets ask Hommer Helter just how compassionate forgiving the County zoning Department was when they were trying to shut him down for improper zoning. Heck I remember a whole bunch of years ago a school building in La La La Lely had to be torn down, the slab removed and the construction restarted because the building was not exactly where it was supposed to be. Why didn't the County Commission DIRECT the County Mangler to get the zoning corrected ASAP so this debacle could be avoided. Yup Dwight's not the saint but he's not the push over either. Fred(rip van)Coyle and his arrogant "I'm from the City of Naples" attitude is exactly what this County does NOT need. You have another County Commissioner who is said to have at least one illegal storage building(zoning does not allow it)on his property in Golden Gate Estates so just how is it that this individual that is running for reelection is allowed to even have a say on issues that relate to zoning. If it weren't for one little audit and inspection of work the County had already paid for but wasn't done the TAXPAYERS would still have a bunch of unfinished work that we would have had to pay to have done again. The problem is that Fred(rip van)Coyle is a pompous little arse who is of the opinion he is always right and when he's proven wrong he has a crying fit but still can't overcome his deep routed belief that "The rules don't apply to him" even after millions of TAXPAYER $$$ have been blown on a s----- lawsuit telling him the do apply to him.

Sick writes:

This government really don't care about the people who fund it.

The whole bunch needs to go.

Me Me Me!. Problem = Them Them Them Them.

gl1800 writes:

in response to volochine:

Marco Island Executive Airport. Why is Collier public money even being spent on this private airport?

How many airports do you need in this area with the 58th and 71st largest cities in America? And Marco Island doesn't even fall in the Top 100 largest cities.

Private airports should be self-sufficient.

The Marco Island airport makes a profit but it is owned by the county so the county pays.

beekeeper writes:

Very interesting in that collier county doesnt pay the subs. Deangelis diamond is supposed to pay the subs and then deangelis diamond asks the county for payment certifying that all subs have been paid. So, if the sub was not paid and if deangelis diamond applied to the county for payment stating all subs had been paid....... Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmm....

cman writes:

Today is the day.

cowboy54321 writes:

Mr. Brock is totally out of order. This was evident by his performance at the recent commissioners meeting. Hiller his accomplice is a lunatic. What happened overnight that made this control freak change his mind? Time to change diapers with this guy. Hiller and Brock has made Collier county the best reality show in the county.

itmattershere writes:

We would pay, but there is no money to pay, cause the budget has a shortfall. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha.

CollierisParadise writes:

I respect the opinions expressed here even though extreme positions on both sides are certainly expressed. My opinions are:
1. 6 payments were made for about $6 million dollars, how many of them are legal or illegal?
2. The taxiway contract was fulfilled by the contractors and the last payment request was submitted for payment.
3. At the last minute the zoning is not right, although that is in dispute. Let's be honest, the old Marco airport configuration without a taxiway is bad, very bad. I expect every airport to be built properly and I cannot imagine how many people can get so mad over having a taxiway at an airport. If there is a
serious zoning issue, let's fix it, and quick, if not, forget it.
4. All can learn a lesson: think about the unintended consequences of decisions not to pay contractors. The battle over the post payments are over, but I think the Clerk and to some lesser extent the BCC keep on fighting the fight. Dwight, be a little smarter and think before you act, and the BCC when you face a conflict try to resolve it by good reasoning and compromise. Your continual fights costs Collier County jobs, but more importantly affects our reputation, which is in need of repair!

FloridaVoter writes:

Under the guise of "taxpayer watchdog" Mr. Brock is putting the county at risk of getting sued by people and businesses damaged by his grandstanding. I'm sure they have a contract, they performed the work in good faith, and - for the sake of WHAT??? - is Brock holding out on some technicality that can be fixed ... just in time for this particular business to have been damaged beyond repair. I hope they sue, and I hope it's expensive ... and I hope that people will vote Brock out.

Here4Now writes:

Wow, so many sides to this issue. It seems that the common thread through all of it is the failure of staff to properly follow the law. And, this seems to be a frequently recurring theme.

We elect new officials all the time, but staff is constant, permanent, out of the public scrutiny, and the real power base of control. They have their own little fiefdoms in place and they guard them fiercely.

You want to change they way this koontry kownty operates - start with a housecleaning of staff first.

AWE writes:

I am the contractor mentioned above; I am unsure as to who shot john, this was a very unfortunate situation that I and my wife are very grateful was resolved with the county. I would like to add the Mr. Brock did in fact call me direct to discuss the email that was sent basically pleading for my company to get paid with a graphic description as to the turn of events to follow if we were not. I appreciate that he did this and he also reached out yesterday when they had resolution or pending resolution. I would like to add that County Commissioner Jim Colletta also called and had a discussion with me which I admire all who took time out of their busy schedule to address this very sad situation. I do not know the dynamics of the board or the clerks issues. But can only thank you for all the efforts put forth. I would like to add that this was nothing whatsoever to do with Deangalis Diamond issue. I have read the documents and zoning in question and understand fully and can only provide my opinion and the documents are posted and with a little reading you can come to a very similar conclusion I am sure. The important thing to me is that my family concerns are addressed and that my employees can continue to work...

feduptoo writes:

Instead of attempting to deflect this issue to a 'staff problem', let's get real about what is going on. Break it down:

Who: Clerk of Courts Dwight Brock overstepping his authority. Again and Again. (All the while claiming he is safeguarding your money)

What: Creating 'issues' where none exist so he can blow them out of proportion, make them as public as possible and then portray himself as the humble public servant acting in the interest of the taxpayers. Brock sings the same tune to all who are gullible enough to buy it: He proclaims himself to be the only thing between the taxpayer and certain criminal malfeasance on the part of the county. He will SPEND unaccounted for taxpayer dollars doing so. Because thanks to the Florida court decision, he can. Remember, it was NOT just Collier County opposing unlimited powers by county clerks, it was Florida Association of Counties representing 67 counties too. Starting to look they the counties had GOOD reason to believe a clerk should NOT have unlimited powers to spend unlimited taxpayer dollars doing whatever POST audit they choose. Hence, the abuse of audit powers in the form of vendetta audits. Fourteen months on the Ave Marie vendetta audit. How many months on the 'get the airport manager for Hiller' audit. What else has he been wasting taxpayer money on? (Still think he is SAVING you money???)

When: Right after the courts gave him the unbridled ability to do vendetta audits, to post audit every single project that he ALREADY had a chance to audit before he made payment. Making his department MUCH larger than it needs to be. (Still think he is SAVING you money???)

Why: He enjoys being antagonistic with 'the county'.

Result: Business people all over the county are being hurt. That's the bottom line. He is HURTING business AND poisoning the well for this county.

(Still think he is SAVING you money???)

flvsmom writes:

in response to beekeeper:

Very interesting in that collier county doesnt pay the subs. Deangelis diamond is supposed to pay the subs and then deangelis diamond asks the county for payment certifying that all subs have been paid. So, if the sub was not paid and if deangelis diamond applied to the county for payment stating all subs had been paid....... Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmm....

I was wondering the same thing. When I first saw the headline I thought NDN was saying Deangelis Diamond was going out of business without payment and I thought "how far they have fallen!"

What's up with Deangelis not paying their subs?

swfl_ff writes:

Overall I have supported Mr Brock as Clerk as we do need to have some sort of check and balances in the system otherwise some of these commissioners would spend us into oblivion which they pretty much have already done.

However I do believe the Brock is getting a bit full of himself here lately now that he has the court rulings backing him up. This situation and the recent situation with the moving company that was owed money for work performed are not being handled properly. If the work was completed as ordered in good faith then PAY them. It's not fair to these contractors to hold them up just over technicalities.

Now that said its time for the commissioners and their staff to get their act together and make sure that all the paperwork is correct to begin with. If they would take the time to make sure that their ducks are in a row a lot of these silly arguments with Brock could be avoided plain and simple.

There is plenty of blame to go around on this one. Both sides are acting like children.

heckuvajob writes:

Nick Casalanguida is responsible for this. He doesn't know what he's doing. He has no right being in that job and now it's costing a local business a million dollars. Nick is a fraud and he will soon be exposed. The county manger and commissioners who put him in that job will be liable for every decision he's ever made, ever person he's ever fired and ever under the table deal he's ever done.

TheyPavedParadise2 writes:

in response to angrytxpyr:

These are the very issues that the Collier County Commission and the County Mangler were trying to hide that resulted in the long drawn out and very expensive lawsuit that the County Commission LOST!!! How many times has Collier County ordered a shed be torn down or a building remain unoccupied due to zoning issues, sorry Mr. Business owner but you can't do that there. Lets ask Hommer Helter just how compassionate forgiving the County zoning Department was when they were trying to shut him down for improper zoning. Heck I remember a whole bunch of years ago a school building in La La La Lely had to be torn down, the slab removed and the construction restarted because the building was not exactly where it was supposed to be. Why didn't the County Commission DIRECT the County Mangler to get the zoning corrected ASAP so this debacle could be avoided. Yup Dwight's not the saint but he's not the push over either. Fred(rip van)Coyle and his arrogant "I'm from the City of Naples" attitude is exactly what this County does NOT need. You have another County Commissioner who is said to have at least one illegal storage building(zoning does not allow it)on his property in Golden Gate Estates so just how is it that this individual that is running for reelection is allowed to even have a say on issues that relate to zoning. If it weren't for one little audit and inspection of work the County had already paid for but wasn't done the TAXPAYERS would still have a bunch of unfinished work that we would have had to pay to have done again. The problem is that Fred(rip van)Coyle is a pompous little arse who is of the opinion he is always right and when he's proven wrong he has a crying fit but still can't overcome his deep routed belief that "The rules don't apply to him" even after millions of TAXPAYER $$$ have been blown on a s----- lawsuit telling him the do apply to him.

Good post.
How about the code case on that same commissioner who owns property in Immokalee that vanished on the day it was supposed to be heard in code court? Something about overgrown grass?
So many questions, in November an army of estates residents will start the process of looking into the last 11 years of special deals. The court of public opinion will judge what has happened.

TheyPavedParadise2 writes:

in response to heckuvajob:

Nick Casalanguida is responsible for this. He doesn't know what he's doing. He has no right being in that job and now it's costing a local business a million dollars. Nick is a fraud and he will soon be exposed. The county manger and commissioners who put him in that job will be liable for every decision he's ever made, ever person he's ever fired and ever under the table deal he's ever done.

Not qualified, admittedly so.
What about the special trysts at the gym?
How about the quality time with a few female staffers?
Someone has been telling.
Lots of people know.......

buffettfan writes:

Priceless.
The clerk almost ruins a local business.
Now, it's somebody else at fault.
Is it any wonder kids lack values today?
Their parents want everybody but the CULPRIT blamed for any wrong doing.
It seems to be a cancer on society.
BLAME THE CLERK. End of story.

Notahiredblogger writes:

"I think we should replace the clerk and I am happy to petition the governor to that effect. He's done severe damage to this community."

What desperate measures the guilty employ. If Coyle were to try this there would be a cry from the public for his head. If you want to try this Coyle go ahead. But you will be the next in line. And believe me it will be swift.

Notahiredblogger writes:

in response to chestercopperpot:

Brock has gone mad. Time to hang it up. Retire old man. You have lost your ability to think rationally.

That's what we keep saying about your Dad.

Notahiredblogger writes:

in response to buffettfan:

Priceless.
The clerk almost ruins a local business.
Now, it's somebody else at fault.
Is it any wonder kids lack values today?
Their parents want everybody but the CULPRIT blamed for any wrong doing.
It seems to be a cancer on society.
BLAME THE CLERK. End of story.

The Clerk is upholding the law, something that Coyle, Coletta and Fiala don't know how to do.

Notahiredblogger writes:

"I think we should replace the clerk and I am happy to petition the governor to that effect. He's done severe damage to this community."

Think about your own damage you've done Coyle.

Notahiredblogger writes:

in response to TheyPavedParadise2:

Not qualified, admittedly so.
What about the special trysts at the gym?
How about the quality time with a few female staffers?
Someone has been telling.
Lots of people know.......

Well this is interesting! Tell more, does Nicks D_ _ _ not know when to stay in it's pants?

Notahiredblogger writes:

in response to TheyPavedParadise2:

Good post.
How about the code case on that same commissioner who owns property in Immokalee that vanished on the day it was supposed to be heard in code court? Something about overgrown grass?
So many questions, in November an army of estates residents will start the process of looking into the last 11 years of special deals. The court of public opinion will judge what has happened.

Best quote of the day!

The problem is that Fred(rip van)Coyle is a pompous little arse who is of the opinion he is always right and when he's proven wrong he has a crying fit but still can't overcome his deep routed belief that "The rules don't apply to him"

Notahiredblogger writes:

in response to angrytxpyr:

These are the very issues that the Collier County Commission and the County Mangler were trying to hide that resulted in the long drawn out and very expensive lawsuit that the County Commission LOST!!! How many times has Collier County ordered a shed be torn down or a building remain unoccupied due to zoning issues, sorry Mr. Business owner but you can't do that there. Lets ask Hommer Helter just how compassionate forgiving the County zoning Department was when they were trying to shut him down for improper zoning. Heck I remember a whole bunch of years ago a school building in La La La Lely had to be torn down, the slab removed and the construction restarted because the building was not exactly where it was supposed to be. Why didn't the County Commission DIRECT the County Mangler to get the zoning corrected ASAP so this debacle could be avoided. Yup Dwight's not the saint but he's not the push over either. Fred(rip van)Coyle and his arrogant "I'm from the City of Naples" attitude is exactly what this County does NOT need. You have another County Commissioner who is said to have at least one illegal storage building(zoning does not allow it)on his property in Golden Gate Estates so just how is it that this individual that is running for reelection is allowed to even have a say on issues that relate to zoning. If it weren't for one little audit and inspection of work the County had already paid for but wasn't done the TAXPAYERS would still have a bunch of unfinished work that we would have had to pay to have done again. The problem is that Fred(rip van)Coyle is a pompous little arse who is of the opinion he is always right and when he's proven wrong he has a crying fit but still can't overcome his deep routed belief that "The rules don't apply to him" even after millions of TAXPAYER $$$ have been blown on a s----- lawsuit telling him the do apply to him.

The problem is that Fred(rip van)Coyle is a pompous little arse who is of the opinion he is always right and when he's proven wrong he has a crying fit but still can't overcome his deep routed belief that "The rules don't apply to him"

Best quote of the day!

Notahiredblogger writes:

Did I mention-Best quote of the day?

The problem is that Fred(rip van)Coyle is a pompous little arse who is of the opinion he is always right and when he's proven wrong he has a crying fit but still can't overcome his deep routed belief that "The rules don't apply to him"

tru213 writes:

in response to Notahiredblogger:

Did I mention-Best quote of the day?

The problem is that Fred(rip van)Coyle is a pompous little arse who is of the opinion he is always right and when he's proven wrong he has a crying fit but still can't overcome his deep routed belief that "The rules don't apply to him"

Well said!

Simply, king Coyle, and his sidekicks Coletta, and Fiala have no idea of what they are doing. They think arrogance and pomposity can hide their ignorance and stupidity. Furthermore, for years, this trio and County staff behave as if laws, rules, and regulations do not apply to them and their associates.

County staff and their consultants have been having a field day getting projects approved by the 3 stooges. Why do you think they were more than willing to waste $5 million of taxpayers' money to keep Brock from auditing them? It appears that Coyle is still fighting the war against Brock, and very willing to waste more taxpayers' money to replace Brock. Coyle should be recalled!

When something improper is found out, Coyle, Coletta, and Fiala's modus operandi is to talk as if they were not involved, and not responsible. Remember, they were the ones who approved these debacles in the first place. Then they start blaming and demonizing the Clerk or whoever caught them. The Clerk is just trying to perform his duty according to the laws. If more of our county officials were more like Brock, conscientious and law abiding, fraud and waste would be drastically reduced. Collier County would not be $750,000 in debt.

Coyle is now blaming Collier's unfriendly business environment on Brock. How ludicrous! For the past 7 years, Brock could not audit. He had nothing to do with the business environment. Businesses would not come to Collier County because they know that they cannot succeed in and compete with the unfair practice of favoritism ingrained in Collier government.

Citizens must vote Coletta and Fiala out! This is the first step towards improving Collier County's political, economical, and financial conditions.

meeho42794 writes:

Brock does the same thing with nonprofitsw with grant money. Nonprofits must get 3 quotes to buy a pencil, then submit a reimbursementrequest and wait 6 months (no lie) to get the money back. Nonprofits cannot afford to float expenses while he rejects requests because something was only calculated out to 4 decimal places and not 6 decimal places. No joke.

intense writes:

Quick, restart the 'blame engine'. Ooops, this time you can't blame the county staff.
Must be the nonprofit staff screwing up.
No, wait. Blame Nick C. in growth mgmt.

Again, put the blame where it should go .....
CLERK putting the hurts to businesses AND nonprofits throughout the county.

sandytoes25 writes:

I've read all the banter today and there is only one conclusion.

Dwight Brock needs to step down from office. He is incapable of making compenent decisions. Once the court gave him a bit of authority he has taken it to a different level. Granted the clerk should have audit abilities but he should not make policy nor should they withhold payments to contractors. Crystal Kinzel needs to close her mouth for once if she can and listen to the people. We need to clean house in that department starting with Brock and his minions, including Hiller.
Commissioner Coyle has the right idea, it is time for someone to contact the Governor, we need help in Collier County to protect us from the clerk.

gotero writes:

in response to beekeeper:

Very interesting in that collier county doesnt pay the subs. Deangelis diamond is supposed to pay the subs and then deangelis diamond asks the county for payment certifying that all subs have been paid. So, if the sub was not paid and if deangelis diamond applied to the county for payment stating all subs had been paid....... Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmm....

It is a pay on pay subcontract. When work is completed (% of completion ) and certified then the Gen contractor is paid. He then pays the subs. Standard construction contract

profiler writes:

With so many self serving crooks involved it is hard to blame a single one of them. Maybe they are ALL self serving public servants...scamming the citizens out of their tax dollars. commie county is such a suitable name for this nazi town. It is the most corrupt and anti freedom and anti-business place in florida.

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