Miami Lakes

Letter: Michael Pizzi has not been reinstated as mayor of Miami Lakes

We just reviewed the letter to the editor submitted by Mr. Michael Pizzi. Both the headline and the letter are inaccurate. The mayor of the Town of Miami Lakes is Wayne Slaton.

The Town Charter is clear and the Supreme Court Orders entered on September 29, 2014 and December 22, 2014 clearly concur. The Supreme Court stated in its Order of December 22, 2014 that “the permanent Mayor assumed office on October 8, 2013, and the new mayor’s term will run until the next regularly scheduled election in November 2016”. [Emphasis added]. The Supreme Court also repeated once again what it held in the Order to Show Cause dated September 29, 2014, specifically “that it was not suggesting that the governor is required to reinstate petitioner to its former municipal office, which has been filled by operation of a special election in accordance with the Town Charter [emphasis added]. As such, Governor Scott in his Executive Order of December 22, 2014 stated “[i]n accordance with the above-mentioned Orders of the Supreme Court, this Order does not reinstate Michael Pizzi to the office of Mayor of the Town of Miami Lakes, Florida”.

The Florida Supreme Court and Governor Scott have been clear and unequivocal. Wayne Slaton is the mayor of the Town of Miami Lakes. The former mayor cannot and will not be reinstated.

Raul Gastesi, Attorney, Town of Miami Lakes

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