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No. The City Attorney cannot give advice in any private legal matter. Private legal matters must be handled by a private attorney. The City Attorney’s Office represents the Mayor, the City Council and the City’s Advisory Boards. If you need help locating an attorney, you may contact the Florida Bar and access their Lawyer Referral Service for consumers at www.floridabar.org or via phone – 1-800-342-8011, Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 5:30 p.m.
You may contact the Code Enforcement Department and speak with the Officer. The phone number to that department is 239-321-7948
The City’s code of ordinances is available on the Municipal Code Corporation website at www.municode.com. Additionally, you may contact the Clerk’s Office at City Public Records: 239-321-7045 or via Online
“Public records” are all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, tapes, photograms, films, sound recordings, data processing software or other material, regardless of the physical form, characteristics or means of transmission, made or received pursuant to law or ordinance or in connection with the transaction of official business by any agency.
The City Attorney does not have the honor of politically representing the community because while he or she must be ratified by the City Council, he or she is not elected by the people. The City Attorney must refrain from getting involved with or formulating political agendas by choosing sides in political debates, irrespective of his or her opinion.