Cook: Don't micromanage city trips
Saying her taxpayer-funded travel budget shouldn't be scrutinized just because one person complained about her spending $1,305 on trips to Key West and Sanibel Island, North Port City Commissioner Cheryl Cook recently argued she doesn't want to be micromanaged.
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#2 Sep 30, 2013
Lets do a little fact checking on Cape Coral and Key West. The two cities that Cook spent all most $5000 visiting for supposed city business on seeing how they run their cities.
Neither city has anything in common with North Port.
The population of North Port is 50,000.
Cape Coral has 150,000.
Key West has 25,000.
North Port average income is $25,000.
Cape Coral average income is $80,000.
Key West average income is $50,000.
North Port has a large rural green area.
Cape Coral and Key West have none.
North Port has three interstate exits in the city. Cape Coral and Key west have none.
Cape Coral and Key west are seaside tourist communities.
North Port is neither a seaside nor a tourist community.
So why did Cook pick these two cities that have absolutely nothing in common with North Port to visit in seeing how they do business?
Well it seems that when questioned about such, she called it micro managing.
So blowing $5000 on basicaly two high end vacations at the tax payers expense is nit picking in her words.
Blowing a fifth of the average North Port family yearly income on a high end vactions is anything but nit picking to the average citizen of North Port.
It would seem that Cook has no real idea of how the average family of North Port has to deal with living and surviving.
She does know and seems to worry about the high dollar gated communties of North Port though. Bobcat Trails, Heron Creek and other members only areas are more of the social and life styles she is worried about.
She was going to bring accountabilty into city government, yet she broke sevral campaign laws and had to pay fines for violating such.
She has made it next to if not impossible to contact her through city owned cell phone, email, of her office phone. You want to talk to her, make an appointment. She supposedly works for us the citizens. Yet she has the attitude that she is still a business owner. She acts like she owns her elected job and the citizens are her employees who should bow to her wishers and not question her actions. Which is what she said she would not do with this little line when she announced her bid for office.
"Understanding that the Commission seat I will hold does not belong to me but to the people of North Port."
Where is that thrifty way of spending our tax dollars? Since the closing of the Springs the city has dished out how much money with nothing comming in from it?
I was leary of her before whe was elected. She gave little in the way of her background other then infromation that one might see in a job application.
She refused to be involved in any of the debates before the election. If you count only the people who voted for her knowing anything about her, that leaves the other 98% of the population not having any real information about her at all.
#3 Oct 1, 2013
Well she is a Teabag supported Republican. What do you expect. They talk a great game, but play like crap.
Hell she and her other two so called fiscal female conservatives took no action to keep Warm Minerial Springs from shutting down.
As the other poster said, we have been paying it's bills and getting nothing in return.
And what a coincident, their "our way or the highway" mentality that caused the Springs to shut down has been replayed by their Teabag U.S. Congress brethern. They shut down the U.S. Governement.
I also am having a hard time finding anything of real substance about Cook.
Other then her campaign packet there is realy nothing at all known about her other then she has lived here for ten years with her mother.
She owned a samll court reporter business for 22 years in Miami.
What happened to the business? Did she sell it? Retire from it or what?
Hell once she moved to North Port ten years ago has she had any other job?
She was never questioned about anything in her past because she never attended one debate. She never attended one "meet and greet" prior to the election that was opened to the general public so such questions could be asked.
Ms/Mrs/Mz. Cook or whatever her status is or was, was shielded from public scrutiny buy the Sarasota Republican party from the day she announced her candidacy.
#4 Oct 1, 2013
Looking at just who supports Cook, and why should give some real insight into what she stands for.
I just love two of Cook's biggest fans and supporters.
One is a real estate agent who has lived in North Port less then two years, but knows what is best for it. What he/she is realy after is a seat on the new economic board that Cook is looking into.
The other is a teabag conspiracy theorist who goes by the middle name of "Libery" (it is realy Michelle and the first name is Lisa). She believes that jet plane contrails are chemical weapons being sprayed by the government over the citizens of the U.S.
Both come out every time there is a story in the media that may cast a dark cloud over Cook. They pop up on the Facebook comment posting section of such stories.
One was justed handed their %ss by the Sun Herald when they tried to blame the media for Cooks problems.
#6 Oct 6, 2013
What? A Teabag loving news media that questions Cook and her dream vacation trips.
#7 Oct 14, 2013
What? More of the same silent routine from Cook. Who would have thought.
#8 Oct 15, 2013
Anyone want to guess who was absent from last night comms. meeting that was highlighted by the WMS debacle.
Yep! Yours truly, C. Cook.
What the hell is up with her. Everytime there is a controversy surrounding a decision she is either not there or does not answer questions.
What casued her "no show" this time? Tummy ache, car broke down, dog died or what?
More then likely she was at home hiding behind mommy's skirt so she would not have to face those mean people who want to question her about her job.
#9 Oct 15, 2013
Hello, Miss Cook?
Come out, come out, where ever you are!!!!!
#10 Oct 29, 2013
Just keeps getting better and better. So much for saving tax dollars Cook.
We are still shelling out tens of thousands of dollars for WMS and showing nothing in return.
Not it seems that the Springs will not be opened at all during the season.
North Port rejects short-term concessionaire plan for springs
By Dale White
Published: Monday, October 28, 2013 at 11:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 28, 2013 at 11:41 p.m.
NORTH PORT - After a lengthy discussion Monday night, the North Port City Commission decided to drop the idea of finding a short-term concessionaire for Warm Mineral Springs and instead focus on the details of a long-term agreement. It acknowledged that the popular swimming attraction is likely to remain closed through the tourist season.
Please, please leave office now so we can have a special election and get someone in who knows what the hell they are doing.
#11 Oct 30, 2013
Okey, after hearing and reading that the Springs would not be open during the season, I decided to do some checking on the three city comms. who got the springs in it's state.
Checking the city's website I found that all the commis. had a bio about themselves except for Cook.
Like someone else has said there is absolutley nothing known about her prior to coming to the city and what she has been doing since moving here.
So I then attempt to call her and find out about the springs and what she will do next.
Guess what, she is not there and two days later still no return call.
She has till today to call me back. If nothing is heard from her I will make an appearnce on Halloween at city hall.
They are having there annual trick or treat time and Cook should be there.
Others who may wish to talk to her outside of a city commis meeting may want to do the same.
#12 Nov 5, 2013
NORTH PORT The Friends of Warm Mineral Springs recently prevailed in a civil lawsuit filed against the city of North Port. Now, taxpayers could pay thousands in attorney fees.
In June, the founders of the Friends group, Bill Delp and his girlfriend, Juliette Jones, filed a civil suit against Cypress Lending, who operated the Springs day spa for the city and Sarasota County, who co-own the 81-acre site. They also filed a suit against the city.
Just keeps getting better and better dosen't Cook.
FOR GOD SAKE WILL YOU PLEASE LEAVE OFFICE!!!!!!!!!!
#13 Dec 2, 2013
Well lets see how well you and your two other followers can screw the Springs up after tonights meeting.
#14 Dec 3, 2013
What a shock!! Same crap as before!!! No answers just lip service.
To top it off Cook you tried to limit the amount of people that could attend the meeting. When a large crowd of people showed up to voice the opinion you tried to deny them access to the meeting by voting against using the larger chambers to accommodate them. However the majority of commis saw the right on the wall and listened to the people who elected them and voted against you and moved the meeting to the larger chamber.
Now here is the part the pissed me off. You and Yates are the two biggest causes for the Springs closing. Yet you called out the rest of the commis. as being the problem for doing nothing.
The Springs was doing just fine with the system that was in place.
Maybe your sheltered life did not expose you to the old saying, "IF IT AINT BROKE, DON'T FIX IT!
The best thing you can do is resign, pull up stakes in North Port and Move back the east coast where you can no longer screw the city up.
#15 Dec 7, 2013
Well that is being proven as she is bring up the Bay Flight Copter at the next commis meeting. She is sponcering the question as 35 people have complained about it's noise. Most of, if not all complaints are from the gated high end dollar Herron Creek Country Club. What a f&cking suprise Cook comming to the rescue again for a few rich *ssholes complaining about a life saving resource that may take to the air once a day if that.
To think that the citizens have to put up with 3 more years of the clueless human.
#16 Dec 15, 2013
Well the life saving helicopter service will stay at its current location at least till May. A very close vote of 3-2 to keep the helicopter ambulance took place. Wont to guess who the two decenting votes were.
Yep, the two new guns in town again Cook, and DiFranco. It was learned that Cook was one of the main instigators wanting to give the service the heave ho. The Sun tried to contact her about her association with the complaining group that she never made public. As f&cking usual Cook never returned the eMail to the Sun with an answer.
Want to bet she does not return any phone calls either. AGAIN !!!!!
At this stage of the game with Cook, it is about time that every area media service should be on her like cold on ice. Her stead fast refusal to answer to no one about her actions as an elected official should have by now pushed the public to the breaking point with her ego crap.
This should have happened before the election when she refused to attend any public debate or public meet and greet.
She was and still is sheilded from any kind of media preasure by her good freind, neighbor and campaign manager Les Reiselt.
It should be noted here and now that both individuals and their associates are Ron Paul supporters and followers. Hardcore tear down the city government and build it in their image people.
Then there is her internet meida propaganda minsiter Lisa Michelle Martin, AKA Michelle "Liberty" Martin. A fellow Ron Pauler of Cook and Reiselt who hits the news media websites whenever a less then shining news story hits the web. Lisa also a diehard Tenth Tenth Amendment Center lover and member, is right there damning the (in her view) biased media.
You will also find Cook's friend Stephen Schoenfeld playing the media propaganda game for her as well.
This why you never saw or heard Cook at an open public debate or any other open public event where she could have been questioned. If such would have taken place, her far,far right wacko politics would have been laid bare and she would have been defeated.
The same kind of crap that has grid locked our federal government is doing the samething here in the city government.
#17 Dec 19, 2013
Still no word from Cook on he connection wth the group complaining about the air ambulance.
Guess she is trying to get her story straight from Les.
#18 Dec 23, 2013
Yep, still waiting.
#19 Dec 25, 2013
Thanks Cook, now your crap has caused the city a business. Please move back to Miami.
#21 Feb 8, 2014
#22 Mar 2, 2014
Paranoia seems to be a state that Cook has been in for awhile now. She accuses the public of trying to micromanage her. Then it is the county commission, now it is the uniformed division of the NPPPD who is out to intimidate her.
She sounds like just about every Teabagger that holds anykind of office. Everyone is out to get me.
Of course that comes with the attitude of "I am right and everyone else is wrong" that she has held since taking office.
#23 Mar 25, 2015
Mz Cook is running again for a 2nd term, I believe this fall. I certainly will do everything I can to keep
her from another win. She does nothing for North Port and never agrees with anything the other
commissioners try to get done. She needs to go.
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