Residents jaded by local campaign rhetoric, may begin to feel hopeful. This week one newly elected Mount Dora official delivered on a simple promise.
During his campaign, Mayor Nick Girone told voters that he believed the city government was disconnected from many of its residents and he wanted more open communication. This week, Girone set the tone by extending an open invitation to residents to join him for coffee and tell him their concerns or just stop by to introduce themselves. The idea was well-received and the mayor was asked about a range of topics including pensions, parks, local history and rumor control.
According to Girone, the open coffee invitations will continue to be part of his commitment to maintain a constructive dialogue with Mount Dora's residents and business owners. The casual get-togethers will be scheduled at different venues throughout the city.
"I love spending time with the residents", said Girone adding that he takes the good comments along with the bad.
In addition to the coffee meetings, Girone has scheduled open office hours at City Hall for residents and business owners to stop by without an appointment. The first will be this Wednesday, December 16, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 3:30.