In an Oct. 27 Palm Coast City Council workshop, Councilman Steve Nobile took aim at Councilman Jason DeLorenzo's assertion during a council meeting a week earlier that Nobile's push for a Charter review was, as DeLorenzo put it, "still a political ploy, and nothing more than that."
Responding at the Oct. 27 workshop, Nobile read the following prepared statement, saying before he did so, "I apologize for this, but I have to make this statement":
"I believe that this council was diminished last week when council member DeLorenzo declared that my motives for seeking the Charter review were impure.
"While council meeting policy and procedures forbid questioning the motives of another council member, Mr. DeLorenzo chose to break this protocol without any evidence and publicly attack my credibility.
"In fact, I was elected to office with a great amount of support. While I won’t speculate on what motivated Mr. DeLorenzo to take this publicly embarrassing position, I will offer that it demonstrates a collapse of leadership and debate skills which are necessary to lead this city.
"It is my position that none of us should face such an impulsive affront to our sincerity, integrity or competence, especially from one another on the council. We invite suspicion and distrust from the citizens of Palm Coast and destroy their confidence in us if this council tolerates attacks of this nature.
"Conversely, a Charter review has the opposite effect — of rendering the council transparent and willing to accept the scrutiny of the true owners of Palm Coast and how we operate as stewards on their behalf. For such an action there can not be any distrust."