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Even allowing for the monumental challenges facing Punta Gorda after Hurricane Charley, it's hard to make a case that the city has been well run in recent years.
The embarrassing search for a new city manager exemplifies the problems. Despite receiving more than nine months' notice from outgoing City Manager Willard Beck, the council still hasn't found a replacement. Beck retired last week.
Other important projects, such as improving Laishley Park, have languished with no visible progress.
Punta Gorda residents who share this assessment have an opportunity on Feb. 8 to send a clear message of dissatisfaction. Two incumbents --John Land and John …