Supervisor who challenged Developer to pay up wins re-appointment in CDD 7

Ron Ruggeri

A former supervisor with a history of challenging the Developer to pay up on projects has won re-appointment to a seat in Community Development District 7.

Ron Ruggeri resigned from his CDD 7 supervisor seat in 2017 to care for his ailing parents and mother-in-law.

He was one of three applicants for the seat that opened up as the result of the resignation of Ron McMahon, who is moving out of CDD 7.

Supervisor Jerry Vicenti at Thursday’s meeting praised Ruggeri’s previous record, including in 2014 when he pressed the Developer to pay $100,000 toward the installation of a traffic light on Colony Boulevard. Ultimately, the Developer wrote a check for $100,000.

Ruggeri also pressed the Developer to contribute to a project at the Morse Boulevard bridge, but in that instance, the Developer declined.

The first round of voting found the supervisors deadlocked at 2-2.

Ruggeri won support from Vicenti and Supervisor William VonDohlen. Applicant John George of the Village of Hadley won the votes of Supervisor Mark Gallo and the board’s new chairman, Dennis Broedlin.

In the second round of voting, Gallo switched his vote to Ruggeri, giving him the margin of victory at 3-1.