Leesburg Commission rejects man’s demand for city to ban plastic straws

Leesburg commissioners sent a clear message Monday night to a Fruitland Park man who has spoken to them multiple times in the past few months – the city has no interest in banning the use of plastic straws.

David Mitchell Serdar has spoken out against the use of plastic straws – and many other topics – on several occasions. In fact, over the past few months, he’s also been a regular speaker at Lady Lake Town Commission meetings, Fruitland Park Commission meetings and Marion County Commission meetings, to name a few.

Fruitland Park resident David Mitchell Serdar returns to his seat Monday night after addressing the Leesburg Commission about banning plastic straws and several other topics.

During the June 8 Leesburg Commission meeting, Serdar got into a heated discussion with commissioners. Mayor Elise Dennison had to remind him that his three minutes of speaking time were up – she tells him that every time he addresses the commission – and a Leesburg Police officer was on the way to speak with him when he finally sat down.
At that meeting, Commissioner Jay Hurley told Serdar the commission would vote on the straw issue so he could quit bringing it before them.

Serdar briefly addressed that issue on Monday night before the commissioners included the ordinance against banning straws in their consent agenda. He told them they could do whatever they wanted to do, as they are the leaders of the city.

When speaking at government meetings, Serdar often claims to be a candidate for a seat on the Water Authority District 5 in Lake County. But according to documents on file with the Lake County Supervisor of Elections, he failed to qualify for the ballot.

Serdar, a former employee of the Lake County School District, was arrested in April 2016 after he had been terminated from his position and was spotted talking with students at the bus loop at Leesburg High School. After he was spotted, Serdar tried to flee on foot, but was apprehended in the teachers’ parking lot, according to an arrest report from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. He was booked at the Lake County Jail on a charge of trespassing and released after posting $1,000 bond.

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