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Ethics Code

The Ethics Code is a part of the laws of the City of Naples, overseen by the Ethics Commission and approved by City Council. It has a number of sections which are summarized below.

Section 2-971 Title, intent, policy, mission

  • This section discusses these four key subjects.

Section 2-972 Definitions

  • This section defines all the key terminology utilized throughout the Ethics Code.

Section 2-973 Ethics training

  • This section defines who must receive training, the type and frequency of training, and certification of training.

Section 2-974 Ethics guidance

  • This section describes the two types of written guidance available to eligible persons, informal consultations and formal advisory opinions.

Section 2-975 Conflicts of interest

  • This section defines a variety of conflicts of interest that persons must avoid, including misuse of office, disclosure of confidential information, honest services, prohibited representations and appearances, prohibited employment, post-employment restrictions, nepotism, bids and contract issues, financial interests, and voting conflicts.

Section 2-976 Gifts, honoraria, solicitations and loans

  • This section describes limits on gifts, honoraria, solicitations and loans.

Section 2-977 Disclosures

  • This section describes certain required disclosures including ex parte communications, voting conflicts, financial disclosures, honesty in applications and disclosures of property and business ownerships.

Section 2-978 Whistleblower procedures

  • This section clarifies the application of the Florida whistleblower law in Naples and defines the Commission as an “appropriate local official” for whistleblower information disclosure purposes.

Section 2-979 Lobbying

  • This section describes the registration, reporting and regulation requirements for lobbyists defined in Charter Section 17.3.

Section 2-980 Complaints, investigations and hearings

  • This section describes the basic procedure for complaints, investigations and hearings. These requirements are more extensively covered in the Commission’s policies and procedures on these subjects.

Section 2-981 Penalties and remedies

  • This section describes the several penalties that may be imposed when an ethics violation is found, including letters, training requirements, fines and restitution, and referral for further action by either the City Manager or City Council.