Despite online petitions, and faltering support from his fellow councilpersons, Cape Coral Councilman Rick Williams says he has no plans to step down.


In recent weeks, Williams has been criticized for leaving a council meeting early while discussion was in progress on a COVID-19 mask mandate. At a later meeting he was seen with a mask over his eyes, and appeared to be asleep. He told reporters he was dealing with an eye irritation. Williams has also apologized for sending a threatening e-mail to a local realtor who criticized him.