A Florida zoning board member brought a community meeting to an awkward halt when she used a stiff-armed gesture to compare a village official to Adolph Hitler.
Marcia Radosevich objected to a proposal March 5 to grant more discretionary powers to Tim Stillings and his staff in the Wellington planning and development service office.
The citizen board member complained at length that she didn’t understand why Stillings or his staff should have the authority to consider project applications outside the village’s development review committee.
Then she made the Nazi salute gesture toward Stillings and said, “Heil Hitler.”
The Palm Beach Post reported that Stillings was taken aback. “Wow,” he said. “Wow. That might be a bit over the top, I think.”
Radosevich initially tried to laugh off her actions, apologized to Stillings “if that offended (him),” and tried to move on, but the newspaper reported that others in the room were visibly rattled by the gesture.
“It was extremely inappropriate,” said Village Attorney Laurie Cohen. “I understand that she felt strongly about the point that she was trying to make, but I think the words she chose and the gesture she made were really inappropriate.”
Village Councilman Matt Willhite said Radosevich, whom he appointed to the board, called him last week to express remorse.
“I think she was very upset with the runaround she felt she was getting and the answers she wasn’t getting,” Willhite said. “I’m guessing emotions got ahead of her, and she did something inappropriate – she knows that, I know that, we all know that.”
Radosevich cannot be removed from the board before her two-year term ends May 31, unless she resigns.
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