Ed Montanari to undergo heart surgery - SaintPetersBlog

Ed Montanari to undergo heart surgery

St. Pete City Council member Ed Montanari will be absent for meetings for “a few months.” Montanari announced in a letter to Council Wednesday and from the dais Thursday that he will be undergoing heart surgery later this month.

“I want to inform you that yesterday I was advised by my doctors that I will need to have surgery to repair a valve in my heart. My surgery has been scheduled for February 23rd, and the recovery time will last a few months,” Montanari wrote in a memo.

In addition to missing council meetings, Montanari said he will also be unable to attend public events. He assured Council members that he has “insured that the issues that need to be addressed in my absence will be covered.”

Montanari was just sworn into office last month. The operation he is undergoing is the result of a previous surgery in June that occurred just as he was elected unopposed.

“During my recovery, I will monitor all city council meetings in order to be informed of the matters that are important to St. Petersburg,” Montanari wrote.

Montanari made public his latest health issue during a City Council meeting Thursday. During a presentation from the American Heart Association Montanari thanked volunteers for their efforts and encouraged residents to be pro-active with their health. Prior to his heart issues, Montanari said he was running 2.5 miles each day completely unaware of a problem.

“I will be back in my office in a few months, and look forward to joining you as soon as possible to help make St Petersburg a better city for our current and future residents,” Montanari concluded.

Here is Montanari’s full letter to Council:

Dear City Council Chair Foster and Members of City Council,

I want to inform you that yesterday I was advised by my doctors that I will need to have surgery to repair a valve in my heart. My surgery has been scheduled for February 23rd, and the recovery time will last a few months.

Because of the significance of the operation, I will not be able to attend City Council meetings, or participate in any public events. Our city has been blessed with a great staff, and I have insured that the issues that need to be addressed in my absence will be covered.

During my recovery, I will monitor all city council meetings in order to be informed of the matters that are important to St. Petersburg.

I will be back in my office in a few months, and look forward to joining you as soon as possible to help make St Petersburg a better city for our current and future residents.

Very truly yours,

Ed Montanari, District 3

St Petersburg City Council

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