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Date of Issue: August 11, 2005

No 'mo 'flo

Florence, Ky., city council member Melodie Merrell, who made headlines locally when she nearly got the boot from the June 14 Holmes Beach city commission meeting, has resigned from the Florence City Council.

According to the July 28 issue of the Kentucky Enquirer, Merrell resigned due to "continuing personal problems."

Although Merrell was in her fourth term as a council member, she had attended only four of the 18 council meetings since her election last November.

While she may have bypassed a few Florence meetings, she didn't miss the Holmes Beach meeting June 14, when her actions prompted Commissioner Roger Lutz to suggest that the police be called to show her the door. Merrell, who owns a condominium on Perico Island, had chastised the commission for allowing Mayor Carol Whitmore to speak on issues when she has no vote on the commission.

The Enquirer said Merrell has been spending most of her time in Florida.

Efforts to reach Merrell for comment were unsuccessful.