Let's get a few things straight here. First of all, Strider, there is no General "Council." The city's attorneys are the General Counsel and her assistants. The legislative body of the city is the City Council. Got it?
Second point, Ernest Street, although you like TOTAL ANONYMITY on this board, you criticize the same of the owners of the properties to which your comments are directed. What happened to "good for the goose, good for the gander"? Besides, you can probably find out who the owners are with a little nosing around SunBiz and the Property Appraiser's and the Clerk of Court's websites. And BTW, not all residents of the beaches are the rich folks you imply they are, so relax your biases a little.
She Clown, you won't get an argument from me about $300 for a small mowing job, but the City pays the contractor the $300, not $35, because the contractor was the low/only bidder for the job. If it collects $300 from the owner, there is no profit other than maybe some interest - if you call that profit.