TAMPA — Tampa City Councilwoman Yvonne Yolie Capin last week invoked a rule allowing members to participate in meetings by phone after revealing from the dais that her husband, Juan, is being treated for cancer.
“It has taken a fast and downward trajectory regarding his mobility and breathing,” Capin said. “Therefore, it may be difficult for me to be present for all meetings.”
Capin said her husband’s health problems began as a medical emergency Aug. 8. Since then it has become “a chronic family issue,” she said.
Capin was unavailable Tuesday. Her staff at Old City Hall said she and her husband were at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center all day.
Council members passed an ordinance in 2011 allowing participation by phone in response to health problems that kept Chairman Charlie Miranda from attending council meetings for two months.
A frail-looking Miranda left his sickbed Oct. 6, 2011, to cast what was presumed to be a tie-breaking vote on a panhandling ban. Miranda had asked to be allowed to vote by phone, but that was challenged by Councilwoman Mary Mulhern, who was presiding over the council in Miranda’s absence. The panhandling ban passed 6-1, with Mulhern casting the lone vote against it.