Yvone Yolie Capin wants to set the record straight: she's not missing Thursday's high-profile meetings because she wants to avoid a tough vote.
Capin contacted the Tampa Bay Times Monday to say that her absence from the council's Aug. 23 meeting had been misdiagnosed. What she thought had been an allergic reaction to a perfume had turned out to be shingles.
She's getting treatment for the often painful condition, but won't be able to make Thursday's long day.
In the morning, council members will weigh in on a decades-long political lightning rod, a rewrite of the city's tree ordinance.
That night they'll consider a controversial request to rezone and allow alcohol sales at the historic Stovall House in South Tampa, which developer Blake Casper has proposed be revamped to become a private club with five rooms for overnight guests.
"I'm not trying to avoid anything," Capin said.
The term-limited Capin, who holds the citywide District 3 seat, said she hopes to return to work soon.