Montanari needs heart surgery, will miss a few months of City Council
Ed Montanari announced Thursday that he is scheduled for heart surgery later this month, which will remove him from City Council duties for until the spring.
The newly-minted council member was elected without an opponent to replace term-limited Bill Dudley in January.
An airline pilot, Montanari recently learned he needed surgery to repair a heart valve. The Feb. 23 surgery will be performed at the Cleveland Clinic.
"During my recovery, I will monitor all City Council meetings in order to stay informed of those matters that are important to St. Petersburg. I will be back in the 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 wrote in a statement.