City of St. Pete seeking $16,152 from Kathleen Ford related to her failed, Pier-related court case

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The city of Saint Petersburg is seeking $16,152 from local attorney and mayoral candidate Kathleen Ford for court costs relating to her failed, Pier-related lawsuit.

The motion, filed by assistant city attorney Joseph Patner, said because Ford brought the suit against the city and lost, “the defendant is entitled to the recovery costs as the prevailing party. Wherefore, the defendant city of St. Petersburg moves for costs against the plaintiff.”

Ford filed suit in August 2012 on behalf of VoteOnThePier petition signees after city council voted not to go forward with a public referendum regarding the future of the St. Petersburg Pier. 

After a failed mediation process, Judge Jack Day sided with the city in the lawsuit in April.

“This lack of connection to the charter is the most serious problem with the form of the petition. It is a fatal defect,” Day wrote in the ruling.

Day released his ruling on April 5 in the case of Ford and five St. Pete residents vs. the city of St. Petersburg.

Via William Mansell of Patch.

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