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Judge says Madeira Beach City Commission violated Sunshine Law with Housh Ghovaee appointment

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A circuit court judge ruled Tuesday that the Madeira Beach City Commission violated public records laws when it appointed Housh Ghovaee to an open seat. Sixth Judicial Circuit Judge Jack Day said in his decision that the commission violated the Sunshine Law when it filled the vacancy and added that “the appointment of Housh Ghovaee as District 4 commissioner is void ab initio.” The decision leaves the city without a vice mayor, and comes one week before an election to…

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Mites, scabies only the latest trouble in Oldsmar motel’s sordid history

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A Pinellas County motel with a sordid history is now being accused of offering guests an unwelcome amenity — scabies. Rhonda Baxter and Alex Rodriguez were guests at the Bayview Motel on 501 S. Bayview Blvd. in Oldsmar; Baxter visited in December 2014, Rodriguez in May 2015. In two separate lawsuits filed earlier this month in Pinellas County’s 6th Judicial Circuit Court, each claim bedrooms they stayed in were infested with mites causing scabies, a skin condition. Both say mites…

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13 years after losing contentious race, Declan Mansfield appointed to the bench

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More than a decade after losing a judicial campaign to an opponent who would later be removed from office, Declan Mansfield has been appointed to the 6th Judicial Circuit Court bench. Gov. Rick Scott announced the appointment Friday afternoon. In 2003, Mansfield lost a contentious race to John Renke III, the politically connected son of a former state House member who spent nearly $100,000 on his campaign. Based on career experience and qualifications, Mansfield was the superior candidate (I offer that analysis…

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