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Steve McFarlin: St. Pete Beach pays, but ‘rampant litigation’ far from over

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The City of St. Pete Beach recently paid nearly $500,000 to settle one of many lawsuits brought by Ken Weiss and Tim Weber in their quest to halt development on the barrier island. City officials believed the payout would finally help put an end to the rampant litigation that has plagued St. Pete Beach for nearly a decade. There’s one problem – even after the payment, the lawsuit is far from settled. The city’s attorney did not obtain a judge’s…

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St. Pete Beach sues its own lawyers for bad counsel on Sunshine Laws

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[UPDATE 11.09 with comment from Bryant Miller Olive representitive.] After it was sued by a resident in 2011, the City of St. Pete Beach is suing its lawyers for providing negligent legal counsel. When the city hired the Bryant Miller Olive law firm, it was under the impression they were specialists on Florida Sunshine Law. Under the supervision of Susan Churuti, Michael Davis and Suzanne Van Wyk, city commissioners held several so-called “shade meetings,” which were assumed to be exempt from Sunshine…

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FSU names Randy Hanna interim Dean of College of Applied Studies at Panama City campus

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Randy Hanna, the former chancellor of the Florida College System, has been named interim dean of Florida State University’s Panama City campus and the College of Applied Studies. Hanna, who has a law degree from FSU and doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, will replace Carol Edwards, who is joining the faculty of the FSU College of Fine Arts, on Aug. 1. Hanna, who currently serves as a research faculty member at FSU’s Learning Systems Institute, was appointed by Sally…

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Bryant Miller Olive appeals $50 fine — and loses

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The Bryant Miller Olive law firm lost its appeal of a $50 fine for late-filing one of its lobbying compensation reports. The Florida Commission on Ethics made its decision to enforce the penalty at a Friday meeting. Commissioners, though, were split on whether to waive the fine. Some wondered why the firm was fighting a one-day fine; others asked why commission staff bothered to pursue it. It wasn’t contested, however, that the firm was one day late in turning in its…

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Bryant Miller Olive collects $145K in Q2 lobbying fees

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Bryant Miller Olive’s lobbying practice took in an estimated $145,000 between April 1 and June 30, according to recently submitted compensation reports. The firm’s Q2 ledger books are skewed toward executive agency lobbying, a rarity among Tallahassee governmental relations firms. Executive lobbying accounted for $95,000 last quarter, with the remaining $50,000 coming from work among Florida lawmakers. Falls Church, VA-based software firm Computer Sciences Corp. was by far and away BMO’s highest-paying client. The company tendered between $30,000-$39,999 for executive branch…

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