May 2016: The Manatee County Commission rejected Commissioner Robin DiSabatino's request for reimbursement of her legal bills arising out of a case accusing her of violating the state's Public Records Law, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported. DiSabatino defended herself in a three-yearlong battle against Michael Barfield, a paralegal with Citizens For Sunshine. Her legal fees exceeded $30,000, including $6,500 she paid to settle the lawsuit. County attorneys did not defend her because the records at issue had been stored on DiSabatino's personal computer. Please see the May 2016 of the Brechner Report for more information.
May 2016: State law enforcement agents raided DeBary City Hall, taking more than 37,000 emails sent and received by the city manger, who has been accused of violating the state's Sunshine Law, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported. The warrant asked for emails related to controversial dealings between the city and the St. Johns River Water Management District for a development project in conservation land near the city's Sunrail station. DeBary City Manager Dan Parrott may have violated the Sunshine Law when he sent an email to four out of five council members, seeking feedback on a letter drafted to the water district's executive director, Ann Shortelle. For more details, please see the May 2016 edition of the Brechner Report.