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Here’s The Scoop….#11

6/24/08

DID THEY BLINK?…..

The Town Attorney’s report was once again moved up on the agenda…requested by the Vice Mayor…(is this becoming a habit?)….in order to make sure those out there in TV land…or online …were wide awake to hear the ongoing saga of The Vice Mayor VS The Future’s Editors….

BCbythesea…the live audience in Jarvis Hall was sparse to begin with….

So here you have it…right after the Town Manager’s report…the results…from the directed by the Commission….Town Attorney’s letter to the Futures…

Which included the following….

the Florida Statute 770.20….www.flsenate.gov

which asks for a full and fair correction,apology or retraction of defamatory statements…should appear in addition to a News Alert on the front page of your publication…..

BCbythesea…….anyone who left their TV on between the pre and regular commission meeting got the “heads up” by hearing the Vice Mayor telling Comm. Silverstone as he read it (the Future response letter)…on the dais…. they (the Future) were going to “publish” a “retraction”…..

The Town Attorney read the response from the Future’s legal counsel…… Attorney Dana J. McElroy of Gordon Hargrove and James…www.ghj.com

‘The Publisher carefully reviewed the letter (from the Town Atty.) with the Fl. Statue….770.20….

Although the News Alert published to online readers May22,2008 was published in good faith on information from credible sources the Publisher will publish a “Correction and Update” to online readers as the same fashion as the May 22,2008 News Alert originally was published . Additionally the Publisher will agree to publish a signed letter to the Editor from Mr McIntee or his designee responding to the May 22,2008 News Alert on the front page of the printed newspaper.’

‘As with all letters to the Editor the Publisher would reserve the right to edit defamatory and other inappropriate content and for length if necessary.’

The Vice Mayor….” I’m going to wait and see what the News Alert “retraction” looks like ….Clearly exonerates me completely and establishes that paper’s telling a bunch of lies.”

BCbythesea…..check out the previous Scoop with the Futures…”Correction and Update” as they said they would publish online… in the response letter to the Town Attorney….above….and see the definitions of “correction”/ “retraction” ………

The Vice Mayor…continued…”I hope we all learned a lesson here.”

“I’m not going to give up my rights for recovery, but I will no longer ask the Town to support an attorney to prosecute that recovery. The Town has done their fair share for me.”

He went on to say he would have to see the “retraction”….and as far as a letter to the paper….he would consult with his legal counsel….

“Under no circumstances is this over until I see their responses.”…..

BCbythesea….Called it correctly in a previous post…that the Futures would answer in the same venue as originally sent out the accusations….online with an email…..

BCbythesea….Called it correctly that those accusations were never made in the printed version of the paper…despite the Vice Mayor’s assertions and displaying of the paper on the dais…. when addressing them….which in turn had the rest of the Commission following suit…. causing confusion to those listening….

BCbythesea….FINAL THOUGHT…..

Is it over?…..

Only one way to know for sure……

If the Vice Mayor does or does not ask to move the Town Attorney Report up on the agenda …..yet again….at the July 8th Regular Commission meeting…..

Taking bets anyone?………….

more to come……

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