Sarasota News Leader

11/15/2013

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ANOTHER SUNSHINE SUIT BREWING? People stroll by the Crab & Fin restaurant on St. Armands Circle. Members of the Downtown Improvement District and St. Armands Business Improvement District boards have talked of trying to restrict the number of restaurants in certain areas of the city. File photo ST. ARMANDS BUSINESS DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS MAY BE THE FOCUS OF LEGAL ACTION OVER USE OF PERSONAL EMAIL ON BID BUSINESS By Stan Zimmerman City Editor In an eerie repeat of the $8,000 Sunshine law- two members mentioning at a meeting that suit settlement against two members of the they were using their personal computers to Sarasota Downtown Improvement District send email about city businesses. board, the St. Armands Business Improvement District (BID) board has been asked to furnish Michael Barfield, Mogensen's paralegal, is the "any email containing the words 'restau- legal consultant for the Sarasota chapter of the rant,' 'retail,' 'Diana Corrigan,' 'Bob Gibbs' or American Civil Liberties Union; Mogensen is 'BID,'" said the orgaa member of the chapnization's chairman, ter's board. Mogensen Marty Rappaport. I don't need this after 22 years of a l s o h a s r e p r e - volunteering for the city. You are totally The DID was sued last at risk. This is easy money. year by Sarasota attorney Andrea Mogensen Marty Rappaport Chairman after The Sarasota Business Improvement District News Leader reported sented the nonprofit group Citizens for Sunshine on government-in-the-Sunshine lawsuits.

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