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11/22/2103

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DIVIDE TO CONQUER Then City Commission candidate Susan Chapman speaks at a campaign rally in April with former Mayor Mollie Cardamone standing next to her. Photo by Stan Zimmerman FORMER CITY MAYORS VOICE SUPPORT FOR CHAPMAN IN THE LATEST SUNSHINE SUIT By Stan Zimmerman City Editor A tactic used by the plaintiffs in the latest Sunshine lawsuit against the Sarasota City Commission appears to be working. When Citizens for Sunshine filed its complaint, it sued not only the City Commission as a body but also two commissioners individually. Chapman told the City Commission on Nov. 18 that "both letters were rejected." Chapman then received an emergency injunction and was served with a set of "interrogatories." That was followed with a request to set a schedule for depositions in We elect you to conduct the business the case. Commissioners Suz– of the city. One of your obligations to us a n n e A t w e l l a n d is to protect each other. You must provide Susan Chapman were legal coverage for each other. named personally as Mollie Cardamone defendants. They both Former Mayor City of Sarasota received the same notification letter, and Atwell instead received an offer to settle the case, which she accepted. In other words, while lawyers for Citizens for

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