Sarasota News Leader

07/18/2014

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Siesta Seen A trial date has been set in the Code Enforcement officer battery case involv- ing Siesta resident Craig Siegel, I learned this week. Sarasota County Clerk of Court records show a jury trial has been scheduled for 9 a.m. on Oct. 27 before 12th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Frederick P. Mercurio. Siegel pleaded "not guilty" on May 6 to a charge of throwing a bucket of urine on county Code Enforcement Officer James S. Holderby on April 28. Holderby had stopped at Siegel's Sandy Cove Avenue property to check on Siegel's prog- ress in cleaning up debris around the house, according to county records. On June 3, a related Criminal Mischief charge against Siegel, a misdemeanor, was dropped. Dan Yuter, the assistant state attorney assigned to the case, told me on July 15 that the charge was dismissed primarily because it would be harder to prove that Holderby's shirt was damaged beyond any further use. The Sheriff's Office deputy who arrested A TRIAL DATE IS SET IN THE CRAIG SIEGEL CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER BATTERY CASE; COUNTY STAFF IS CONTINUING TO WORK WITH GULF AND BAY MANAGEMENT OVER ISSUES RELATED TO THE STORMWATER PROJECT; AND SIESTA KEY REMAINS AT THE TOP IN TOURIST TAX REVENUE COLLECTIONS By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Craig Siegel listens to Code Enforcement Special Magistrate proceedings on May 23 in Sarasota. File photo

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