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$250 per day as a lien on the property, "based on the nature of the violation and that no good faith efforts to achieve compliance have been taken," Osterhoudt continued in his email. However, because the April 16 order called for a status hearing on June 20 — which was continued until July 18 — Zack did not impose a penalty, Osterhoudt added. Instead, Zack scheduled a Penalty Hearing for Aug. 15 in South County. According to a June 20 email from Osterhoudt to the County Commission, one of the prop- erty owners, Paul S. Maurer of Cape Coral, had filed a motion asking for the continuance of the case to July 18 because he would be unable to attend the session on June 20. The Sarasota News Leader was unable to reach Maurer for comment. Although the April 16 Special Magistrate order listed attorney Robert Lincoln of Icard Merrill in Sarasota as Maurer's representative, a spokeswoman for the firm told the News Leader on July 31 that Lincoln no longer represents Maurer. The April 16 order identifies all the owners as Paul Maurer and his wife, Lori A. Maurer; and Edward S. Maurer and his wife, Marguerite L. Maurer. Osterhoudt told the News Leader on July 30 that he had heard no update on the case since July 18. "We are on for that Penalty Hearing set in August," he said. The Feb. 22 incident first was reported to county commissioners in emails from M a n a s o t a K e y r e s i d e n t s . B o a r d Vi c e Chairwoman Christine Robinson copied staff The mangrove destruction is depicted in another photo taken by county staff on Feb. 22. Photo courtesy Sarasota County Sarasota News Leader August 1, 2014 Page 44

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