Monday, August 10, 2009

OMG 19,400 Results!

This written by an Attorney, wonder how many results he would get if he added in Deerfield Beach Commission:

I found of interest the Florida Times-Union’s reporting on former St. Johns County Commission Chairman Thomas G. Manuel’s guilty plea to a $10,000 bribe from a developer and his admitting to taking another $50,000, all to influence his big land use decisions.

It is also interesting to see that there are fully 19,400 results if you Google the words, “Florida ‘County Commissioner’ indictment” in the Internet search engine.

Apparently this is not an unusual event. In fact it has been going on for years, all over Florida. At one point, a majority of the Hillsborough County Commission (in the Tampa area) was indicted for developer bribes.

If so many County Commissioners in our state get caught and indicted for illegal bribery by developers, it’s not hard to imagine how prolific the legal bribery is – the implicit trading of development favors for campaign contributions.

On the 2010 ballot, voters will have a chance to pass Amendment 4 to the state Constitution, the Florida Hometown Democracy amendment, to require voter approval of Comprehensive Plan amendments

Seems to me we need that safeguard of citizens voting on the biggest land use decisions, after they pass a Commission vote.

It’s pretty hard to bribe that many people.
-- Dan Lobeck
Attorney

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