The county has filed their answer to the Amended Complaint filed by Diane’s attorney. The entire answer can be seen below, but the really interesting claim made by the county is on page 12 in the Tenth Affirmative Defense where they state to the court:
“There is and was no legal requirement for the County to take a vote of or ballot the property owners within the Gulf Harbors/Flor-a-Mar community to approve the purchase price to acquire the golf course property and/or to approve the creation of the MSBU. Any vote or balloting taken was, at best, advisory to the County, and there exists no law requiring the County to abide by such vote or balloting or consider such a vote or balloting in any way.”
Do you all remember the letter sent to the property owners that stated that a positive 50% vote was REQUIRED for the county to buy the property and create the MSBU? And what about the numerous documents from the county, including posts on the county website, that also stated that they would not buy the property unless 50% voted in favor. So now the county is stating in court documents that the vote did not count.
The entire answer filed by the County is below:2018-03-23 – PC’s Answer And Affirmative Defenses