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How Neal’s Local Corrupt Political Gang Elects A Sheriff, A School Board Member and Two County Commissioners.

How Neal’s Local Corrupt Political Gang Elects A Sheriff,  A School Board Member and Two County Commissioners. By Jon Susce Once again as another political cycle emerges in Sarasota, the GODFATHER of a corrupt local political system, Pat Neal is being joined by a select few of his fellow multi-million dollar developers setting about to elect their handpicked local political hacks to insure that Sarasota County continues their lucrative “pay to play” scams.  SEE  ATTACHMENTS  #1 and#2  A CLUELESS INEPT LOCAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY In addition, once again the local Democratic Party facilitates this corrupt local political system by failing to have any legitimate candidates running against the handpicked political hacks of Neal and his cronies. As local

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Patterson attempts to Defend Nora Patterson, Rodriguez, Benderson Conspiracy

JOHN PATTERSON ATTEMPTS TO DEFEND NORA PATTERSON, RODRIGUEZ, BENDERSON CONSPIRACY Morgan Bentley has called attorney, John Patterson to testify as an “expert witness” in a legal manner concerning  a civil trial in which Nora Patterson (who just happens to be the wife of John Patterson) played a significant role. Bentley was the attorney for Henry Rodriguez in a recent trial wherein a six member, local jury found Rodriguez and Randy Benderson had conspired with former Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Patterson and other Sarasota County officials to defraud Hugh Culverhouse Jr.” As Jeremy Wallace of the Sarasota Herald Tribune reported, “A pair of Southwest Florida’s most prominent developers (Randy Benderson and

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Corrupt Sarasota Co. Government heads to Lakeland Courtroom

CULVERHOUSE LAWSUIT EXPOSING CORRUPT SARASOTA COUNTY GOVERNMENT HEADS TO LAKELAND COURTROOM PART I BY JON SUSCE On March 15, 2015 a six member jury, who for two weeks took meticulous notes and engaged in two days of deliberation, came in with a verdict that Randy Benderson and Henry Rodriguez conspired with former Sarasota County Administrator Jim Ley and various Sarasota County Commissioners, led by former Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Patterson to defraud Hugh Culverhouse, Jr. concerning a land deal in Osprey called the EEZ Project. As the Sarasota Herald Tribune reported, “A pair of Southwest Florida’s most prominent developers (Randy Benderson and Henry Rodriguez) used backroom political deals with elected

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Part II Law Enforcement Sleeps/Co. Corruption is Institutionalized

AS LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT SLEEPS SARASOTA COUNTY CORRUPTION WAS AND IS INSTITUTIONALIZED PART II [To View Part I Click Here] By Jon Susce DOCUMENTED ILLEGALITIES IGNORED AS STATUTES OF LIMITATIONS RUN OUT What is a prime example of an organized criminal enterprise that resembles a Mafia type operation—directed by a Godfather type figure, Pat Neal and his cronies—and how LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT SLEEPS WHILE SARASOTA COUNTY CORRUPTION WAS AND IS INSTITUTIONALIZED;  is illustrated by the financial wheeling and dealings of local attorney John Patterson and his wife, former County Commissioner Nora Patterson. STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS RUNS OUT ON PATTERSON’S For example, as Sarasota County officials and local law enforcement, including the local F.B.I., have in the past sat back doing

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Law Enforcement Sleeps/Co. Corruption is Institutionalized

PART I AS LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT SLEEPS SARASOTA COUNTY CORRUPTION WAS AND IS INSTITUTIONALIZED By JON SUSCE As the Godfather of a corrupt Sarasota County government, Pat Neal along with his cronies— Rex Jensen, Carlos Beruff, Randy Benderson and James Gabbert— joined by a collection of contractors like David Sessions, Jon Swift and John Cox; and topped off by various rainmaker land use attorneys like Michael Furen, Dan Bailey and David Merrill III, altogether have made millions corrupting the political process in Sarasota. Meanwhile, under the direction of Sarasota County Administrator Jim Ley and the Sarasota County Commission, local law enforcement agencies, including the local F.B.I office, buried their heads in the sand. After

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Eric Robinson Part II

ERIC ROBINSON HAS BECOME THE BAGMAN FOR THOSE CORRUPTING THE FLORIDA POLITICAL PROCESS PART II HOW ROBINSON FUNNELS PAC MONEY (CLICK HERE TO VIEW FOR PART I ) By Jon Susce Sarasota County School Board candidate, Eric Robinson’s involvement in the Volusia County political campaign in 2014 shows how Sarasota/Manatee based multi-million dollar developers are not only corrupting the local Sarasota/Manatee political system, but also areas like Volusia and other Florida counties by funneling money from various Robinson PAC’s that Robinson puts together.   For example, according to an article that appeared in the Daytona News Journal during the 2014 election cycle titled, “SARASOTA PAC TAKES ON VOLUSIA COUNTY COUNCIL CANDIDATE,” it was

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Eric Robinson – FL. Corrupt Political Process

ERIC ROBINSON HAS BECOME THE BAGMAN FOR THOSE CORRUPTING THE FLORIDA POLITICAL PROCESS PART I THE JACKSONVILLE SARASOTA CONNECTION By Jon Susce Ever since Eric Robinson arrived in Sarasota from Miami twelve years ago, with his wife, current Sarasota  County Commissioner Christine Robinson; Eric along with two other political operatives, Bob Waechter and Mac Stevenson have put together a political machine with the tacit approval of the Godfather of the corrupt Sarasota/Manatee political system, multi-million dollar developer,  Pat Neal. Robinson’s role in this political machine is to move hundreds of thousands of dollars dark money from over 50 Political Action Committees (PAC’s) that he manages into the political campaigns of

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Blackketter Has to Go

DESPITE BEING A DOCUMENTED BENDERSON “GANGSTER” BLACKKETTER REMAINS HEAD OF BENDERSON’S $70 MILLION  ROWING PARK SCAM PART I By Jon Susce Despite attempts by Kelly Thomas, to whitewash a pattern of abusive out of control-behavior by Paul Blackketter, President of Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associated, Inc. (SANCA) which manages the $70 million Public/Private Benderson rowing facility, Blackketter HAS TO GO. The Thomas investigation of Blackketter, who was handpicked by Randy Benderson to manage his $70 million Public/Private rowing park scam, was initiated when Blackketter was recently caught on a video clearly acting out as a completely out of control, enraged individual, verbally abusing a fellow employee, Michael DePriest with the

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Does Benderson’s Testimony & Legal Documents Result in Serious Legal Issues?

DOES BENDERSONS TESTIMONY & LEGAL DOCUMENTS  RESULT IN SERIOUS LEGAL ISSUES FOR BENDERSON ? A lawsuit which started out as seeking a settlement of a dispute concerning a development called the EEZ Project in Osprey, that Hugh Culverhouse Jr. alleged and a six member jury agreed upon by issuing a unanimous decision that awarded Culverhouse over $20 million that Randy Benderson, Henry Rodriguez and various other Sarasota County officials, including former Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Patterson and former Sarasota County Administrator Jim Ley, had fraudulently conspired against him, has now expanded. Not only have the inner workings of a corrupt Sarasota County Government under Ley been exposed under oath, but also the inner workings of

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Blackketter gets investigated by Ex FBI

BLACKKETTER INVESTIGATION NEEDS TO BE EXPANDED BEYOND BACKKETTER’S ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR By Jon Susce EX FBI AGENT TO INVESTIGATE BLACKKETTER INCIDENT At a recent meeting of the Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates (SANCA) Board of Directors it was decided on the recommendation of Ron Shapo to hire former FBI agent and attorney,  Kelly Thomas to conduct an in-depth investigation of former Benderson Development Project Director (now President of SANCA), Paul Blackketter for verbally abusing in a violent manner, another Benderson employee, Michael DePriest. Under Blackketter’s direction, SANCA manages the Nathan Benderson rowing facility.  Blackketter is also Benderson’s point man in directing operations for the scheduled 2017 international rowing event and all other events at the

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Major Urban Sprawl Put on Hold

BENDERSONVILLE MAJOR URBAN SPRAWL PUT ON HOLD By Jon Susce Randy Benderson’s attempt to bring more of his hometown (Buffalo) urban sprawl to Sarasota took a setback when over 25 individuals representing 20 neighborhoods and over 3,400 residents came before the Sarasota County Commission on 10/28/15 objecting to Benderson’s latest proposal aimed at turning Sarasota into Bendersonville. Fortunately, despite the Sarasota County Commission’s sale of the  publicly owned 42 acres to Benderson Development for a bargain-basement price, Benderson’s plans to build a trucking distribution center on the former public land was thwarted for the time being.  The Browardization of Sarasota County (aka Bendersonville) has hit a roadblock. The last thing residents in the

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Part IV Benderson Rowing Park Story

DOCUMENTED EXAMPLES OF NEFARIOUS WHEELING AND DEALINGS AT RANDY BENDERSON’S ROWING PARK PART IV By Jon Susce THE RANDY BENDERSON $70 MILLION ROWING PROJECT SMELLS LIKE “THREE DAY OLD GARBAGE” AS IT DID IN 2011 Starting back in 2011 The Sarasota Phoenix has been writing numerous articles concerning a project that started out as the $2 million proposed Nathan Benderson rowing park, and has now turned into the $70 million Randy Benderson rowing park scam, which local neighborhood activist Alice White described in 2011 as smelling like “three day old garbage.” Since 2011, The Sarasota Phoenix has documented numerous examples illustrating that the Randy Benderson rowing park project continues to smell

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Part III Multi-Million $ Corporate Welfare Scam

Documented Examples Of Nefarious Wheeling And    Dealing At Randy Benderson’s Rowing Park      Part III     By Jon Susce The Randy Benderson Rowing Facility Continues To Be A Multi-Million Dollar  Corporate Welfare Scam As recently as January 2009 when Randy Benderson was awarded a no bid contract to build and manage his rowing facility, an estimate of only about $2 million was being tossed around to create a public/private partnership between Sarasota County and Randy Benderson to build this facility. Today the Benderson rowing facility will cost an incredible estimated $70 million to complete. Most importantly, what needs to be remembered today, as the cost of Benderson rowing park escalates and millions more are

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Part II Blackketter Exemplifies Inept Benderson Organization

Documented Examples Of Nefarious Wheeling And Dealings At Randy Benderson’s Rowing Park Part II By Jon Susce Blackketter Exemplifies An Inept Benderson Development Organization With the recent publicly released video of Paul Blackketter, who is a long time project manager of various Randy Benderson projects and designated by Benderson to receive a publicly funded annual salary of $150,000 as President of Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates (SANCA), to be the face of Benderson’s rowing park operation and behaving like a drunken sailor is unacceptable.  It’s also has become unacceptable that Blackketter is spending public money at the publicly funded Benderson rowing park like a drunken sailor. Blackketter’s Managerial Skills A

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Documented Examples of Nefarious Wheeling And Dealing At Benderson’s Rowing Park

Documented Examples Of Nefarious Wheeling And Dealing At Randy Benderson’s Rowing Park By Jon Susce Part I Blackketter Out Of Control, Abusive Behavior Is Not An Isolated Incident And Is Another Example Of Outrageous Behavior By Benderson Project Managers Recent revelations caught on a video of longtime Randy Benderson Project Director, Paul Blackketter clearly depict a completely out of control, enraged Blackketter verbally abusing a fellow employee with the most foul, disgusting and repulsive language—and this is not an isolated incident . Benderson Project Managers Have Behavioral Issues In addition, Blackketter’s abusive behavior together with reports of another Benderson Project Manager, Michael DePriest allegedly stalking a woman for years at the

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Neal’s Involvement In Selecting Local Judges Has To End

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Neal’s Involement In Selecting Local Judges Has To End By Jon Susce The recent announcement by the local 12th Judicial nominating committee of the finalist to succeed retiring Judge Peter Dubensky would be comical if it were not so outrageous.  It’s a prime example of why multi-million dollar developer, Pat Neal has to be removed from his position on the 12th Judicial Circuit nominating committee. For example, two of the finalists that Neal and his cronies have sent along as nominees to Governor Rick Scott are nothing more than the recipients of rewards given to those who do the bidding of the local Don Corleone figure, Pat Neal. Two of

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Sarasota County “Pay to Play” Agenda

Sarasota County Politicians Corrupt “Pay To Play” Agenda By Jon Susce Part I Sarasota County Commission & Villages Of Manasota Beach Development      Recently AD Morgan Construction Company was approved by a Sarasota County School Board selection team to be awarded the $121 million dollar contract to build the technical High School in North Port, FL.  Nevertheless, Sarasota County Superintendent of  Schools,  Lori White recommended, and the Sarasota County School Board voted 4-1, to award the contract to Willis Smith Construction Company, despite the fact That the AD Morgan Construction came in with a bid at $4 million less. CEO of AD Morgan, Rebecca Smith called the decision a

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Neal Godfather of Sara/Mana Political Organzation

Pat Neal The Godfather of Sarasota/Manatee Political Organazation Part I Pat Neal attempts to portray himself as a smooth, smiling, squeaky-clean local developer, and makes every effort to stay free of any type of scandal. Neal also attempts to operate behind the scenes controlling the political process by using numerous, reprehensible political operatives to fraudulently finance and manage the campaigns of his handpicked candidates for local political offices. Unfortunately, for Neal his attempts to portray himself in the above fashion are beginning to unravel. Nefarious Type Operations Neal is essentially the Godfather of a local political organization that controls every aspect of political activity, including law enforcement officials, judges, county commissioners

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Patterson and Detert

Patterson And Detert Future Political Plans Exemplify A Corrupt Political Process In Sarasota Part I  By Jon Susce If ever there was another example of the corrupt political process in Sarasota, it is the future political plans of Nora Patterson and Nancy Detert to run for political office in 2016.  For example, the 70 year old Patterson is planning on extending her 24 year career for another six years as a political “hack” by running for the Florida Senate, and the 71 year old Detert is planning on extending her public sector checks for another eight years as a Sarasota County Commissioner .SEE( ATTACHMENT NO. 1) The reason I mention 6

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Time for Randy Benderson to Fulfill Promise to Provide Affordable Housing

It’s Time For Randy Benderson To Fulfill Promise To Provide Affordable Workforce Housing In Sarasota By Jon Susce 8/12/2015   In 2007, Randy Benderson commited to a New Urbanist, pedestrian-focused design, centered around his 306 million dollar University Town Center Mall. The 2007 agreement that Sarasota County made with Benderson required Benderson to have constructed the first 110 affordably priced homes by the time he had finished construction on the first 350,000 square feet of the University Town Center. To win approval for the project, Benderson agreed to price 25% of his homes at a cost affordable to an average wage earner. The original plans also called for at least

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