Gabbert’s “Pay to Play” Scam to Recycle Industrial Waste at Celery Fields

GABBERT’S “PAY TO PLAY” SCAM TO RECYCLE
INDUSTRIAL WASTE AT CELERY FIELDS

Over the past years there has been a disturbing fraudulent “Pay to Play” system undermining in a deceitful manner, Sarasota County Government. Now this subversive process is being implemented, once again, by James Gabbert in proposing to build a recycling facility next to the Celery Fields.
“PAY TO PLAY/STEALING IN THE SUNSHINE”

“Pay to Play” and “Stealing in the Sunshine” works like this: If you are a member of the “good ol’ boy” network, which controls Sarasota County government, and you contribute substantially to the political campaigns of the members of the Sarasota County Commission, then you get to have your multimillion dollar projects approved. SEE ATTACHMENT #1

“GARBAGE IN GARBAGE OUT”
If the multi-millionaire developer, Gabbert gets his way, using the deceitful “Pay to Play” scheme described below, and receives the go-ahead from the Sarasota County Commission to purchase a parcel of county-owned land, next to the pristine Celery Fields off Fruitville Road, to be used essentially to recycle industrial waste; both the Gabbert project and the Sarasota County Commission will have served to perpetuate the stench of “garbage in and garbage out.”
GABBERT’S “PAY TO PLAY” SCAM MOVING FORWARD
Already the process is moving forward as Gabbert’s waste transfer facility, adjacent to the parcel owned by the county, has received the OK from the Sarasota County Commission.  Gabbert is now seeking land owned by Sarasota County, next to the Celery Fields location to expand the footprint for recycling industrial trash.

A decision to sell the property to Gabbert is expected to go in front of the Sarasota County Planning Commission and County Commissioners in the coming months.

NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENTS OPPOSE GABBERT PROJECT
More than two hundred people recently packed a meeting to protest Gabbert’s request to make 16 acres of land at the Celery Fields into a recycling center.

Jeri Rosenthal, a wife and mother of three children, who lives near the sight, is one of many folks strongly opposed to these plans. “Our concerns are about the noise, the smell, the traffic and also how it’s going to affect the wildlife and the waterways of the Celery Fields.”

People who live near the Celery Fields say it’s a popular place where residents and tourists spend lots of time, especially for the nationally recognized bird watching.  Richard Hallock has started a petition to try and put a stop to the recycling center. He mentions environmental concerns among many other issues.

“The property values of the area are going to dramatically go down. I think we’re going to have a lot of extra traffic.”

GABBERT BACK IN BUSINESS PUSHING GARBAGE DUMPS
Gabbert is a retired Sarasota County firefighter and a past co-owner of Meyer & Gabbert Excavating Contractors, Inc., which is a recycling operation that employed over 100 people.  Gabbert became a multi-millionaire, when to his good fortune he sold this company in 2006 for millions of dollars, which he has invested in land tracts east of U.S. Interstate I-75.

After honoring his commitment to those who purchased his recycling enterprise, to stay out of recycling; he is back in business, once again, proposing to recycle trash, on a site bordering the Celery Fields.

At the recent Neighborhood Workshop, Gabbert’s (TST Ventures) proposed to put a recycling facility on a 16-acre site near the Celery Fields that would precipitate 100 trucks a day of additional traffic, and have 35-foot-high piles of construction materials visible behind 8-foot walls, waiting to be recycled.

ECO TOURIST SITE IMPACTED BY GABBERT’S PROJECT
Residents and other logical individuals believe there must be a better place for this project, one that is not so close to one of the great eco-tourist attractions in Sarasota County. People literally come from all over the world to see this Great Florida Birding Trail site, and this project with its noise and heavy truck traffic will have a huge impact on the viability of the Celery Fields to continue as a major eco-tourism attraction.  

Sarasota County and the Sarasota Audubon Society have already put sizable amounts of money in the Celery Fields site to create a very real tourist destination. This kind of heavy industrial activity next to Celery Fields will do great harm. This is obvious to anybody with a modicum of common sense.  So how is Gabbert expecting to get approval from the Sarasota County Commission, let alone even being considered?

HOW GABBERT WILL GAIN APPROVAL WITH HIS “PAY TO PLAY” SCAM
Gabbert will gain approval in the same way Carlos Beruff pulled off a residential housing project on a contaminated dump site (the heavily polluted Foxfire Golf Course) and other projects that had a majority of neighborhood residents up in arms. In the same way that Randy Benderson and Pat Neal and few other politically connected multimillionaire developers are able to gain approval from the Sarasota County Commission—it’s called “Pay to Play.”
CAMPAIGN FINANCE SUBVERSION

Although Gabbert has not been involved in the “Pay to Play” scams for as long as the more seasoned and experienced “Pay to Play” practitioners, who have been undermining the integrity of the political process in Sarasota, Gabbert has begun to use the tactics of his new found developer cronies. One such tactic, which among other nefarious schemes, subverts and overrides a Sarasota County finance ordinance that limits one $200 contribution per entity, per candidate. Case in point, in the Republican primary in August of 2014, Gabbert used the following LLC to funnel money into Sarasota County Commissioner Paul Caragiulo’s campaign:

FLYING FOX LEASING, LLC

GABBERT INVESTMENT GROUP, LLC

GABBERT, LLC

M & G CD DISPOSAL FACILITY, LLC

M & G INVESTMENT PROPERTIES, LLC

SARASOTA EQUITY PARTNERS, LLC

SIESTA HONEY, LLC

DESOTO RECYCLING & DISPOSAL, LLC

Gabbert then doubled up on Caragiulo in the final election in November of 2014, once again with his LLCs listed below:

FLYING FOX LEASING, LLC

GABBERT INVESTMENT GROUP, LLC

GABBERT, LLC

M & G CD DISPOSAL, LLC

SARASOTA EQUITY PARTNERS, LLC

SIESTA HONEY, LLC

M & G CD DISPOSAL FACILITY, LLC

M & G INVESTMENT PROPERTIES, LLC

In the Republican primary of 2016, Gabbert used his LLC to funnel money into Sarasota County Commissioner John Moran’s campaign and doubled up on Moran in the final election in November with his LLC’s listed below:
DESOTO RECYCLING & DISPOSAL, LLC
1250 Hidden Harbor Way
Sarasota, FL 34242
WASTE MANAGEMENTFLYING FOX LEASING, LLC
1250 Hidden Harbor Way
Sarasota, FL 34242
LEASING COMPANY

Lori Gabbert
1250 Hidden Harbor Way
Sarasota, FL 34242
REGISTERED NURSE

GABBERT INVESTMENT GROUP, LLC
1250 Hidden Harbor Way
Sarasota, FL 34242
INVESTMENTS

GABBERT, LLC
1250 Hidden Harbor Way
Sarasota, FL 34242
REAL ESTATE

Sharlene Hillier
6712 Pennsylvania Ave
Sarasota, FL 34243
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

INDIAN LAKES SRQ, INC
1250 Hidden Harbor Way
Sarasota, FL 34242
REAL ESTATE

M&G INVESTMENT PROPERTIES, LLC
1250 Hidden Harbor Way
Sarasota, FL 34242
INVESTMENTS

SARASOTA EQUITY PARTNERS, LLC
1250 Hidden Harbor Way
Sarasota, FL 34242
INVESTMENTS

SHEPS ISLAND RANCH
1250 Hidden Harbor Way
Sarasota, FL 34242
REAL ESTATETST VENTURES, LLC
1250 Hidden Harbor Way
Sarasota, FL 34242

FLYING FOX LEASING, LLC
1250 Hidden Harbor Way
Sarasota, FL 34242
LEASING COMPANY

James Gabbert
1250 Hidden Harbor Way
Sarasota, FL 34242
INVESTOR

GABBERT INVESTMENT GROUP, LLC
1250 Hidden Harbor Way
Sarasota, FL 34242
INVESTMENTS

GABBERT, LLC
1250 Hidden Harbor Way
Sarasota, FL 34242
REAL ESTATE

M&G CD DISPOSAL FACILITY, LLC
1250 Hidden Harbor Way
Sarasota, FL 34242
DISPOSAL FACILITY

SARASOTA EQUITY PARTNERS, LLC
1250 Hidden Harbor Way
Sarasota, FL 34242
INVESTMENTS

SHEPS ISLAND RANCH
1250 Hidden Harbor Way
Sarasota, FL 34242

SIESTA HONEY, LLC
1250 Hidden Harbor Way
Sarasota, FL 34242
REAL ESTATE

Gabbert used various controlled LLCs to funnel eleven, $200 contributions into Sarasota County Commissioner Al Maio’s campaign in 2014.

In addition, Gabbert joined Benderson and Neal in contributing $10,000 to Commissioner Christine Robinson’s husband, who managed the MAKING A BETTER TOMORROW PAC and other Robinson managed PAC’s, which together funnel hundreds of thousands of “Dark PAC Money” into the campaigns of various local and state wide politicians.

GABBERT MAKES MOCKERY OF CHARTER REVIEW BOARD HE SERVES
What makes Gabbert’s mockery of campaign finance regulations (which place a limit of $200 contributions per entity) even more disgraceful is that Gabbert, who was  appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the Sarasota County Charter Review, sits on the same Board that put the proposal to limit contributions to one, $200 contribution per entity, which Sarasota County voters approved.

By the way, Gabbert was handpicked for the Charter Review Board by the local notorious, convicted felon and political operative, Bob Waechter.

MEDRED IS GABBERT’S “PAY TO PLAY RAINMAKER”
AND WORKS THE SAME GIG
 FOR BERUFF
Robert “Bo” Medred of Genesis Planning and Development, who made the presentation for the Gabbert recycling project at a recent neighborhood workshop, is the paid “Pay to Play Rainmaker” for getting the county commission to allow Gabbert to recycle trash next to the Celery Fields.  “Bo” makes various other Gabbert project pitches to residents and local politicians, that eventually makes deals happen with local politicians.

For example, in addition to pushing Gabbert’s Celery Fields project, Medred hustled Gabbert’s multi-million dollar project in Englewood. Medred was also a “rainmaker” for Carlos Beruff’s Foxfire project built on a contaminated dump site and Beruff’s “Pay to Play/Stealing in the Sunshine” Gulf Gate Golf Course project.

Medred follows Gabbert’s campaign finance tactics promoting the “Pay to Play” script by funneling his campaign contributions to Sarasota County Commissioners. Not only did Medred contribute to Maio’s campaign and those of other Sarasota County Commissioners, “Bo” made the following statement on a Maio campaign brochure, distributed throughout Sarasota County during Maio’s county commission election campaign against Lourdes Ramirez:

“For the past 25 years that I have known Al, he has always involved himself in making Sarasota the special place that it is through service and volunteering on various civic and county advisory boards. It has been evident through that service that he cares about our community and people in it. I am supporting Al in his county commission race because of his longtime commitment to Sarasota County.”

In addition, there are various email exchanges involving Medred, Sarasota County officials, and the above mentioned convicted election fraud felon, Waechter in successfully lobbying Sarasota County officials.  Waechter, who is Medred’s mentor, was the individual caught on video in an illegal act attempting to destroy the political career of Maio’s opponent (Lourdes Ramirez) during her run for Sarasota County Commission.

EXAMPLES OF GABBERT’S FELLOW 
“GOOD OL’ BOYS” WHO “PAY TO PLAY”
The information listed below illustrates how members of this corrupt political machine circumvent the Sarasota County finance ordinances in criminalizing the local political system by buying Sarasota County Commissioners, thus implementing the “Pay to Play” system and “Stealing in the Sunshine” scams.

Carlos Beruff gave:

Commissioner Carolyn Mason, twenty four $200 contributions;
Commissioner Nora Patterson, thirteen $200 contributions; 
Commissioner Joe Barbetta, five $200 contributions;
Commissioner Paul Caragiulo, five $200 contributions;
Commissioner Christine Robinson, twenty four $200 contributions.
Commissioner Joe Barbetta, five $200 contributions;
Commissioner Nora Patterson six, $200 contributions and a $10,000 PAC contribution.

Henry Rodriguez gave:

Commissioner Carolyn Mason, six $200 contributions;
Commissioner Nora Patterson, five $200 contributions; 
Commissioner Joe Barbetta, five $200 contributions;
Commissioner Christine Robinson, five $200 contributions.

Randy Benderson gave:

Commissioner Carolyn Mason, six $200 contributions;
Commissioner Joe Barbetta, nineteen $200 contributions;
Commissioner Christine Robinson, five $200 contributions;
Commissioner Charles Hines, fifty- seven $200 contributions; Commissioner Al Maio, twelve $200 contributions.

Rex Jensen gave:

Commissioner Carolyn Mason, thirty four $200 contributions;
Commissioner Nora Patterson, seven $200 contributions; 
Commissioner Christine Robinson, ten $200 contributions; 
Commissioner Charles Hines, ten $200 contributions;
Commissioner Al Maio, ten $200 contributions;
Commissioner Nora Patterson, seven $200 contributions.

Gary Kompothecras gave: 

Commissioner Carolyn Mason, ten $200 contributions;
Commissioner Christine Robinson, sixteen $200 contributions; 
Commissioner Joe Barbetta, sixteen $200 contributions;
Commissioner Joe Barbetta, fourteen $200 contributions;
Commissioner Nora Patterson, five $200 contributions and a $10,000 PAC contribution.

Pat Neal gave:

Commissioner Carolyn Mason, ten $200 contributions;
Commissioner Nora Patterson, ten $200 contributions; 
Commissioner Joe Barbetta, nineteen $200 contributions;
Commissioner Christine Robinson, seventeen $200 contributions; 
Commissioner Charles Hines, seven $200 contributions;
Commissioner Al Maio, twelve, $200 contributions;
Commissioner Joe Barbetta, nineteen, $200 contributions;
Commissioner Nora Patterson, nine $200 contributions and a $10,000 PAC contribution.

“PAY TO PLAY” SCAMS MAKE MOCKERY OF POLITICAL PROCESS
The local political system, financed by those mentioned above, has manipulated the implementation of a “Pay to Play” system and “Stealing in the Sunshine” scam.  They not only circumvent existing local campaign finance ordinances, they are also making a mockery of the local political process.
“PAY TO PLAY” SCAM CONTINUES WITH GABBERT PROJECT
This disturbing, fraudulent “Pay to Play” system which is undermining, in a deceitful manner, Sarasota County Government is once again in the process of being implemented.

If Gabbert and his “rainmaker,” Medred get approval from the Sarasota County Commission to purchase this parcel of county-owned land, located next to the pristine Celery Fields off Fruitville Road—to be used for recycling industrial waste materials—you can be sure that you are once again witnessing the “Pay to Play/ Stealing in the Sunshine” system in action.

 

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