Category: Politics

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

Pat Neal

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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Carolyn Mason Exemplifies A Sarasota County Government That Resembles A Criminal Enterprise

Carolyn Mason Exemplifies A Sarasota County Goverment That Resembles A Criminal Enterprise Part I   By Jon Susce 8/28/2015 Pastor Jim Minor’s Connection To Sarasota County Government Can No Longer Be Ignored   The latest attempt by Sarasota County Commissioner Carolyn  Mason to recommend that Sarasota County taxpayers pay $3.2 million to purchase the Harvest Tabernacle Church and place the Robert Marbut proposed “come as you are” homeless shelter at this location is BEYOND OUTRAGEOUS.(See Attachment) NO. 1   Mason is not only a long time member of the Harvest Tabernacle Church, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the church. (See  Attachment) NO.2   What is contemptible and shady

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Millon Dollar Investment By Randy Benderson In 2001 Costing Taxpapers Hundreds Of $Milloins$

Million Dollar Investment By Randy Benderson In 2001 Costing Taxpayers Hundreds Of $Millions$   PART I By Jon Susce According to a statement by Paul Blacketter in 2010, Randy Benderson made a wise financial decision for himself, but an appalling financial  decision  for the general  public and taxpayers. A one million dollar investment by Benderson will bring him millions of dollars in profits and cost taxpayers millions in public subsidies and infrastructure costs centered around a rowing facility near the University Parkway/I-75 Corridor. This one million dollar investment by Benderson has turned into a 70 million Dollar urban sprawl monster that will cost hundreds of millions of dollars in public subsidies

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Repulicans Barbetta And Caragiulo Unhappy with Grutters Supporting Republicans

Barbetta, Caragiulo, Gruters

    Republicans Barbetta And Caragiulo Unhappy  With Grutters Supporting Republicans By Jon Susce    May 4, 2015 As if the Sarasota City election couldn’t get any weirder, something comes up to make it even more politically bizarre!Republicans Joe Barbetta and Barbetta’s caddy Sarasota County Commissioner, Paul Caragiulo along with their political enforcer, 68 times convicted felon Michael Barfield are very unhappy with the Sarasota County Republican Executive Committee Chairman, Joe Gruters. Their displeasure with Gruters stems from the fact that the chairman of the local Republican Party is supporting two Republicans, Eileen Normile and Stan Zimmerman in the ongoing campaign for Sarasota City Commission. The reason Barbetta, Caragiulo and Barfield

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Dubensky Delivers For Benderson, Rodriquez And Patterson

Dubensky Delivers For Benderson, Rodriguez, Ley And Patterson April 21, 2015 By Jon Susce In the Godfather trilogy there is a scene when Vito Corleone informs a man seeking a favor from the mobster, that if the Godfather grants him the favor he seeks, there will come a time when the mobster will ask for a favor in return. Did the time come for Judge Peter Dubensky to pay back the mobsters who control Sarasota and Manatee County Government? Or, as Tom Lyons wrote in the Sarasota Herald Tribune, referencing what most people find shocking and regard as Dubensky’s weird ruling, “The judge must have been paid off.” How else

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Hamilton inept neighborhood activist, political operative

  May 2015 Diana Hamilton Inept Neighborhood Activist, Political Operative And Mouthpiece For Chapman Hater By Jon Susce The SRQ magazine publishers continue to allow their columnist and closet Sarasota City Commissioner “hater,” Jacob Ogles to provide so-called neighborhood activist and political operative, Diana Hamilton with a forum to feed the weird obsession she has with Commissioner Susan Chapman. In addition, Hamilton is given space to attack the appointments of two other Sarasota City Commissioners, namely Suzanne Atwell and Willie Shaw.   Ogles along with Hamilton and Susan Nilon, who recently came out of the closet as a Chapman “hater,” are the voice of the macho wing of the Republican

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Benderson’s Attempt To Turn A Playgroud/Park Into A Parking Lot Fails

By Jon Susce If anyone wanted to see a prime example of how the present Sarasota City Commission differs from the Sarasota County Commission, who are controlled by major campaign finance contributions from Randy Benderson and his million-dollar developer cronies, they should have been at the recent Sarasota City Commission meeting where Benderson official Larry Feinberg was told that Benderson is not going to turn a playground and park into a parking lot. If anyone had any doubt regarding how Randy Benderson allows his representatives to deal with public officials in an outrageous, scandalous fashion, they need to listen to how City of Sarasota attorney Bob Fournier candidly described the

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Awarding Culverhouse $20 Million Was More About A Corrupt Sarasota County Government Than A Land Use Issue

Culverhouse

Jury Awarding Culverhouse $20 Million Was More About A Corrupt Sarasota County Government Than A Land Use Issue 3-16-2015 By Jon Susce             No matter how the Sarasota Herald Tribune lead editorial writer, Tom Tryon and SHT columnist, Tom Lyons attempted to spin the awarding of over $20 million to Hugh Culverhouse Jr. to be all about a land use issue among prominent Sarasota County developers; it was obvious to those who can’t be confused by the facts, that the Culverhouse initiated lawsuit was much more than a land use dispute between local developers. To the dismay and utter embarrassment of the inept journalistic duo of

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Patterson Taking “Cruise To Nowhere” To Avoid Possible Criminal Charges

Nora Patterson

By JON SUSCE Alan Roddy, the Sarasota County attorney representing former Sarasota County Commissioner Nora Patterson, has filed a motion stating that Patterson’s appearance as a witness in the Hugh Culverhouse Jr., multi-million dollar lawsuit against Randy Benderson and Henry Rodriquez, “will cause a severe hardship and substantial expense” for Patterson. According to Roddy’s motion, former County Commissioner Patterson and her husband, attorney John Patterson have conveniently planned an ocean “cruise to nowhere” scheduled to take place between March 3rd and March 14th, 2015. Thus according to Ms. Patterson, she will be unavailable to appear in court to testify for most-likely the entire duration of the trial. Patterson states the

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