Category: State News

Is Benderson UTC up for Sale?

October 25, 2016 IS BENDERSON UTC UP FOR SALE AS PARTNER IS TOLD TO “TIGHTEN BELT OR SELL OUT” By Jon Susce THE WALL STREET JOURNAL has reported a prominent real estate investor, Jonathan Litt is calling on Taubman Centers Inc., which is a partner with Randy Benderson in the University Town Center (UTC),” to tighten its belt or explore selling itself.” TAUBMAN STOCK IS WORST IN BLOOMBERG INDEX The Taubman Company, owner of various high-end properties, has a market capitalization of $4.3 billion—or about $6 billion including the Taubman family’s ownership. Its shares are down 7% this year, and Taubman’s stock has fallen 7.2 percent this year, which is the

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Eric Robinson Campaign for School Board was a Fraud Part II

ERIC ROBINSON CAMPAIGN FOR SCHOOL BOARD WAS A FRAUD PART II By Jon Susce ROBINSON AND STEVENSON USE TEENAGER TO LAUNDER DIRTY MONEY Eric Robinson is a fraud, a documented liar and the last place he should be allowed to preside is as a member of the Sarasota School Board.  It’s simply shameful and outrageous that Eric Robinson continues to operate his “Dirty PAC Money” business with impunity out of his CPA office in Venice. The latest glaring examples how Eric “The Prince of Dark Money” Robinson has totally corrupted the political process in Sarasota and beyond, laundering “Dirty PAC Money”, is the way in which Robinson and local political operative,

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LOCAL AND STATE “PAY TO PLAY” SCHEMES BORDER ON CRIMINAL By JON SUSCE Florida Governor Rick Scott and former Alabama Governor Bob Riley along with their millionaire corporate welfare partners, who  financed their political campaigns, are putting Florida and  Alabama schools up for sale through a “Pay to Play” scheme that borders on the criminal. For example, in Florida millions of dollars are contributed to politicians, including Governor Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, and Florida State Representatives and Senators, to put $millions and soon to be billions of dollars into the pockets of those making the contributions—and the Florida Attorney General cannot be bothered. Last July, the Alabama Attorney General convicted the Alabama Speaker of the

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Robinson-Mast-Ziegler School Board is a “Pay to Play” School Board

  A ROBINSON-MAST-ZIEGLER SCHOOL BOARD IS A “PAY TO PLAY” SCHOOL BOARD By Jon Susce Incredulously, one of most devious and conniving political operatives in Sarasota County, namely Eric Robinson, is running unopposed for the Sarasota County School Board.  This being the case, Robinson is positioned to place the Sarasota County School Board as being part of a “Pay to Play” scheme, which will be in the hands of local developers and interests outside of Sarasota. These special interest are financing Robinson’s campaign and the campaign of Teresa Mast against Caroline Zucker for the local School Board. If Mast should get elected over Zucker, who is the present School Board member, she

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Signs Are Needed for Dangerous Alligators at Benderson Park

SIGNS WARNING OF DANGEROUS ALLIGATORS AT BENDERSON PARK NEED TO BE PUT BACK UP By JON SUSCE Due to the recent tragedy at a Disney facility in Orlando in which a two year old child was attacked by an alligator, resulting in the death of the child, Benderson Development and SANCA officials need to replace the signs they removed at the Sarasota County facility that they manage (The Nathan Benderson Rowing Park). Signs warned individuals of the potential dangers presented by alligators cohabitating the lake. CALLS NOT RETURNED CONCERNING PUBLIC SAFETY Calls to Benderson Development officials, SANCA officials and various Sarasota County officials inquiring as to why the signs have been taken

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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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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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Marbut hustles for more public funding

Robert Marbut

01/2015 By Jon Susce jsusce @ Self-proclaimed “Homeless Expert” Robert Marbut has brought his 21st century version of “The Music Man” to the Volusia County/ Daytona Beach area. Marbut was last seen being chased out of Sarasota by neighborhood activists and merchants. They discovered that Marbut had no trombones, only false statistics and empty promises. Now Marbut has brought his scam to the Volusia/Daytona Beach area. He’s still playing the same tune as he marches into downtown Daytona Beach where he can be found hawking a proposal to residents and business owners that promises to alleviate the serious problems of the chronically homeless and widespread substance abuse. MARBUT’S DAYTONA

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Murder and conspiracy, or death by natural causes? The case of Cohen

Steve and Murray Cohen

From left: Steve Cohen with his father, Murray Cohen. 12/2014 By Suzi Harkola In late December, 2002, Murray Cohen married Maria Amurrio in Bolivia and brought her to his home on Siesta Key. Three weeks later, he was dead. Authorities ruled it a heart attack, as the 71-year-old had a history of heart problems. His son, Steven Esdale was skeptical. “She killed him for his million dollar-plus estate,” he asserts, and has spent the past 12 years trying to find someone, anyone, who will listen to his version of the truth of what happened that fateful afternoon. The saga for the home remodeling and renovations pro has taken its toll

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Robinson funneled campaign contributions from Tallahassee based PACS to Caraguilo

Paul Caragiulo

Bridget Ziegler Paul Caragiulo 12/2014 By Jon Susce jsusce @ On 7/31/14 The Sarasota Phoenix wrote that a recent flyer put out promoting the candidacy of Sarasota City Commissioner Paul Caragiulo for Sarasota County Commission was paid for by a PAC called Citizens Against Taxation, which is managed  by Sarasota County political operative Eric Robinson. This is the same managed by local political operative Eric Robinson that funneled 45,000 into the campaign of recently elected Sarasota School Board member Bridget Ziegler. Citizens Against Taxation recently was the recipient of two contributions from two Tallahassee based PAC called Florida Innovation Fund and Committee for Justice totally $42,000. Robinson stated that

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