Bradenton Beach commissioners discuss lawsuit in the shade

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The Bradenton Beach mayor and commissioners meet Jan. 9 in the police department conference room with attorney Robert Watrous and paralegal Michael Barfield, top left, both of Sarasota, to discuss a lawsuit. Islander Photo: ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

Bradenton Beach commissioners met Jan. 10 in a shade meeting to discuss strategies for a lawsuit initiated in August by former Mayor Jack Clarke and joined by the city, against several now-former board members who allegedly violated Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine Laws.

Due to attorney-client privilege, the majority of the three-hour meeting was closed to the public, including the paralegal for the case, Michael Barfield. A court reporter was present.

The meeting concluded with a unanimous vote for attorney Robert Watrous to continue working on the suit, as directed.

As of Jan. 10, the city had spent $42,322 on the lawsuit.

ChrisAnn Silver Esformes

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