Ethics complaints against commissioners dismissed

Published: Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 10:08 AM.

Complaints filed against three county commissioners were dismissed last week by the Florida Commission on Ethics.

The complaints were filed by Jim Garth, chairman of Citizens Improving Gulf County, against Commissioners Carmen McLemore, Ward McDaniel and Tan Smiley.

The Commission on Ethics found all three complaints lacked legal sufficiency to be reviewed by the Commission, with the issues raised largely outside the purview and jurisdiction of the Commission.

The Commission noted that the dismissal did not reflect conclusions concerning the accuracy of the allegations and also suggested that the issues could be reviewed by the court system.

The allegations, in another form, provide some of the substance behind a Circuit Court case filed in an effort to overturn the April granting by the BOCC of a land variance for property immediately adjacent to Veterans Memorial Park in Beacon Hill.

Beacon Hill resident Bo Williams has sued the Board of County Commissioners, contending the variance was granted illegally.

The case is currently before Circuit Court Judge John Fishel.

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