Case file reveals query raised local temperatures

Published: Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 10:06 AM.

The subject was a letter sent by Butler to the FWC requesting the removal of all FWC vessels and vehicles from county property.

During a subsequent debate about the request during a BOCC meeting, Butler said the letter was actually a follow-up to a similar letter of 2010, an assertion repeated during the August meeting.

As noted by the FWC investigator, that earlier letter had been rescinded. The county has again rescinded the request since the second letter.

According to the FWC narrative of the meeting, “Hammond and Butler set the tone of the meeting by stressing to us that Gulf County and its employees had nothing to do with any alligator hunting officially.”

If a county employee was involved, they added, it was on their own time and using personal equipment.

“They both stressed this point over and over,” the narrative continued.

Hammond and Butler said the FWC was using too much water when washing vehicles, causing ruts, and placing garbage in the dumpsters “as reasons why they wanted us to remove the vessels.”

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