Mayor voluntarily dismissed from federal lawsuit

Published: Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 10:24 AM.

Port St. Joe Mayor Mel Magidson is no longer a defendant in a federal lawsuit filed by the estranged wife of a Port St. Joe businessman.

In a Monday filing in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, the plaintiff voluntarily dismissed Magidson as a defendant she has filed against the city, her estranged husband and two Port St. Joe police officers.

The dismissal was undertaken with full knowledge of the other defendants in the case, none of which raised an objection to the stipulated dismissal.

Under the terms of the dismissal, plaintiff Lynne Carr and Magidson agreed to bear their own attorney’s fees and costs.

Carr is seeking a trial by jury and unspecified damages from the defendants: the city of Port St. Joe, her estranged husband Billy Carr, Jr., and Port St. Joe police officers David Garner and Jake Richards.

The allegations center on an incident in December 2011.

The Carrs had operated several businesses on Reid Avenue, including a florist, wedding planner and boutique, before they separated and filed for divorce.

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