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March 29, 2010: City assures residents of no disruption in services despite charges against Commissioners

This morning the Broward County State Attorney’s Office filed second degree misdemeanor charges against Commissioner Vincent Boccard and Commissioner Tom Powers for violations of the Sunshine Law, which prohibits City Commissioners from discussing City business outside of a public forum.

The Governor’s Office has been advised of the charges filed by the State Attorney’s Office and under Florida State Statutes has the authority to suspend Commissioner Boccard and Commissioner Powers from office. In the event that the Governor does so, the City will act in accordance with the requirements of the City Charter and Florida law.

“This incident will not affect the delivery of municipal services to our community. We will effectively manage our way through this unfortunate situation,” City Manager Michael Levinson said.

“I am deeply saddened by the news. Professionally our City will persevere,” Mayor Scott J. Brook said.

Commissioner Boccard and Commissioner Powers have retained independent defense counsel to represent them against these charges. Any additional questions may be directed to the City Attorney’s Office at 954-344-1000.

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