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Sunshine Law complaint investigated in Bradenton Beach

Bradenton Beach police expect to wrap up their investigation into of a Sunshine Law complaint against two city commissioners and an advisory board member this week and will present the results to the state attorney's office.

That's the word from Police Chief Sam Speciale, who declined to elaborate on the on-going investigation: no comment on the commissioners involved, no comment on the board member or even which advisory board, no comment on the complainant.

He did say the complaint was a formal one, regarding Sunshine Law violations.

Commissioner Dawn Baker furnished some copies of e-mail communications to The Islander between herself, Commissioner Anna O'Brien and city board of adjustment chairperson Ken Lohn, although Speciale declined to confirm those e-mails and the parties involved were the subject of the investigation.

Also, it is not certain Baker's e-mails, which involve election strategies, amount to any part of the investigation.

"Once Det. Sgt. Lenny Diaz finishes his investigation, it will be presented to the state attorney's office," Speciale said, "and they will look at it to determine if criminal or civil charges will be filed."

The investigation, once completed by Diaz, will become part of the public record and open for review, Speciale added.

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