Thank you for visiting The Islander Newspaper Online.

We are currently updating our website to provide you better service and function.
If you would like to access the new site, please, click here: The Islander Newspaper

Sorry for any inconvenience. Our new site and service will resume shortly.

Web Master

The Award Winning & Best News on Anna Maria Island, FL Since 1992

"The Award Winning & Best News on Anna Maria Island, FL Since 1992"

Sunday, Apr, 20, 2014
Florida Press Assn. Award-Winning Web Site
Home Latest News Weather Sports Real Estate Classifieds Island Guide Islander Store

 SECTIONS

 • 

Main News

 • 

Classifieds

 • 

Opinions

 • 

Streetlife

 • 

Calendar

 • 

Fishing

 • 

Sports

 • 

Real Estate

 • 

Obituaries

 • 

Weather

 Features

 • 

Cortez Cook Off: The Results

 • 

Anna Maria Island Bridge FDOT replacement bridge

 • 

National Hurricane Center (Atlantic)

 • 

Advanced Search

 • 

I love AMI

 • 

Mystery Story

 • 

Fishing Laws

 Classifieds

 • 

Classifieds Page

 • 

Place An AD

 • 

Items for Sale

 • 

Garage Sale

 • 

Estate Sale

 • 

Announcments

 • 

Lost & Found

 • 

Pets

 • 

Transportation

 • 

Boats & Boating

 • 

Fishing

 • 

Kids 4 Hire

 • 

Help Wanted

 • 

Health Care

 • 

Services

 • 

Lawn & Garden

 • 

Landscaping

 • 

Home Improvement

 • 

Business Opportunities

 • 

Rentals

 • 

Real Estate

 Weather

 • 

Today's Forecast

 • 

10 Day Forecast

 • 

Today's Tides

 • 

Emergency e-mail

 • 

Storm Watch

 Archive

 • 

News Archive

 • 

2009 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2008 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2007 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2006 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2005 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2004 Top Notch Gallery

 Useful Links

 • 

Island Links

 • 

i.wed

 • 

Islander Store

 • 

About this Site

 Contact Us

 • 

Islander Store

 • 

Subscribe

 • 

About Us

 • 

e-mail us

Story Tools

Date of Issue: April 12, 2007

Legal brouhaha erupts in Bradenton Beach

Bradenton Beach city officials briefly considered revamping their legal structure last week.

The move was spurred by Commissioner Bill Shearon, who questioned an increase in hourly rates offered by Ricinda Perry, a city attorney with the Lewis Longman and Walker firm in Bradenton. Perry's most recent billing showed a $30 increase in hourly rates, from $130 to $160.

"I'm concerned because she said we had been receiving a discount [on her regular rates] and now we've got a bill with an increase of $30 per hour," Shearon said, "and the contract says that she can re-negotiate rates in January. It's April."

Mayor John Chappie said that the whole rate structure issue came up during budget talks last summer. "There was an agreement that the rates would go up to $160 an hour during the budget, and it was accepted during the budget process," he said.

"I would like to look at all of this or go out for a request for qualifications, for all our attorneys," Shearon countered. His motion, to offer a request-for-qualification for legal services for the city, died for lack of a second.

City attorney Ralf Brookes, the city's attorney of record, said that Perry's original contract called for her to receive $130 per hour through December 2005, with the added clause that it could be modified on January of each subsequent year. He added that there did not appear to be a change in the contract to reflect any change in hourly rate.

"We have a contract and we need to amend it to get it right," Shearon said.

"I think we need to officially do it, not just see it on bills," said Commissioner Janie Robertson, "but I don't want to just not pay anything."

She added that "this is not clean and neat enough for me."

City clerk Nora Idso said she would request the Lewis Longman Walker firm to re-submit the bill at the $130-per-hour rate.

Chappie said that based on a consensus of the commission - with Shearon dissenting - the city would pay the Perry bill at $130 per hour, and then bring forward documents at the next city commission meeting to "memorialize" the decision of the commission to increase the fees during budget talks last summer.

The bill, at the $160-per-hour rate, was for $3,830 and included some charges for paralegal services at a $110-per-hour rate.

Have your say:

No comments for this page. Feel free to be the first

Username:

Contact:

(email or url)

Subject:

Your View:

Please enter the security code below:

security  

Get breaking news

Follow the Islander on TwitterBecome a fan of The Islander on Facebook

Sign up to receive breaking news alerts via e-mail. We'll send you a notice when the news and classifieds appear online every week, before the print edition hits the streets.

Click here for Gulf oil spill updates related to Anna Maria Island.

Historic Anna Maria City Pier Plank Walk

Put your name, your message, your memorial on the Historic Anna Maria City Pier prior to the Pier Centennial Celebration! And join the fun!

CLICK HERE for Stoltzfus e-mails and related court documents.


FREE Island
Vacation Guide:
get it here

Cortez Cookoff

Click here for 2010 Cortez Cookoff Winner and recipes

To advertise here, please
visit our rates page
or contact us at:
sales@islander.org
Phone: (941) 778-7978
Fax: (941) 778-9392

Back to top of Page

Home | Weather | Real Estate | Classifieds | Archives | Contact | Island Links
Islander Store | Subscribe About this site | Classifieds Page | Place an Ad
For Sale | Garage Sales | Announcements | Lost & Found | Pets | Transportation
Boats & Boating | Fishing | Kids for Hire | Help Wanted | Health Care | Services
Lawn & Garden | Landscaping | Home Improvement | Business Opportunities | Rentals | Real Estate

Our Privacy and Copyright Statements © 1992 - 2009, The Islander