Milton City Councilman accuses Cole of violating Sunshine Law

Santa Rosa County Commissioner Bob Cole is once again facing a Sunshine Law violation accusation after Milton City Councilman Jimmy Messick Jan. 15 publicly questioned the actions of Cole and fellow Downtown Redevelopment Advisory Board (DRAB) member Elba Robertson.

Messick said prior to the meeting he observed the two DRAB members discussing the nomination of Milton resident Kim Macarthy to the DRAB. According to Messick, Robertson asked Cole if he planned to nominate Macarthy and said she would second the motion.

First Judicial Circuit State Attorney Bill Eddins’ Office Jan. 20 received a copy of an audio recording of the meeting which includes the accusation by Messick and a subsequent apology from Cole.

Sunshine Law complaints filed in 2008 with Eddins involved Cole but did not result in prosecution.

Read more in the Jan. 29 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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