Legal fees coming back to Ramirez

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By John Morton


As expected, a Dec. 1 follow-up ruling related to Siesta Key resident Lourdes Ramirez’s victory against Sarasota County has determined she is entitled to attorneys fees.
Ramirez, who in August prevailed in a non-trial summary judgment by Hunter Carroll of the 12th Judicial Circuit Court, has reported that she spent in excess of “six figures” in her fight against the county where she alleged it had violated its own comprehensive plan when allowing unlimited density for developers looking to build large hotels on Siesta Key.

How much she will receive has yet to be determined.
However, Hunter ruled that the developers associated with the case, who also had legal representations as “intervenors” on the matter, will not have to reimburse any money to Ramirez.
“I’m disappointed that the developers, who have wasted a lot of my time in litigating this case, are not also held responsible for attorney fees,” Ramirez said in an online newsletter to her supporters.
In April, Ramirez also received a favorable state ruling from an administrative law judge but is not entitled to reimbursement in that matter.
“I’m in the process of reviewing all of the legal expenses and removing any costs associated with the state legal challenge, which we knew were not recoverable,” Ramirez said in her newsletter. “My attorney will discuss attorney fees with Sarasota County soon.”
Sarasota County commissioners originally voted 4-1 in favor of appealing the state ruling but in October voted unanimously to not only drop that pursuit but to also not appeal Carroll’s subsequent county ruling against them.

John Morton
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