Letter to State Attorney: Shark Dragging Incident

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A formal decision from the 12th Judicial Circuit State Attorney is expected by mid-August as publicly announced by assigned Assistant State Attorney Andrew Van Sickle to the shark dragging incident. But still NOTHING has been done. Four men allegedy dragged a shark going at super high speeds while the still-live black tip sharks body was beating against the unforgiving waves. This story has gone viral in numerous media outlet all around the globe. A few of these animal abusers doing this sick shit for mere entertainment have had a history of wildlife and animal abuse. Yet they are still not locked up, fined, or prosecuted. It is time to demand justice once again as our peaceful weapon is information. We want answers as a community. We want answers now!!!

Below are four Letters addressed to our State Attorney by county. PLEASE PRINT AND MAIL TO THE CORRESPONDING ADDRESS. (You can also copy and paste this letter and email it using the link below)

EMAIL: (www.sao12.org/about-us/email-the-state-attorney). On the email form, for the Case No., trying using the FWC’s case number FWSW17OFF012872, given to us in an email.

SARASOTA LETTER:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UcvkSl7FrlMAkJRfw1c3klSGqmBRvFNu7Ogl6jWvtwA/edit?usp=sharing

BRADENTON LETTER
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1O7PNpr7JA9b2Ca_lQkNFbmxWefqOh5I4NYm_QPikYwM/edit

VENICE LETTER
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_jwf8nqrfa78ttrn0beOodYpmg42_Boht9UTvB9-3uo/edit

DESOTO COUNTY LETTER
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yxM19ckxma2Xe6OODm7YBu5TGQ_ZM5u01Poh3zs_i78/edit

Thank you to a fellow animal advocate who penned the above letters. I will keep her anonymous as per request. However, please do modify and personalize as you wish. Thank you warriors!

‘Shark Dragging’ Petition Delivered to Ed Brodsky

We have officially delivered our petition to Ed Brodsky and Andrew Van Sickle of the 12th Judicial Circuit. They refused to meet with us in person, but news agencies filmed as I handed the 250,000+ signatures to the receptionist who agreed to deliver our message.

I cannot express how much gratitude I have for everyone who showed up. It was wonderful meeting you all as we delivered this monumental document. Thank you Stand Up Bark Back SRQ for your incredible skill in dealing with these situations, and for all the work you do. Thank you to all the media who came out today: ABC 7, SNN 6, Bay News 8, News Channel 8, Bradenton Herald, and more.

Thank you everyone who signed this document, shared articles, called the FWC, and kept this incident under public scrutiny. Our collective energy has broken through the intangible restraints of cyberspace and manifested into a force that cannot be denied. Full Story »

Deliver the Shark Petition

Join us Monday, August 21 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Manatee County Building Department to deliver our petition.

We will be gathering in the courtyard facing the building. Come any time you can, even it’s just on your lunch break.

We plan to officially deliver the protest at NOON, 12:00 PM. Thank you so much to everyone who has shown their support… we need you more than ever right now. Please come out and take a stand for justice.

Please bring your signs, and a positive attitude.

GPS Address:

1112 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205

Register for the event on our Facebook Event page.

We may have cameras there for video interviews, so let us know if you’d like to speak your mind.

This is a non-violent protest. No weapons. Do not block traffic. Do not brings signs with sticks. Do not harass the office workers. We are simply here to let the FWC and the 12th Judicial Court know that the public is watching this case very closely, and that we expect these men to be charged for their animal abuse crimes.

Please bring bottles of water, and snack food for everyone. Wear large brimmed hats (it will be hot).

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‘Ask Gary’ founder wants county to consider Siesta Key hotel

Gary Kompothecras

Gary Kompothecras is seeking help reviewing his hotel project as the MTV reality series starring his son launches this week.

SIESTA KEY — The famed founder of 1-800-ASK-GARY has retained legal services for himself to appeal a county board’s decision that could threaten his plans for a hotel on Siesta Key.

Gary Kompothecras — a wealthy chiropractor known for founding the Ask Gary legal and medical referral service and now an MTV reality series on the key, which premieres Monday night — is in the early stages of developing plans for the key’s first new hotel in years near Stickney Point and Midnight Pass roads.

His son Alex stars in the reality show, and has so far escaped animal abuse charges that should have been brought against him and his friends for the sadistic torturing of marine life which they have been enjoying for many years.

The building plans hit a snag when the county’s Board of Zoning Appeals ruled last month against the developers’ interpretation that the codes would at allow them to ask the Sarasota County Commission for permission to design and build the proposed hotel closer to the street.

The board instead ruled that a 25-foot setback is required, and that it would not be up to the County Commission to determine whether a “special exception,” a formal application process, could be approved for the project, as Kompthecras’ attorneys have argued.

Earlier this month, Kompothecras’ team filed a formal petition in Sarasota Circuit Court to challenge the zoning board’s decision, but it may not be necessary after they also complained about the decision to the County Commission.

The zoning board members “were deciding your decision, they were deciding they don’t want a hotel there so we’re going to vote this down,” Kompothecras said in his plea to the commission earlier this month. “What they did was took all your power away from you. I had to file suit, I had to spend big money, I have to fight the county, which I don’t want to do. Instead, I could put the money into nice more parking for the area, but now I’ve got to fight you guys which I don’t want to do.”

Commissioners heard that plea and suggestions from attorney Charlie Bailey and architect Mark Smith that the commission attempt to clarify its special exception process. They agreed to direct county legal staff to draft an amendment that would make clear such projects can pursue a special exception.

The commissioners are expected to consider and approve that amendment when they return from a summer recess in late August.

That likely would make the lawsuit moot, but attorney Robert Lincoln, who also represents the project, had to file it in mid-July to meet court deadlines and preserve Kompothecras’ right to appeal. But Bailey and Lincoln effectively have agreed to “call timeout” on the court case to work with county staff on the amendment, they said Friday.

“We expect that the adoption of this clarifying amendment will render the litigation moot and allow it to be dismissed,” Bailey wrote in an email. “Until then, we are tapping the brakes on the litigation to focus on supporting the County in processing the amendment to be considered by the County Commission at some point after its summer recess.”

The confusion about the rules is brewing just as Kompothecras’ son and his friends find themselves in the national spotlight on a new MTV reality series called “Siesta Key” that premieres Monday night.

Kompothecras helped create the show with the network, which is under scrutiny even before it airs, for its portrayal of the key and its cast members. The hotel project is also under the microscope. While some neighboring businesses, such as Capt. Curt’s Oyster Bar and Clayton’s Siesta Grille support the hotel plan, some leaders of the Siesta Key Association have argued against it.

The project is in its infancy. Should the commission approve the amendment it discussed, it would then consider the special exception for the project’s distance from the property line and street. Only then would a formal development application be filed and a staff review of the project begin.

Source: heraldtribune.com

How can we stop this?

*Everyone* should call/write/email the Sarasota Commissioners, as well as the ‘Siesta Key Association’, and tell them you don’t support a Hotel on Siesta Key built by Gary Kompothecras. He’s got attorneys, and is trying to bully this thing into getting built.

Currently “Captain Curt’s Crab/Oyster Bar”, and “Clayton’s Siesta Grille” have said they support Gary Kompothecras in building this Hotel on Siesta Key.
Call/Email/Write local business “Captain Curt’s Oyster Bar” and “Clayton’s Siesta Grille” and tell them you will boycott their businesses unless they pull support for Gary’s Hotel.

Sarasota County Commissioners:
https://www.scgov.net/government/commissioners/commission-districts
Sarasota City Commissioners:
https://sarasotagov.org/Commissioners/Index.cfm

Siesta Key Association:
https://www.siestakeyassociation.com/contacts.htm
(941) 364-4880

Captain Curt’s Crab & Oyster Bar:
https://www.captaincurts.com/contact
941-349-3885
https://www.facebook.com/Captain-Curts-Crab-Oyster-Bar-and-Sniki-Tiki-140204976041288

Clayton’s Siesta Grille:
https://claytonssiestagrille.com/contact/
clay.thompson@comcast.net
941-349-2800

Boycott 1-800-Ask-Gary Hotel on Siesta Key

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*Everyone* should call/write/email the Sarasota Commissioners, as well as the ‘Siesta Key Association’, and tell them you don’t support a Hotel on Siesta Key built by Gary Kompothecras. He’s got attorneys, and is trying to bully this thing into getting built.

Currently “Captain Curt’s Crab/Oyster Bar”, and “Clayton’s Siesta Grille” have said they support Gary Kompothecras in building this Hotel on Siesta Key.

Call/Email/Write local business “Captain Curt’s Oyster Bar” and “Clayton’s Siesta Grille” and tell them you will boycott their businesses unless they pull support for Gary’s Hotel.

Sarasota County Commissioners:
https://www.scgov.net/government/commissioners/commission-districts
Sarasota City Commissioners:
https://sarasotagov.org/Commissioners/Index.cfm

Siesta Key Association:
https://www.siestakeyassociation.com/contacts.htm
(941) 364-4880

Captain Curt’s Crab & Oyster Bar:
https://www.captaincurts.com/contact
941-349-3885
https://www.facebook.com/Captain-Curts-Crab-Oyster-Bar-and-Sniki-Tiki-140204976041288

Clayton’s Siesta Grille:
https://claytonssiestagrille.com/contact/
clay.thompson@comcast.net
941-349-2800

 

#FIGHTBACK and keep Florida beautiful. Say NO to enabling animal abusers and debauchery. Call 1-800-FUCK-GARY and tell them to cancel their shitty reality show ‘Siesta Key.’

Email from Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office

Hi, thanks for connecting.  I understand and respect the concerns of everyone seeing this situation unfold, and like everyone, am waiting to see the outcome of the various investigatory actions underway by authorities and the fact-finding they make public.

There has been no indication to our office that a second season is being considered, but we often do not know that kind of information until it’s made public by the production themselves or their networks/distributors through press releases and the like.

Regarding the first season of this “Siesta Key” program that was shot here between March and July, there weren’t any “monetary exchanges or agreements” with our office, and communications with the film commission — like all productions who inquire and who shoot on location here – were about permits and liability insurance as well as information about our county-wide cash rebate incentive program set out in detail here: www.filmsarasota.com/incentives .

The production team on the ground and their crew were very professional and filled out normal permits which were required to be on public property, provided proof of liability insurance and met all regulatory requirements along those lines.  The majority of the filming, though, seems to have taken place on private property and that does not require permits, just the private property owners’ permission/consent and cooperation.

To date, they wrapped in late July but they have not filed any paperwork to apply for any rebate (see link above) of qualified spending regarding the series shot here for the MTV program. I think there were ten total episodes filmed, but it might be only 8 – again, I don’t have any incentive application to indicate the final outcomes of total local production spending, which is what they’d communicate to us with documentation if they were going to file.

I hope this is helpful.

Sincerely,

www.filmsarasota.com
TOLL-FREE: 1-888-ROLL-SRQ
(941) 309-1200

That message was in response to our original email below:

Could you please tell me if MTV has any plans to film a second season of Siesta Key?

Please also send any records of communication between the Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office (part of the Sarasota County Economic Development Corporation) and MTV (or parent companies such as Viacom) in regards to monetary exchanges or agreements of any sort. This could include permitting, financial incentives offered from either party, and all signed agreements.

Fla. Stat. sec. 119.011(1) (1995) allows public access to all public records. Please send this information as quickly as possible… we understand you are very busy, if there’s anything we can do to help, please let us know.

There’s a petition gathering steam to get this show cancelled, in response to the animal abuse committed by its star, Alex:

https://www.change.org/p/mtv-petition-to-have-the-tv-show-siesta-key-removed

Looking forward to working with you as we unravel this incident.

Thanks!

WTFFlorida.com

Sarasota County and MTV Siesta Key – Public Record Documents

Files:

The first PDF contains potential filming locations and contacts and more, the second PDF is an insurance agreement between Bobby Aguilar of Entertainment One Reality Productions and a few Sarasota County departments. The third file is a DOCX of their production schedule.

Email response:

RE: Public Records Request of 8/8/2017, Reference # W001169-080817

Dear WTF,

Sarasota County received a public records request from you on 8/8/2017. Your request mentioned

“Please send me all email correspondence between Sarasota County and MTV (and their holding companies, such as Viacom), especially in regards to the filming of their reality show, “Siesta Key.”Please also send any permits, proposals, or documents relating to the MTV show, “Siesta Key.”Thank you so much for your time!”.

Sarasota County has reviewed its files and has located responsive records to your request. Please log in to the Public Records Request portal to retrieve the responsive records.

With regards to email correspondence, the request must be specific in detail so that there is no question the records you’re seeking. A specific date range for the search is required. If there are alias names involved in the search, those will need to be provided. The use of words such as “Siesta Key” will yield a large volume of records making your request extensive, and it’s probable a good part of those emails will not be related to your search. The volume of records and required staff time also contribute to the fees associated with a request. Your request can be processed using the word “Siesta Key” however it is suggested that the search be narrowed to ensure your obtain the records you desire. Also, providing specific email addresses for your search impacts the volume as well. Please provide more specific detail in your email search request.

If you have any questions, or wish to discuss this further, please contact me.

Thank you.

Boycott These MTV Siesta Key Sponsors

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Download the original list in a twitter-ready text file

MTV Siesta Key Sponsors:

  • MTV
  • Viacom
  • Secret Deodorant
  • Mountain Dew
  • Tobacco Free Florida
  • Extra Gum
  • Gain
  • Know The Real Cost
  • Arby’s
  • Dr Pepper
  • Metro PCS
  • Gatorade
  • eBay
  • Dawn Dish
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Taco Bell
  • Mr Clean
  • Frontier Corp
  • Gifted (Movie)
  • Cox Auto
  • Sony Pictures
  • Victorias Secret
  • Oreo
  • Temptations Cats
  • Burger King
  • Playtex Sport
  • The Nut Job (Movie)
  • Powerade
  • Chevy
  • Leap! (Movie)
  • Truth Orange
  • Rooms To Go
  • Glass Castle Film
  • Downy
  • 5 Gum
  • Kidnap (Movie)
  • Bounce Fresh

In case you live under a rock and haven’t heard about the shark case, we are boycotting these sponsors because of a show called ‘Siesta Key,’ that disgraces Florida, and stars a man who tortures animals for fun. Let’s hit MTV where it hurts… right in their revenue stream. If we can even make a smell dent in the profits of their advertisers, they will all notice. This is our peaceful protest. Together we are stronger than big companies and big money. The internet has changed everything, and we are here to prove it. Boycott all these brands and share for awareness.

As Biggie said, “muthaf*cka this ain’t back in the day…” the internet made anything possible. Let’s show these fools how strong we are as a team. Florida will not accept this new un-reality show. We are not weak like the Jersey Shore. We will not allow it.