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Sebastian’s Working Waterfront lawsuit drags on

Friday, December 13, 2013

SEBASTIAN — Although a judge last month granted a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed against the City of Sebastian by the operators of a former restaurant at Fisherman’s Landing, part of the state-funded Working Waterfront Project, the litigation remains active.

Amelia Graves abandons suit against Vero Beach 32963

Monday, November 18, 2013

VERO BEACH — Newly elected Vero Beach Councilwoman Amelia Graves on Monday withdrew the lawsuit she had filed just prior to the City Council elections against Vero Beach 32963 for alleged “intentional infliction of emotional distress.”

Newspaper seeks sanctions against Amelia Graves

Thursday, October 31, 2013

VERO BEACH — Attorneys for Vero Beach 32963 on Thursday filed a motion for sanctions against city council candidate Amelia Graves, asking the Circuit Court of Indian River County to dismiss her lawsuit against the newspaper and force Graves and/or her attorneys to pay all legal costs the newspaper may incur in defending itself.

Sebastian seeks dismissal of waterfront restaurant’s lawsuit

Friday, August 9, 2013

SEBASTIAN — The City of Sebastian is asking the court to dismiss a lawsuit that was filed against it by the owners of a restaurant that briefly operated at the city’s working waterfront project in 2011.

Wilson’s Lawsuit: Art ‘museum would not have gotten a dime if not for our efforts

Friday, September 21, 2012

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — The recent lawsuit filed by Charlie Wilson’s company Impact Fee Consultants against the Vero Beach Museum of Art emerged out of a murky series of events in February and March that initially made it hard to determine if Wilson tried to take advantage of the museum or if the museum was trying to get out of a legitimate contract to avoid a $25,000 fee.

Vero Beach Police Chief Dappen put on leave pending termination

Friday, November 4, 2011

VERO BEACH — Vero Beach Police Chief Don Dappen was placed on a five-day administrative leave Friday afternoon, two weeks after being asked to resign.

Acting Vero Beach City Attorney: Vitunac ‘has left the building’

March 16, 2011

… receives from 15 years service as County Attorney amount to about $75,000 per year. Vitunac had hired local attorney Louis B. “Buck” Vocelle to pursue a severance agreement of $88,000 in exchange for …

Public hearing in limbo as Vero Councilman Heady butts heads with legal counsel

Friday, March 11, 2011

VERO BEACH — Vero Beach City Attorney has signed papers activating his pension and the city’s outside counsel Helen Scott has advised that Charles Vitunac still had the right to quit, but Councilman Brian Heady wants to go forward with Tuesday’s public hearing.
“Vitunac’s attorney, Louis B. ‘Buck’ Vocelle, has maintained throughout the whole ordeal, now in its sixth week, that Vitunac is still the City Attorney.

Heady and Councilman Craig Fletcher, who switched his vote and joined the majority on the second vote to fire Vitunac, have said publicly that Vitunac “abandoned his post.”

Vero Beach City Council members: Charlie Vitunac has retired

Thursday, March 10, 2011

City Hall has released City Attorney’s letter of intent to resign effective Friday. Vitunac’s attorney, Louis B. “Buck” Vocelle also sent a demand letter to the city asking for a hefty severance package of $88,000 in exchange for his quiet resignation

Vero Beach City Attorney Vitunac requests hearing, probes possible Sunshine violation

Friday, February 25, 2011

VERO BEACH — After two votes to fire him and a request for $88,000 severance which has fallen on deaf ears with the Vero Beach City Council, tenuously employed City Attorney Charles Vitunac has requested a public hearing and council members’ telephone records.

Vitunac’s attorney requests data to build potential age discrimination case

Friday, February 25, 2011

VERO BEACH — In his latest strategy to represent Vero City Attorney Charles Vitunac, attorney Louis B. “Buck” Vocelle is now seeking to pull public records that might indicate the City of Vero Beach has a pattern of discriminating against older employees.

Vero Beach Council unanimous on second vote to fire Vitunac

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

VERO BEACH — The Vero Beach City Council Tuesday passed a do-over preliminary resolution to terminate City Attorney Charles Vitunac and declared its own Feb. 1 resolution void.

Vero Beach Finance Director: City has no money in budget for Vitunac severance

Thursday, February 10, 2011

VERO BEACH — If the Vero Beach City Council chooses to pay its tenuously employed City Attorney Charlie Vitunac the $88,000 severance pay he’s demanding in exchange for a resignation, it will also have to find the money in the budget.Despite statements by Vitunac’s attorney Buck Vocelle that the City of Vero Beach will have much trouble finding another City Attorney to employ should they deny Vitunac a severance package, chances are slim that a majority of council members will decide to pay Vitunac the $88,000. But if they do, the two options are cutting other expenses or tapping into the city’s precious General Fund reserves. Last summer during budget hearings, then-City Manager Jim Gabbard and various department heads, including Police Chief Don Dappen, said they had cut the budget “to the bone” and there was nowhere else to cut. Employees citywide have also been on a furlough program to keep from evaporating the city’s reserves.In response to a public records request, Finance Director Steve Maillet stated that the money would “be charged to the attorney’s office salary budget.”

Vitunac requests public hearing before Vero Beach City Council

Friday, February 11, 2011

VERO BEACH — Whether or not the Feb. 1 resolution for his ouster is found to be valid, tenuously employed Vero Beach City Attorney Charles Vitunac has met the 10-day deadline to request a public hearing before the Vero Beach City Council.

UPDATE: Vero City Council to convene Thursday to discuss Vitunac’s fate

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

VERO BEACH –The Vero Beach City Council will meet in special call session at 4 p.m. Thursday to redress its Feb. 1 vote to fire City Attorney Charles Vitunac and to discuss a severance arrangement proposed by Vitunac’s attorney

Judge Stikelther’s robe, like self, dedicated to Indian River County law

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 12:00 am

VERO BEACH – The late Judge Graham Stikelether Jr.’s family and friends gathered Wednesday afternoon in the rotunda of the Indian River County Courthouse to remember the colorful, friendly ensurer of justice.

Court to sentence Ira C. Hatch today

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

VERO BEACH — Victims of convicted swindler Ira C. Hatch will get some closure to their nearly three-year ordeal today when the disbarred attorney is sentenced by the court…. the first letters came from Vero Beach trial attorney Louis B. “Buck” Vocelle. Vocelle is a victim in the case, out some $26,000 in legal fees owed to him from the Hatch and Doty P.A. trust account. He …

Closing arguments today in Ira Hatch trial

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

VERO BEACH — Wrapping up five weeks of testimony into a succinct and convincing argument will be the challenge for prosecutors when court resumes at 9 a.m. in the trial of disbarred attorney Ira Hatch on 45 felony charges. In August 2007 the Florida Bar also investigated Hatch for 10 days in response to a complaint by Louis B. “Buck” Vocelle, attorney for Hatch’s former law partner Kevin Doty.

Construction on larger crematorium in Sebastian underway

(Business/Business News)

… attorney Buck Vocelle said of getting approval and starting construction. Vocelle had represented Seawinds in the appeal processes. Gilliams said that he had to weigh the anticipated expense of launching …

Ira Hatch lawyer displays meandering courtroom style

Friday, June 25, 2010

… Vero attorney Louis B. “Buck” Vocelle Jr. told Judge Midelis last week during a particularly excruciating session where attorneys argued whether or not Vocelle would be permitted to answer a query from …

Sparring over expert witnesses continues in Hatch case

(Indian River County/Courts)

… could speak with Judge Midelis about legal matters, Vero Beach trial lawyer Louis B. “Buck” Vocelle Jr. had already laid the groundwork for prosecutors to question officials from the Florida Bar. Vocelle …

Hatch Trial Guide: Who’s who at the trial

June 2, 2010

… indicate that Doty will be a key witness. Louis “Buck” Vocelle – Attorney representing Doty. Vocelle has successfully managed to get the court to allow Doty to retain possession of computers containing …

After two years, Ira Hatch criminal trial begins today

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 12:00 am

VERO BEACH — More than two years after the arrest of Ira Hatch in January 2008 for grand theft, fraud, money laundering and racketeering, the now disbarred lawyer finally gets his day in court with opening arguments scheduled first thing Wednesday morning…. indicate that Doty will be a key witness. Louis “Buck” Vocelle – Attorney representing Doty. Vocelle has successfully managed to get the court to allow Doty to retain possession of computers containing …

Seawinds crematory expansion plans could face court challenge

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

SEBASTIAN – The Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory survived an appeal to the Sebastian City Council Monday evening but the fight over more space and a second furnace might not be over.Seawinds crematory expansion plans could face court challenge Tuesday, May 18, 2010 12:00 amSEBASTIAN – The Seawinds Funeral Home and Crematory survived an appeal to the Sebastian City Council Monday evening but the fight over more space and a second furnace might not be over.

Sebastian resident challenges Seawinds crematory’s approval

Friday, April 9, 2010

SEBASTIAN — A Sebastian resident has filed an appeal against the approved expansion of the Seawinds Funeral Home crematorium. The project will once again go before the Sebastian City Council for review.

Sebastian Council again tapped to decide crematorium’s fate

Friday, April 9, 2010

SEBASTIAN — The Sebastian City Council will get another chance to decide the fate of a larger crematorium at Seawinds Funeral Home on Fleming Street.

Seawinds Crematory in Sebastian approved, again, for expansion

Friday, April 2, 2010

SEBASTIAN – Seawinds Funeral Home got the approval of the Planning and Zoning Committee to build a bigger crematorium. Seawinds owner James Young was given permission by a 5-2 vote to build a crematorium double the size of his old one.

Seawinds Funeral Home to try again for larger crematory in Sebastian

… Buck Vocelle, told the council that they would agree to building a 10-foot tall wall between the lodge and funeral home and a fire alarm system that would directly notify fire rescue…

Family to appeal dismissal of suit against county, city in teen’s 2007 drowning

Friday, March 12, 2010

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — The family of a 14-year-old boy who drowned in 2007 at South Beach will appeal a judge’s dismissal of their civil lawsuit against the Indian River County and City of Vero Beach governments. Attorney Paul Berg, of Vocelle & Berg, represented the government in the lawsuit, and said that the county and city had done what it could to warn all beachgoers to the surf’s condition that day.

Sebastian council splits over larger crematorium

Thursday, March 11, 2010

SEBASTIAN – Seawinds Funeral Home’s plans for an expanded crematory on its property next door to the Sebastian Elks Lodge remains in limbo following nearly three hours of debate and discussion amongst members of the Sebastian City Council. Seawinds’ attorney, Buck Vocelle, counter-offered, telling the council that Seawinds would agree to building a 10-foot tall solid wall between the two properties and installing a fire alarm system connected to phone lines to quickly notify fire officials of potential fire.

Vero Beach Councilman Charlie Wilson removed from office

Monday, December 7, 2009

Winning attorney Buck Vocelle said the judge vindicated his position that Wilson had no business running for office. “I think the judge made the right decision,” Vocelle said. “He agreed with what we argued.”

Councilman Charlie Wilson’s fate to be determined Monday

December 2, 2009

VERO BEACH – Vero Beach City Councilman Charlie Wilson will have to wait until Monday to find out if he will retain his seat on the council dais.

Lawyers in George vs. Councilman Wilson case agree on important issues

November 23, 2009

VERO BEACH — The lawyers for and against Vero Beach City Councilman Charlie Wilson agree on two things — the facts are indisputable and the issue is all about interpretation.
… Sr., cross-examined Foster, asking her about the nature of her feelings for Wilson. “He’s not one of my favorite people,” she said. George’s attorney, Buck Vocelle, questioned Wilson over his residence, …

Case against Vero councilman Wilson set for Dec. 2 hearing

November 20, 2009
… by attorney Buck Vocelle, filed a lawsuit challenging Wilson’s residency, claiming that he was not a resident within the city one year immediately prior to filing to run in the Nov. 3 municipal election. …

Elections chief wants out from lawsuit over Vero Beach councilman Wilson

November 13, 2009

… is provide the manpower and voting equipment to the City Canvassing Board for their use,” her response states. George’s attorney, Buck Vocelle told last week that the only reason Clem and …

As of at center of Councilman Wilson’s eligibility on Vero council

November 13, 2009
… to sit on the council’s dais because he did not meet the eligibility rules according to the city charter. Vero Beach attorney Louis “Buck” Vocelle filed the suit on behalf of resident Dian George on …

Lawsuit filed against Vero Council member Charlie Wilson

November 13, 2009

VERO BEACH — As expected, political rivals of newly elected Vero Beach City Council member Charlie Wilson have filed a suit in circuit court to challenge the validity of Wilson’s candidacy.

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