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||Letter to Gary W. Kuhl, Brooksville, FL
||Letter to Gary W. Kuhl, Brooksville, FL from L.M. Blain re: Your letter to me of February 14, 1985, My letter to you of February 18, 1985, and Your memorandum to Governing Board Members of February 18, 1985.
||March 20, 1985
||North America -- United States of America -- Florida
||Box 4, Folder 1 ( SF BASIN BOARD CONCEPT ), Item 39
||Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
\ BLAIN & CONE, P. A.
L M BUDDY BLAIN 202 MADISON STREET
THOMAS E CONE JR. TAMPA. FLORIDA 33602
MINDY K OGDEN (813) 223-3888
"HALLIE EVNS March 20, 1985 OF COUNSEL
DANA G TOOL JOHN P CORCORAN. JR.
DANA G. TOOLE
Mr. Gary W. Kuhl
850 Moonlight Lane
Brooksville, FL 33512
RE: Your letter to me of February 14, 1985
My letter to you of February 18, 1985
Your memorandum to Governing Board Members
of February 18, 1985
You have asked me to respond to your memorandum to Governing
Board Members of February 18, 1985.
I think it highly inappropriate for me to respond to a memo
from you to Governing Board members. I have no desire to
prolong this exchange of correspondence.
This matter arises from what I thought was a private
conversation between me and you on December 18, 1984. I
very much regret that you did not call me if you had any
questions following our conversation. At the meeting in
December, I told you that I had been hearing rumors that
some of the District business was not being handled
properly. I cautioned you, as one friend to another and as
the former general counsel to the District, that you should
use due diligence and should not allow yourself to be put in
any kind of compromising position or to condone any improper
action. Our discussion was aimed at future, or prospective,
activities rather than past events.
You will recall that I pointed out to you that you are the
full-time, paid chief executive officer of the District. As
such you are expected to maintain a higher level of
accountability than anyone else.
I also told you, and have reiterated more than once, that my
remarks were not directed at anything to do with the Basin
Board matter. I also told you, in response to your
question, that the rumors to which I referred were not in
connection with Chapter 120 activities, although I then
cautioned you that these provisions of the law also must
certainly be kept in mind in connection with your activities
as executive director.
Mr. Gary W. Ki-1
March 20, 198L
I am still bewildered by your actions. I guess I am a
little hurt that you didn't call me before writing your
letter. If you truly were concerned and wanted to know more
about what I had said, as you have subsequently suggested to
me, and were serious about going to the State Attorney's
office, you would have called me rather than writing as
executive director on District stationery and circulating
blind carbon copies to each Board member.
Perhaps I shouldn't have, but quite frankly, I was quite
angry that you would do this since it appears that you may
have been trying to "set me up" or in some way shed some
adverse light upon my reputation or my relationship with the
Governing Board by your actions.
You have now asked me to write a letter in response to your
memorandum to the Board members to finally lay this matter
to rest. I think it inappropriate of me to do so. I also
think it is inappropriate for you and me to co-author a note
or letter to the Board members. In either event it can do
nothing but lead to further confusion and conjecture.
Perhaps you don't recall, but you were going to get back
with me before you mailed your last memorandum. I am
referring to the February 18, 1985 memorandum which you
agreed to write, but were going to check back first to be
sure that it was completely accurate and expressed the
feelings of both of us.
In looking at the first paragraph of your memorandum to the
Board of February 18, I would tell you that our discussion
on December 18 not only "did not specifically reference the
current 'Basin Board' lawsuit", but it specifically did not
involve the Basin Board matter.
To your second paragraph. The first sentence appears to be
accurate. As to the second sentence, I have no personal
knowledge of specific items that are criminal in nature
since I have no personal knowledge of any items which
As to the third paragraph. You have told me you were trying
to get any and all potential problems related to the Basin
Board issue on the table and have received no suggestions
whatsoever from me in this matter; you have solicited
nothing from me about this matter; and, I have volunteered
nothing. I have stated to you and others that I have
purposely avoided becoming involved in the Basin Board
controversy. I have an academic interest in it. I have my
own personal opinions, but I have not become involved in the
controversy and have no intention of doing so in the future.
Mr. Gary W. Kuhj
March 20, 1985
I do intend to continue to follow it with interest just as I
have followed many other items of interest relating to water
management in Florida.
If you have any questions please call me. I have chosen to
write this to you personally. I am deliberately sending it
to your home address and I am not sending copies to
Governing Board members.
I am not responding to you as executive director or as an
employee of the District but rather as an individual with
whom I have shared a close personal relationship in the
You have my very best wishes. I sincerely hope that you can
resolve or avoid some of the unnecessary problems that seem
to be swirling around lately.
L. M. Blain