The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 6, 1997 · Page 33
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 33

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s c THE PALM BEACH POST SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1997 7B NO:. 408592 CITY OF RIVIERA BEACH NOTICE OF VOLUNTARY ANNEXATIONS Port St. Lucie pair on trial for perjury in utility plan Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 1 71 .046, Florida Statutes, that the City of, Riviera beach intends to act upon Voluntary Annexation Petitions for the properties below and indicated on the map in this advertisement PARCEL OWNERAGENT PROPERTY DESCRIPTION 19.33 nrres. Fiscal Court Tambone Corporation oysco corporation 48.1 8 acres, Dr. Martin Luther Kinq, Jr. Boulevard attorney to discover the discrepancy in dates. Murphy and Wilmore are being tried together for the third-degree felony. In opening statements Friday, Murphy and Wilmore's attorney, Mark Orr, said their arrests were politically motivated because the pair objected to a city project worth millions. "I don't have to tell you what happens when people get in the face of government," Orr said. "The state has not proved that Mr. Wilmore intended to do anything wrong." Orr said because the actions of Murphy and Wilmore would not have affected the utility project's outcome, they don't constitute perjury in an official proceeding. For that crime to occur, the state must prove that the action had a "natural tendency to influence, or be capable of influencing, the decision of the decision-making body to which it was addressed." Murphy said all prosecution witnesses have "a self-serving interest" in convicting him . . they had predated a land-sale contract and then lied about it in sworn depositions to give Murphy a legal right to challenge Phase 2 of the citywide utility project Wilmore told an investigator he lied because he was prompted by another utility opponent and "was looking for what is known as justice." Hundreds of residents objected to the project because of its cost to homeowners who previously paid little or nothing to use private wells and septic tanks. Murphy told investigators he drafted the option contract after Aug. 30, 1996, but back-dated it to Jan. 4, 1995, to reflect the day he and Wilmore first discussed the sale of land in Phase 2. If Murphy had placed the true date of the contract on it, he would not have had standing to oppose the utility project because a judge had ordered that all property interests had to exist before Aug. 30, 1996. The contract bore a notary seal that didn't exist until May 15, 1995, leading Port St Lucie's city The two lied about the contract date, prosecutors say. By Teresa Lane Palm Beach Post Staff Writer FORT PIERCE Government critics Sean Murphy and Bill Wilmore didn't like Port St Lucie's costly utility expansion-and perjured themselves in an effort to stop it, a prosecutor told jurors in opening trial statements Friday. ' , But Murphy and an attorney for Wilmore, a former school bus driver, say their actions weren't criminal because, in the end, they wouldn't have affected the city's - utility project anyway. It will be up to a six-person jury Monday to decide whether the pair are guilty of a crime that could land them in prison for up to five years, but more likely would result in a one-year county jail sentence or less. The Port St. Lucie residents were arrested in December 1996 after admitting to investigators ' Sese annexat bps shall be effective upon final adoption of Ordinance No. 2766, jich is scheduled for December 17, 1997. The short title of the ordinance is as lows: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RIVIERA BEACH, PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLOR DA ACCEPTING PETITIONS FOR VOLUNTARY ANNEXATION FROM TWO PETITIONERS WITH PARCELS OF LAND IN THE UNINCORPORATED AREA OF PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA, CONTIGUOUS TO THE PRESENT BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY OF RIVIERA BEACH: PROVIDING FOR REDEFINING OF THE MUNICIPAL BOUNDARIES TO INCLUDE Said parcels- REPEALING all ordinances or PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE THEREOF: AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 171 .046, FLORIDA STATUTES. Ordinance No. 2766, which includes a complete legal description by metes and bounds, may be obtained from the City Clerk's Office, 600 West Blue Heron Boulevard, Riviera Beach, Florida, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays, The City of Riviera Beach does not discriminate against the handicapped in meeting locations. YOU WILL KINDLY GOVERN YOURSELVES ACCORDINGLY. Carrie E. Ward, CMCAAE, City Clerk "PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED, that if any interested persons desire to appeal any decision made by the City councH with respect to any matter consrcJ- cicvj ui una inccimy ui iieuiuiy, suui mieresiea person win neea a recora or me UIW.CCUHIU, uiiu iui suv.il uyiuuics niuy nwu iu ensure muj a verDaiirn ikujiu or in proceeding is made, which testimony and evidence included the testimony an evidence upon which the appeal is to based." m sWe Three free events! Saturday, December 6 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Centennial Square Sunday, December 7 from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Meyer Amphitheatre Saturday, December 13 from 11 a.m. 5 p.m. Meyer AmphitheatreFlagler Drive Entertainment, art, games and cuisine from more than 15 countries. Win two tickets to anywhere US Air travels from Eileen's Travel. 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