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CDD 7 hires back legal counsel at hourly rate after terminating contract

The Community Development District 7 Board of Supervisors has agreed to hire back its legal counsel at an hourly rate after terminating the contract with the firm last month.

Mark Brionez

Mark Brionez of the Brionez & Brionez law firm spoke Thursday morning before the CDD 7 board, which last month unanimously voted to terminate the contract after receiving a pair of bills totaling more than $10,000.

“We accept that termination, obviously we’re not happy with that termination,” Brionez said.

He presented the CDD 7 board with a revised bill that had been discounted 70 percent.

Several weeks ago, CDD 7 supervisors had tasked Brionez with researching case law and statutes regarding its budget and relationship with the Project Wide Advisory Committee. Brionez & Brionez sent CDD 7 bills for $4,654 for May and $5,533 for June. You can see copies of the bills at these links: Brionez & Brionez May bill Brionez & Brionez June bill 

Citing a conflict, Brionez then recused himself from representing CDD 7 in the PWAC matter.

CDD 7 has taken the first steps toward finding new legal counsel.

District Manager Richard Baier warned CDD 7 supervisors about the potential danger of conducting business without legal representation.

CDD 7 supervisors agreed to hire back Brionez & Brionez at an hourly rate until selecting a new legal firm.

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