Governor Charlie Crist reinstated Tom Powers and Vince Boccard to the Coral Springs Commission Friday afternoon, nine days after a county judge dismissed a case that had been filed against them for alleged violation of the Sunshine Law.
The Governor’s decision to reinstate the officials came two days after the city commission sent a letter to his office seeking early revocation of the suspensions. It was vital to have Boccard and Powers back as early as possible as the City Commission had to make “significant” decisions on the budget and millage rate, the letter had said.
“We are commissioners again,” an excited Powers said, minutes after he learned about the reinstatement. “The Governor took a fair and exhaustive look at the issue. A court of law and the Governor both came up with the same opinion. We did nothing wrong, and I am glad to put this behind me finally. I am ecstatic that I can work for the people of Coral Springs again.”
Boccard said he was glad to be back in time for the first commission meeting in September. “The allegation put us in a tailspin for five months and financially cost the city as well. The city will have to pay our attorneys’ fees, the back pay, the court costs, and the medical expenses we incurred, in addition to the pay for the commissioners who replaced us. That’s a shame.”