During a special meeting held on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, the City of Mount Dora City Council voted unanimously to sever ties with the firm of Stenstrom, McIntosh, Colbert & Whigham, P.A.
The discontinuation was based on a number of factors which resulted in the City Council’s lack of confidence in the firm’s ability to properly represent the city.
Specific factors which contributed to the discontinuation of service with the law firm began with the negative interactions by one of its attorneys with city staff members in 2017 and continued with the code enforcement advisory issue surrounding the Starry Night mural which garnered national negative publicity and the publicly embarrassing de novo hearing last month for a proposed Boathouse Row restaurant, as well as an overall lack of satisfactory service from the law firm.
During the special meeting to discuss the law firm's future, council members were united in their severe lack of confidence in the City's legal representation and voted unanimously to terminate the relationship.
The City will soon issue a request for proposals for municipal legal services. Meanwhile, the law firm of Bell and Roper, another firm that represented the City during the Starry Night mural litigation, accepted the council’s offer to serve as interim City Attorney.
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