Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Meserve Facing Civil Charges by State Agency; the Former Atlantic Beach Mayor Has Pleaded No Contest to Felony Counts

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Meserve Facing Civil Charges by State Agency; the Former Atlantic Beach Mayor Has Pleaded No Contest to Felony Counts

Article excerpt

Byline: DREW DIXON

After pleading no contest to third-degree felony charges related to Mayport land deals, then resigning this week from the Jacksonville City Council, former Atlantic Beach Mayor John Meserve still faces a state agency's civil charges over the matter.

Meserve still must go before an administrative hearing with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The regulatory agency says Meserve violated state law when he received $105,000 in commissions for four land deals in Mayport in 2005 and 2006 while he did not have a real estate license.

Meserve was chairman of the Mayport Waterfront Partnership during the land deals and was mayor during the transactions in 2005.

Business and Professional Regulation spokeswoman Jenn Meale said this week the agency is set for Meserve's administrative hearing Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 7 and 8. His plea deal with the State Attorney's Office on the criminal charges did not end the civil case.

"At present, Mr. Meserve's criminal plea has had no impact on the state regulatory case," Meale said Tuesday. "This [hearing date] is still on course."

Meserve did not return a message left on his cell phone.

Meserve could face fines up to $5,000 per civil claim by the state regulatory agency, with claims filed for each of the four payments. He also could be ordered to pay restitution for the investigation.

Meserve can settle with the state, but Meale said that has not happened.

Following the plea deal on criminal charges with prosecutors, Meserve was sentenced to one year's probation, 100 hours of community service and an agreement to pay $40,000 to help develop the Beaches Veterans Memorial Park at Mayport Road and Atlantic Boulevard. Meserve helped establish the park, which will be formally dedicated Thursday.

Mayport Waterfront Partnership board member Carroll Huffines said he's disturbed by the case.

"It would seem that all along, the man was working for his own special interest," said Huffines, who's been on the waterfront board since 2002. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.