A follow up to the Sanborn Studios Game Changer:
It appears Sanborn Studios has claimed they created the 117 jobs they promised. The average wage was supposed to be $72,000 per year. Where are all those employees?
According to Sanborn Studios legal representation, the firm has been hurt by County employees “trash talking”, and the badmouthing has been damaging to their business. Interesting.
|From:||Kathleen Schneider||Sent:||Mon, 09 Sep 2013 19:11:26 GMT|
|To:||David M. Boggs|
|CC:||Joan McGill; Jeff Maultsby; Ken Sanborn; Frederick (Rick) Elbrecht Jr; Stephen DeMarsh;|
|Subject:||RE: Sanborn Studios, LLC/Sarasota County|
Mr. Boggs: Neither Mr. Maultsby nor I are aware of any information you provided to us at the meeting to show that SSLLC has met or exceeded the target of creating 117 full-time jobs. We are aware of some conflicting verbal representations, but no documentation of any kind. As I will be out of the country for the next few weeks, It would be appreciated if you would provide whatever information you have directly to Mr. Maultsby. Thank you.
Kathleen F. Schneider
Deputy County Attorney
Office of the County Attorney
1660 Ringling Blvd., 2nd FL
Sarasota, FL 34236
Now that I am back from vacation, I wanted to follow up with you on our 9Aug13 meeting at the County Admin Building involving you, Mr. Maultsby, Ms. McGill, me and my client, Sanborn Studios, LLC (“SSLLC”)(represented by Ken Sanborn), and its 14Oct10 Financial Incentive Agreement with Sarasota County (the “FIA”). Has the Office of the County Attorney and County staff been able to determine who, with the County, has made statements to people in the movie/tv industry indicating that it would be toxic for people in the industry to do business with SSLLC in Sarasota County? Have you been able to determine who, with the County, has publicly stated that the County had “serious issues” with SSLLC and felt that SSLLC had “stolen money from the County?” Have you been able to determine when the bad-mouthing of SSLLC started, who all has been involved, and who all has been aware of this?
As we indicated at our meeting, the County’s trash talking of SSLLC has damaged SSLLC’s business, and has not been good for either SSLLC or the County in regards to the FIA. Now that information was provided to you in the meeting that SSLLC had met or exceeded the target of creating 117 full-time jobs during the first three year period, the sole remaining obligation of SSLLC under the FIA is to continue to operate in Sarasota County (see, Para 5, FIA) for two more years, so it is of utmost importance that the County act promptly, thoroughly and decisively to identify and expose those involved in this highly objectionable activity which has been adverse to SSLLC and which will have lasting effects on SSLLC and the County. Please let me know what you have found out.
As in our meeting, the requests herein on behalf of SSLLC are made with full reservation of all rights, claims and privileges, without any waivers by SSLLC. These matters are of great financial importance to SSLLC, and should also be to the County, so I most hopeful that you and your staff have been able to find answers for us both.
David M. Boggs, Esq. |Macfarlane Ferguson & McMullen