Groot: ‘We Must Learn to See Hidden Value’

Attorney Lonnie Groot likes the balancing act

By DONNA BALANCIA, Contributor LAKE HELEN -- Attorney Lonnie Groot likes the balancing act. Over the years as attorney for various Central Florida municipalities, Groot has always sought to keep the balance between big city growth and small town identity. “There’s a special place in my heart for Seminole County and the surrounding towns,” he said. “The region has been very good to me.” As he looks out over Lake Monroe from the sea wall at Sanford, Groot, who is Of Counsel with Strenstrom McIntosh Colbert Wigham & Partlow PA, can see more than water and a couple of people fishing by the harbor. “It’s a hidden gem, don’t you think?” Groot says. “There is the desire here for Sanford to grow and there’s a lot of potential here.” Groot has a knack to see beyond face value, colleagues, friends and family members say. He likes to get down to the … [Read more...]

Issue Over Concealed Handguns Crops up at RNC

ANNA M. TINSLEY The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson likes to be prepared. So when he headed to Florida to attend this week's Republican National Convention, he had his concealed handgun with him, as he usually does. "It's like a smoke detector. You don't know when you'll need it, but you keep fresh batteries in it anyway," said Patterson, a delegate to the convention. Read more here: … [Read more...]

Jannus Live Owner sued in death of friend who fell from yacht

By Kameel Stanley, Tampa Bay Times - ST. PETERSBURG — Jannus Live owner Jeff Knight is being sued by the family of a man who died after slipping off Knight's yacht earlier this year. … [Read more...]

Lawsuit doesn’t stop Siegels from celebrating Orlando debut of movie ‘Queen of Versailles’

By Sara K. Clarke, Orlando Sentinel -- David and Jacqueline Siegel have a date Friday evening with a couple hundred of their closest friends to watch a movie about how the recession threatened their 90,000-square-foot dream home and knocked the two of them on their butts. The critically acclaimed documentary "Queen of Versailles" finally makes its Central Florida debut this weekend, and even though David Siegel is suing the filmmakers for defamation, he and his wife — the royal couple of Orlando's time-share industry — will hold court during back-to-back private screenings at the Enzian Theater in Maitland. … [Read more...]

IRS steps up probe of Miccosukee Tribe’s payouts of gambling profits to members

BY JAY WEAVER JWEAVER@MIAMIHERALD.COM The Internal Revenue Service has escalated its investigation into the Miccosukee Indians’ finances, demanding that the West Miami-Dade tribe hand over a mountain of internal records showing millions in allegedly unreported payments from its gambling profits to tribal members. The IRS’ sweeping new action, which the Miccosukees are trying to stop in Miami federal court, seeks internal documents of the tribe’s gaming distributions during 2006-2010 as well as its council meeting records on tax matters from as far back as 1985. Read more here: … [Read more...]