Florida Keys News - Islamorada/KL Free Press
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Mediation outlined

KEY LARGO -- The Key Largo Fire-EMS District met Monday, April 1, to discuss how to mediate the termination of the contract with the fire department.

Results from that meeting were not available at press time.

District Counsel Dirk Smits said the board was expected to decide what parameters to put on negotiations, and what process they would like to take.

According to county records, the Station 24 property is owned by the volunteer department, but the building is owned by the district. Smits said the department could give the property to the district or it could be taken under eminent domain.

Smits said he also has asked for an inventory of the fire department's assets from attorney Russ Yagel, who the department hired to represent them through the process. It has elected not to use its pro bono attorney Andy Tobin.

Last week, Fire Chief Sergio Garcia's battalion chief, James Griffeth, wrote a letter to the district criticizing his boss. The letter accused Garcia of bullying and running the department like a dictatorship.

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