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Atlantic Beach sued for $50M by residents

Jul 9, 2010 9:36:00 AM - thestate.com

Several Atlantic Beach residents -- including suspended mayor Retha Pierce -- have filed a $50 million lawsuit against public officials and the town, which has an annual budget of about about $860,000.

The 41-page complaint, which was filed July 2 in the U.S. District Court in Florence, cites several allegations including election fraud, stripping residents of their voting rights, and trying to eliminate the town.

The suit says “the defendants have turned the town of Atlantic Beach into a de facto dictatorship, there has been fraud, vote buying, election fraud, the duly elected mayor is prevented from participating in the government, citizens are arrested if they speak out in town hall meetings, the state and federal constitution and laws are ignored, citizen’s rights and safety are ignored and abused, public funds are pilfered and elections mean nothing.”

Those who filed the suit include Atlantic Beach Municipal Election Commissioner Nicole Kenion, Atlantic Beach Concerned Citizens Patricia Bellamy, Housing Authority of Atlantic Beach Residents Association president Tema Hill, Atlantic Beach Landowners Association president Harriet Cochran, Pierce, and residents Bobby Suggs, Kantrese Wright, and Derrick Stanley.

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