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Tamarac City Attorney Applicant Recently Represented Commissioner Marlon Bolton’s Wife In Landlord/Tenant Lawsuit

Marlon Bolton hugs Michael Garcia.

***CORRECTION*** An earlier version of this story stated Marlon Bolton and Michael Garcia attended Regina Martin’s victory party at a ballroom owned by Martin. This was in error. As REDBROWARD previously reported, the ballroom is owned by the wife of fellow North Lauderdale Commissioner Samson Borgelin. The updated version of the story has been corrected. We regret the error.

Last month, Michael Garcia submitted a nearly three hundred page bid to be the next Tamarac City Attorney. He gave his resume, his references and even his automobile insurance policy but Garcia failed to tell the City Commission he recently represented the wife of Marlon Bolton. Broward County Court records show Michael Garcia filed a lawsuit on behalf of Carla Tyson-Bolton in July 2020.

In the lawsuit, Tyson-Bolton demanded the Shaker Village Condominium Association return her $1,400 security deposit. Commissioner Marlon Bolton is not a named party in the lawsuit. After an exchange of documents and even mediation, Tyson-Bolton voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit on November 8, 2020.

Five days earlier, Michael Garcia hugged Marlon Bolton at an election watch party for North Lauderdale City Commissioner Regina Martin. REDBROWARD obtained a video showing Garcia and Bolton celebrating Martin’s victory at a ballroom owned by the wife of fellow North Lauderdale City Commissioner Samson Borgelin.

In March, REDBROWARD revealed ties between Michael Garcia and Anthony Bonamy, the operator of the Tamarac Post website. This website repeatedly shills for Tamarac Commissioners Bolton, Gelin, Elvin Villalobos as well as Dale Holness.

State records show Garcia and Bonamy formed the Small Business Alliance PAC in January 2019. Bonamy was named as treasurer. After receiving numerous “fail to file” campaign finance records warnings, Michael Garcia told the Division of Elections neither he nor Bonamy had the “time to properly maintain” the political committee. It is unclear if the committee raised or spent any funds before disbanding.

As of Monday afternoon, Michael Garcia is still listed as an attorney with the Austin Pamies Norris Weeks Powell law firm. Founded by former Broward Supervisor Of Elections attorney Burnadette Norris Weeks, Austin Pamies Norris Weeks Powell is another applicant for the City of Tamarac job. Norris Weeks is a longtime ally of County Commissioner Dale Holness.

Why did Michael Garcia fail to disclose his relationship with Marlon and Carla Tyson-Bolton to Tamarac officials?

Does Marlon Bolton believe the City of Tamarac is a personal playground he can populate with his friends, cronies and boot lickers?

The City Attorney is not the personal attorney for the Mayor and City Commissioners.

Who represents the people of Tamarac when it’s leaders are left unchecked by city officials?

Tamarac Interim City Attorney Fails To Mention His $2,500/month Legal Consultant Contract With City Of North Miami

Tamarac Interim City Attorney Hans Ottinot failed to disclose his lucrative legal consulting contract with the City of North Miami when applying for the permanent position. REDBROWARD obtained the November 2020 contract between HLA Consulting Group LLC and North Miami for legal consulting on matters involving private/public partnership developments and other land use issues. HLA Consulting Group LLC receives $2,500 per month for the contract which runs through September 2021. Florida business records show Hans Ottinot created HLA Consulting Group LLC in November 2020.

A review of Hans Ottinot’s bid to be the permanent Tamarac City Attorney shows no mention of HLA Consulting Group LLC or its lucrative deal with the City of North Miami.

Ottinot’s resume shows he served as North Miami city for two months in 2005.

And that’s it.

None of Ottinot’s professional references are from the City of North Miami.

None of Ottinot’s client references are from the City of North Miami.

Not a single mention of HLA Consulting Group LLC?

Why Hans?