Muchnick Exchange With Fort Lauderdale Counsel: ‘Claim That Further Alex Pussieldi Documents Don’t Exist Is an Embarrassment’

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Below is our email exchange with Cole Copertino, Fort Lauderdale’s assistant city counsel. The cc recipients Lee Feldman and Cynthia Everett are, respectively, the city manager and city counsel.



From: Cole Copertino
To: Irvin Muchnick
Cc: Cynthia Everett; Lee Feldman
Sent: Thursday, May 1, 2014 10:53 AM
Subject: RE: Muchnick public records dispute

Good afternoon Mr. Muchnick,

I have discussed your records requests with all pertinent parties in the City.  Pursuant to these discussions, I have been advised that staff has exhausted its search capabilities, including but not limited to, retrieval of archived documents.

As such all records maintained by the City and responsive to your requests have been provided.

Further, all redactions and corresponding statutory exemptions have been applied pursuant to Florida Statutes and seek to preserve applicable confidential and/or exempt information contained in the released documents.

If you have any additional requests for records please feel free to contact the City for such information.



Cole Copertino

Assistant City Attorney 


From: Irvin Muchnick
To: Cole Copertino
Cc: Cynthia Everett; Lee Feldman
Sent: Thursday, May 1, 2014 11:05 AM
Subject: Re: Muchnick public records dispute

Mr. Copertino:

Thanks for getting back to me. With counsel, I will be exploring options. I respectfully disagree with your interpretation of exemptions. I also believe, and will be writing shortly, that the city’s claim that certain documents do not exist, when they are clearly parts of records already provided, is untenable and an embarrassment.

Irvin Muchnick


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