Orlando Sentinel by Beth Kassab
December 20, 2019
Gov. Ron DeSantis asked State Attorney Phil Archer to step in as a special prosecutor to investigate a possible violation of Florida’s open meetings law earlier this year at Orlando International Airport.
A spokesman for Archer, the top state prosecutor in Seminole and Brevard counties, said Archer agreed to look into the matter, which originated from a controversy over lucrative attorney contracts that erupted on the board that controls the state’s busiest airport. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is conducting an investigation and will turn over its findings to Archer’s office.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, who sit on the airport board, questioned whether “inappropriate” conversations took place about a plan supported by Chairman Domingo Sanchez and DeSantis’ new appointees to the board to hire new co-general counsels.