Behind Lake Point was George Lindeman, Jr., a billionaire real estate investor and heir to the wealth of cellphone and cable TV. He is serving a prison sentence after being sentenced to pay $ 25,000 in 1995 to pay his horse power to pay Mr. Lindemann a $ 250,000 insurance payment.
Mr. The Lindemann Consortium wanted to extract limestone and use residual wells to store lake water and clean up its pollution, which would otherwise wash over the fragile mouth of St. Lucia, contributing to toxic algal blooms.
But a few years later, Lake Point partnered with another company trying to sell water to the city of West Palm Beach, annoying Mrs. Hurchala and Martin County officials who doubted whether the revised plan would actually lead to environmental benefits. (West Palm Beach ultimately did not buy the water at Lake Point.)
She sent some of the emails to the personal emails of the commissioners. She signed one of them "Deep Rock Pit" – a joke, she said later, hinting at Deep Throat, the Washington Post's secret source during the Watergate scandal.
County officials issued a violation notice against Lake Point.
In 2013, Lake Point filed a lawsuit against the county, water management and Ms Hurchalla, alleging that she had conducted an illegal campaign against the company, which cost her plans to make money from her treated lake water.
The court agreed: The litigation found that commissioners engaged in public activity using their personal email and delayed the production of these emails – or destroyed them altogether – in violation of public records laws. Three commissioners were charged in the criminal court. Jurors acquitted one of them in April, and a state attorney dismissed the charges against the other two last month.