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FCHR Order No. 10-031

Date of Release: 04/20/2010

STATE OF FLORIDA

COMMISSION ON HUMAN RELATIONS

MARIA THORNHILL

HUD Case No. 04-09-0757-8

Petitioner

 

v.

FCHR Case No. 2009H0188

   

ADMIRAL FARRAGUT CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, INC.

DOAH Case No. 09-4715

Respondent

FCHR Order No. 10-031

   

FINAL ORDER DISMISSING PETITION FOR

RELIEF FROM A DISCRIMINATORY HOUSING PRACTICE

Preliminary Matters

Petitioner Maria Thornhill filed a housing discrimination complaint pursuant to the Fair Housing Act, Sections 760.20 - 760.37, Florida Statutes (2007), alleging that Respondent Admiral Farragut Condominium Association, Inc., committed discriminatory housing practices by discriminating against Petitioner on the basis of Petitioner’s disability and on the basis of retaliation.

The allegations set forth in the complaint were investigated, and, on July 21, 2009, the Executive Director issued a determination finding that there was no reasonable cause to believe that a discriminatory housing practice had occurred.

Petitioner filed a Petition for Relief from a Discriminatory Housing Practice and the case was transmitted to the Division of Administrative Hearings for the conduct of a formal proceeding.

An evidentiary hearing was held by video teleconference at sites in Tallahassee and Miami, Florida, on December 8, 2009, before Administrative Law Judge John G. Van Laningham.

Judge Van Laningham issued a Recommended Order of dismissal, dated January 20, 2010.

The Commission panel designated below considered the record of this matter and determined the action to be taken on the Recommended Order.

Findings of Fact

A transcript of the proceeding before the Administrative Law Judge was not filed with the Commission. In the absence of a transcript of the proceeding before the

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Administrative Law Judge, the Recommended Order is the only evidence for the Commission to consider. See National Industries, Inc. v. Commission on Human

Relations, et al., 527 So. 2d 894, at 897, 898 (Fla. 5th DCA 1988). Accord, Hall v. Villages of West Oaks HOA, FCHR Order No. 08-007 (January 14, 2008), Beach-Gutierrez v. Bay Medical Center, FCHR Order No. 05-011 (January 19, 2005), and Waaser v. Streit’s Motorsports, FCHR Order No. 04-157 (November 30, 2004).

We adopt the Administrative Law Judge’s findings of fact.

Conclusions of Law

We find the Administrative Law Judge’s application of the law to the facts to result in a correct disposition of the matter.

We adopt the Administrative Law Judge’s conclusions of law.

Exceptions

Neither of the parties filed exceptions to the Administrative Law Judge’s Recommended Order.

Dismissal

The Petition for Relief and Housing Discrimination Complaint are DISMISSED with prejudice.

The parties have the right to seek judicial review of this Order. The Commission and the appropriate District Court of Appeal must receive notice of appeal within 30 days of the date this Order is filed with the Clerk of the Commission. Explanation of the right to appeal is found in Section 120.68, Florida Statutes, and in the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure 9.110.

DONE AND ORDERED this 20th day of April , 2010.

FOR THE FLORIDA COMMISSION ON HUMAN RELATIONS:

Commissioner Donna Elam, Panel Chairperson;

Commissioner Watson Haynes, II; and

Commissioner Billy Whitefox Stall

Filed this 20th day of April , 2010,

in Tallahassee, Florida.

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________________________________

Violet Crawford, Clerk

Commission on Human Relations

2009 Apalachee Parkway, Suite 200

Tallahassee, FL 32301

(850) 488-7082

Copies furnished to:

Maria Thornhill

6815 Edgewater Drive, No. 105

Coral Gables, FL 33133

Admiral Farragut Condominium Association, Inc.

c/o John R. Sutton, Esq.

c/o Jose R. Bejel, Esq.

Sutton Law Group, P.A.

7721 Southwest 62nd Avenue, Suite 101

South Miami, FL 33143

John G. Van Laningham, Administrative Law Judge, DOAH

James Mallue, Legal Advisor for Commission Panel

I HEREBY CERTIFY that a copy of the foregoing has been mailed to the above listed addressees this 20th day of April , 2010.

By: _____________________________

Clerk of the Commission

Florida Commission on Human Relations