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FCHR Order No. 11-072

Date of Release: 08/30/2011

STATE OF FLORIDA

COMMISSION ON HUMAN RELATIONS

FRANCISCO COSME

HUD Case No. 04-11-0283-8

Petitioner

FCHR Case No. 2011H0188

 

DOAH Case No. 11-1115

v.

 

LAKESHORE CLUB OF POLK COUNTY

HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION

FCHR Order No. 11-072

Respondent

 

FINAL ORDER DISMISSING PETITION FOR

RELIEF FROM A DISCRIMINATORY HOUSING PRACTICE

Preliminary Matters

Petitioner Francisco Cosme filed a housing discrimination complaint pursuant to the Fair Housing Act, Sections 760.20 - 760.37, Florida Statutes (2010), alleging that Respondent Lakeshore Club of Polk County Homeowners Association committed discriminatory housing practices on the basis of Petitioner’s National Origin (Hispanic) by harassing Petitioner and by Petitioner not receiving the endorsement of Respondent’s Nominating Committee for a seat on Respondent’s Board of Directors. Petitioner also alleged that Respondent retaliated against Petitioner for complaining to Respondent about discrimination he allegedly had experienced.

The allegations set forth in the complaint were investigated, and, on January 28, 2011, 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 Lakeland and Tallahassee, Florida, on May 24, 2011, before Administrative Law Judge Thomas P. Crapps.

Judge Crapps issued a Recommended Order of dismissal, dated July 7, 2011.

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, Mack v. Agency for Persons with Disabilities, FCHR Order No. 11-026 (March 17, 2011), 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 30th day of August , 2011.

FOR THE FLORIDA COMMISSION ON HUMAN RELATIONS:

Commissioner Donna Elam, Panel Chairperson;

Commissioner Elena Flom; and

Commissioner Lizzette Romano

Filed this 30th day of August , 2011,

in Tallahassee, Florida.

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__________/s/_______________

Violet Crawford, Clerk

Commission on Human Relations

2009 Apalachee Parkway, Suite 100

Tallahassee, FL 32301

(850) 488-7082

Copies furnished to:

Francisco Cosme

Post Office Box 8118

Fedhaven, FL 33854

Lakeshore Club of Polk County

Homeowners Association

c/o Scott Jackman, Esq.

Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A.

4301 West Boy Scout Boulevard

Suite 400

Tampa, FL 33607-5712

Thomas P. Crapps, 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 30th day of August , 2011.

By: _______/s/________________

Clerk of the Commission

Florida Commission on Human Relations