Meet Beach Bob
May 12, 2008 04:08 PM
Maybe the lower taxes still don't make Florida worth it? Meet Beach Bob, retired court reporter. Current occupation: Plaintiff. He's suing the Lee County Sherrif's Office. The Naples News has the background:
Beach Bob likes to sunbathe in a Speedo.
Nearly every cloudless morning for more than 10 years, he’s wheeled his tattered lounger down to the same spot, which he says is due west of where the boardwalk opens onto the sand at Bonita Beach, and sets up camp for the day.
And so his retirement was going. Sun-drenched, uneventful. Until one day a Lee County Sheriff’s deputy stopped by and wrote him a warning for trespassing.
“Exposed scrotum,” the notice read. “Never return to Bonita Beach Main Access.”
Beach Bob wasn't going to take that lying down!
He hired a lawyer, studied maps of the Collier-Lee county line, trotted some of the other beach regulars up to Fort Myers to testify on his behalf. They reported the patch of sand he claims every day is in fact south of the Lee border, so Deputy William Dunaske had no business patrolling there anyway.
They said [he] never rolls in the sides of his Speedo like the deputy alleged.
He got the trespassing warning dismissed. And now he's brought a civil rights claim (he now suffers from insomnia because of the stress). Here's what would keep me up at night: Getting subpoened to testify about whether Beach Bob rolls in the sides of his speedo. Would that be how you'd want to spend your golden years? You sure you want to move to Florida?
Speaking of golden, here's a picture of Beach Bob:
Work it Beach Bob. Work it. If the speedo fits you must aquits!
If you're assuming this is a case of first impression you'd be wrong. A few years ago our own Miami University up in Oxford was sued by an employee after he was told he could no longer wear a speedo to swim at the university gym. People got to have their rights!
HT: Above the Law.