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Lawsuit against Riviera Beach councilwoman alleging campaign finance issues dismissed

Posted at 7:48 PM, Jan 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-22 19:48:49-05

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. — A lawsuit accusing Riviera Beach Councilwoman Lynne Hubbard of breaking campaign finance law has been dismissed by the judge, saying the court is not the right venue for the case.

Judge Lisa Smalls said in her judgment the enforcement on this lies with the Florida Elections Commission.

Hubbard was hit with the lawsuit, after she stated on her campaign finance report in November that she accepted $1000 and $500 in cash donations, which is above the legal limit of $50.

In December, she returned the cash and stated she collected the cash in error.

McCoy also said in his lawsuit that Hubbard paid her filing fee with a check from Wells Fargo when her campaign bank account is with TD Bank.

McCoy told Contact 5 he’s exploring all his options.

“I will be carefully reviewing the Judge Small's references to case law and the statutes that she used in making her decision and I consider my options for a Motion to Reconsider and appealing her decision to the 4th District Court of Appeals,” McCoy said.

Hubbard is one of three council members who voted to fire former city manager Jonathan Evans in September 2017, without explanation.

One of the three council members, Dawn Pardo, has been voted out of office during the March 2018 election. The other two, Hubbard and Terence Davis, are up for re-election in March.