Kottkamp ethics case will be heard Dec. 4
A 9-month-old ethics complaint stemming from Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp's past use of state airplanes will be considered by the Commission on Ethics at its next meeting on Dec. 4. That's according to Dave Plyer, a citizen activist from Clearwater who filed the complaint against Kottkamp last February.
Plyer says he got a letter from the ethics commission dated Nov. 4 which said in part: "The probable cause hearing [in the Kottkamp complaint] is scheduled for consideration at the Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, Commission meeting. The meeting has been scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in Room 37S of the Senate Office Building. ... The sole purpose of the probable cause hearing is to evaluate the results of the preliminary investigation." (The staff report will be given to the nine-member commission as a recommendation for further action or dismissal.)
Plyer based his complaint on newspaper stories that said Kottkamp billed taxpayers $425,000 for 365 flights on state planes and an additional $60,000 for ground travel in a state car driven by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper between the state capital and his home in Fort Myers. In July, when he officially entered the race for attorney general, Kottkamp said of the ethics complaint: "I feel confident that's going to come out fine."