ST. PETERSBURG — The daughter of council Chairwoman Leslie Curran filed a petition of guardianship in Pinellas Circuit Court Wednesday, more than two weeks after her mother suffered a severe concussion in a bicycle accident and was placed in an induced coma.
The petition, if granted by a judge, would allow Curran's daughter, Stacey Golliner, to make personal and financial decisions for her. Adult guardianship is typically granted when the court finds that a person's ability to make decisions is impaired.
The condition of Curran, 54, has been closely guarded by her family as she has remained hospitalized at Bayfront Medical Center. Friends and colleagues who have been told of Curran's status say that she has been improving. An answering machine message by Golliner at her home said that Curran is in stable condition and showing signs of progress.
Last week, Curran was taken off a ventilator and began breathing on her own.
Wednesday's filing by Golliner, 33, suggests that Curran's recovery will be slow.
The petition was filed by attorney Jim Kennedy, who is one of Curran's colleagues on the City Council. He filed a petition for temporary and permanent guardianship. Temporary guardianship lasts for up 60 days. A petition for permanent guardianship was filed, Kennedy said, because it's required by procedure when a temporary guardianship is sought. He said it wasn't necessarily a sign of permanent impairment.
Court-appointed guardians oversee the property and medical care of the ward.
Mayor Bill Foster, who like Kennedy is a lawyer specializing in probate and guardianship law, is getting updates on Curran's condition. He said the petition was filed so that Curran's daughter could handle her mother's bills and mortgage.
"It's not indicative of her not recovering," he said.
Foster said he will seek Curran's temporary removal from the Tourist Development Council.
"I'll take her spot until she's ready to come back," Foster said. "There's just a lot of business that needs to get done while she's out."
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