Gainesville Regional Utilities Authority Resigns Amidst Litigation

Gainesville Regional Utilities Authority Resigns Amidst Litigation

Updated Mar 24: A GRU Authority meeting has been scheduled for March 27th at 5:30 pm at GRU headquarters at 301 SE 4th St.

All members of the Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) authority have resigned due to a lawsuit challenging their appointments. 

At the GRU authority and city commission joint meeting on February 28th, the only authority member to speak was chair Craig Carter. Shortly after, the upcoming GRU authority meeting was canceled.

Their reasoning for silence becomes clearer with a lawsuit filed by Jeffery Shapiro and President of Gainesville Residents United, Robert Hutchinson, stating that Gov. Ron DeSantis did not have the authority to appoint multiple members of the board who lived outside of city limits and that he did not give proper notice of the appointment process. 

Gainesville Residents United posted a statement on their Facebook page, saying, “Today, the rule of law won out.”

Gainesville city commissioner Bryan Eastman condemned the board on X (formerly Twitter), stating, “The entire DeSantis appointed GRU board just resigned due to failure to follow the law that [they passed].”

DeSantis opened applications and will appoint new authority board members in May once the resignation goes into effect. Carter told WUFT he would reapply for a position on the board; however, the other authority members, vice chair James Coats, member Eric Lawson, and member Robert Karow, did not make any public comments. 

Jack Walden

Jack Walden

Jack Walden is the creator of Gnvinfo and a 2nd year journalism major at Santa Fe College. From general information, to exposing falsehoods and corruption, Jack seeks to deliver the truth.
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