Re: million-dollar digs

  -----Original Message-----

From: Steve Wilson [mailto:wilson@citicom.com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2003 12:59 PM
To: John Sugg
Cc: Jane Akre
Subject: Re: million-dollar digs

In response to your inquiry, here is a statement from Jane Akre and Steve Wilson.

As we said on the website, we long resisted financial support to avoid even the appearance that we were motivated by personal gain.  That appearance is created when you lift our words out of their original context and suggest we ever asked for money because we were destitute or desperate to get back on our feet.

From the day the “Help Jane & Steve” page was posted, it was clear we ultimately decided to accept financial gifts because it is not fair that any single family should shoulder the entire financial burden of a lengthy and expensive legal battle for truth and honesty on the public airwaves.

Here’s what we said about money accepted for deposit into the Citizens’ Fund For The Right To Know:

“Every penny contributed to this fund goes to pay legal expenses remaining from the trial as well as continuing expenses related to the appeal process—paralegals, transcripts of testimony, etc—only the direct expense of this lawsuit.  Jane and Steve receive none of these funds for their personal use.”

We have painstakingly kept that promise.  And although your skepticism in this regard has yet to be raised by even a single donor to date, you may report that any one of them is welcomed to a full accounting of every dime expended from that account.

Finally, your information about a purchase of a home last year in North Florida is not accurate.
 

John Sugg wrote:



-----Original Message-----

From: Steve Wilson [mailto:wilson@citicom.com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2003 12:59 PM
To: John Sugg
Cc: Jane Akre
Subject: Re: million-dollar digs

In response to your inquiry, here is a statement from Jane Akre and Steve Wilson.

As we said on the website, we long resisted financial support to avoid even the appearance that we were motivated by personal gain.  That appearance is created when you lift our words out of their original context and suggest we ever asked for money because we were destitute or desperate to get back on our feet.

From the day the “Help Jane & Steve” page was posted, it was clear we ultimately decided to accept financial gifts because it is not fair that any single family should shoulder the entire financial burden of a lengthy and expensive legal battle for truth and honesty on the public airwaves.

Here’s what we said about money accepted for deposit into the Citizens’ Fund For The Right To Know:

“Every penny contributed to this fund goes to pay legal expenses remaining from the trial as well as continuing expenses related to the appeal process—paralegals, transcripts of testimony, etc—only the direct expense of this lawsuit.  Jane and Steve receive none of these funds for their personal use.”

We have painstakingly kept that promise.  And although your skepticism in this regard has yet to be raised by even a single donor to date, you may report that any one of them is welcomed to a full accounting of every dime expended from that account.

Finally, your information about a purchase of a home last year in North Florida is not accurate.
 
John Sugg wrote:

Below is the information on the Jax Beach luxury condo from the public records. Please tell me how it is in error. Again, have you had an independent accounting of your collections? Have you published it? Please furnish me with any accounting that you have. Do you feel that you were candid and honest in your appeals for money -- considering that you failed to disclose that you are, by any reasonable standard, wealthy?And, why should other people be obligated to assist you? Or, as you put it: It's "not fair that any single family should shoulder the entire financial burden of a lengthy and expensive legal battle for truth and honesty on the public airwaves." You chose to sue, right?


REAL PROPERTY TAX ASSESSOR RECORD

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OWNER INFORMATION
 
Owner(s): WILSON STEPHEN G
 
AKRE JANE E, ETUX
 
Owner Relationship:HUSBAND/WIFE
 
Property Address:406 ROYAL TERN RD S
 
PONTE VEDRA BEACH FL 32082-7222
 
Mailing Address:406 ROYAL TERN RD
 
PONTE VEDRA BEACH FL 32082-7222
 


PROPERTY INFORMATION
 
County:ST. JOHNS
 
Assessor's Parcel Number:00544320310
 
Property Type:SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE - TOWNHOUSE
 
Land Use:SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE
 
Homestead Exempt:HOMEOWNER EXEMPTION
 
Subdivision:MARSH LNDG/SAWGRASS 32A
 
Legal Description:33/30-36 MARSH LANDING @ SAWGRASS UNIT 32A LOT 31
OR1815/499
 
Lot Number:31
 
Range:29
 
Township:03
 
Section:17
 


TAX ASSESSMENT INFORMATION
 
Tax Year:2002
 
Land Value:$285,000.00
 
Improvement Value:$886,710.00
 
Total Value:$1,131,011.00
 
Valuation Method:MARKET
 
Tax Amount:$18,545.08
 
Tax Code Area:0300
 


BUILDING/IMPROVEMENT CHARACTERISTICS
 
Building Type:SINGLE FAMILY
 
Number of Buildings:1
 
Year Built:2000
 
Living Square Feet:5209
 
Pool:YES
 
Pool Type:CONCRETE
 
Number of Stories:1.50
 
Number of Units:1
 
Construction Type:MASONRY
 
Construction Quality:LUXURY
 
Exterior Wall Type:CONCRETE BLOCK/STUCCO
 
Foundation Type:CONCRETE
 
Heat:HOT AIR
 
A/C Type:AC CENTRAL
 
LAST SALE INFORMATION
 
Sale Date:09/04/2002
 
Seller Name:WELDE DONALD J & P J TRUST
 
Sale Price:$1,386,700.00
 
Deed Type:GRANT DEED
 
Mortgage Amount:$300,700.00
 
Mortgage Type:CONVENTIONAL
 
Mortgage Term:30 YEARS
 
Lender Name:THORNBURG MTG HM LOANS
 
Recording Date:09/17/2002
 
Document Number:54282
 
Recording Book/Page:Book 1815, Page 499
 
Title Company:WATSON & OSBORNE TITLE SVCS
 


PREVIOUS TRANSACTION INFORMATION
 
Sale Date:08/30/2000
 
Sale Price:$1,289,000.00
 
Mortgage Amount:$939,000.00
 
Recording Date:09/06/2000
 
Recording Book/Page:Book 1525, Page 1219

 

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