State House candidate Adam Botana was reported for trespassing in a Fort Myers gated community while door knocking.
Surveillance cameras on July 13 caught the Bonita Springs Republican rolling through the back gate of the Forest Country Club on an electric scooter. A week later, Botana was served with a warning from the homeowners association stating he had been permanently banned from the premises.
Botana, whose family has long run the Bay Water Exclusive Boat Club, filed last year for an open seat in House District 76.
“You are not a resident or a welcomed guest of the Community, nor a member of the Forest Country Club,” reads a letter from attorney James Robert Caves III. “Accordingly, pursuant to the authority granted to the Association under Florida law, you are permanently banned from the community, effective immediately.”
Caves wrote Botana illegally entered Forest Country Club by bypassing security and entering through the exit lane of the Island Park gate. Footage shows no security guard station at that gate.
Botana was served with the notice, and on July 22, the Forest Property Owners’ Association informed the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
Botana was informed that if he gets caught stepping foot on property again, it will be considered a criminal offense, and the Association will request “prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.”
“I trust that you will govern yourself accordingly,” the letter to Botana closes.
Botana faces Sanibel City Councilman Jason Maughan in the Aug. 18 GOP primary. The race has become increasingly negative in the final weeks, with the candidates running television ads highlighting each one’s past problems with the law.
The coastal district includes a number of gated communities, and Botana has posted footage on his Facebook page of himself with voters at doors and video of himself walking through such neighborhoods. Typically, individuals who do not live in gated communities must be accompanied by a resident in order to go door-to-door.
A recent poll commissioned by Florida Politics shows Botana leading Maughan in the upcoming Republican primary.