Sarasota, Florida -- Sarasota County has filed suit against Sanborn Studios for every job the county says the company promised to create but did not. The county says the studio owes $2,992 for each job.
Sarasota County gave Sanborn a $650,000 grant in 2010, and the company told the county it would create 117 jobs with salaries averaging about $72,000.
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The county says Sanborn did not fulfill its contract. But, a Sanborn Studios spokesperson told 10 News that it created more than 200 full-time jobs.
Scott Sobel, a spokesperson for Sanborn Studios emailed this response to 10 News: "Sanborn Studios, LLC is appalled that the county continues to waste more of the taxpayer's money with a frivolous lawsuit and hurts the county's reputation, sending a message that Sarasota does not have a business-friendly environment.
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"For instance, Sanborn Studios met with county representatives several times; the news media has seen documentation of an August 9, 2013 meeting. At that specific meeting, county representatives heard that the studio had created approximately 200 full time jobs and met all contractual legal obligations. The county continues false allegations that there were never meetings and that the company is not in compliance with its contractual obligations.
"Sanborn Studio's legal team has just received the Sarasota County lawsuit and the company will have a more complete statement in the future."