Belvedere Terminals fuel farm CEO and founder Edwin Cothron bribed public official in 1984

Belvedere Terminals Co. LLC’s founder, president and CEO is Edwin Alonzo Cothron III, 64, of St. Petersburg, in response to authorized paperwork and his firm’s web site.

The corporate was based in Delaware in 2012 and started doing enterprise in Florida in 2019, in response to the Florida Division of State’s Division of Companies information. Nevertheless, Cothron’s LinkedIn profile says he grew to become CEO in 2009.

Cothron has “a radical information of the petroleum business” from his 29 years in “administration, coaching and service-related expertise,” and he has developed over 50 gasoline comfort and retail facilities throughout his 25 years in business actual property, his firm web site says.

Cothron is a sixth-generation Floridian who studied engineering and laptop science at Santa Fe Faculty in Gainesville from 1979-1981, in response to firm paperwork.

His LinkedIn profile says he went on to carry these positions; nevertheless, among the data is contradictory and TCPalm couldn’t independently confirm his resume:

  • President and CEO of Alonzo Cothron Investments, a Treasure Island retail strip heart developer. The enterprise was included in 2002, state information present, however his profile says it started in 2001. His profile says that resulted in 2010, but in addition in September 2023.

  • President of Dexron, a Tampa comfort retailer chain (1995-2001). His profile calls it Dexron, Dexron Investments and Dexron Group. His web site calls it the latter. TCPalm could not discover any information along with his title related to any Dexron firm.

  • Gross sales director of Ten Hoeve Bros., a Tampa petroleum tools provider. One place on his profile says 1992-94; one other place says 1993-95.

  • North Florida supervisor of McKenzie Petroleum in Clearwater (1990–93)

  • President of Dockman (1989-91). TCPalm could not discover any information along with his title related to any Dockman firm.

  • Vice chairman of Alonzo Cothron Inc. in Islamorada. One place on his profile says 1980-89; one other place says 1981-86.

Edwin Cothron’s felony and authorized points

A picture from Belvedere Terminals reveals an instance of what the agency’s storage tanks seem like.

Cothron has had felony and monetary points, together with two bankruptcies and a conviction for bribing a public official, in response to court docket information.

A lot of the 1984 bribery case information have been destroyed, however the Miami Herald reported on the time that:

Cothron was 25, dwelling in Islamorada and dealing for his household’s development enterprise when he provided a $50,000 bribe for the State Legal professional’s Workplace to drop cocaine trafficking expenses towards a longtime buddy who was nonetheless on parole for a former federal conviction.

The Dade County state legal professional consultant whom Cothron first approached launched him to a Florida Division of Regulation Enforcement spy posing as one other state legal professional consultant who might drop the fees.

Cothron gave him an $8,000 down fee within the uncommon type of South African gold cash referred to as Krugerrands. Three days later, Cothron was arrested at a U.S. 1 marina whereas ready to satisfy with the general public official once more.

Cothron was sentenced to 6 months for the third-degree felony; nevertheless, the case was closed two months later and he served solely “probation with particular situations,” in response to court docket information.

Belvedere Terminals declined to remark, besides to say:

“The complete staff at Belvedere has constantly adopted each rule and regulation required by the jurisdictions through which we function. We stay dedicated to this excessive customary of excellence in every part we do,” COO Tim Schwarz stated in a ready assertion despatched to TCPalm by Melissa Stone, CEO of disaster administration agency Cavalry Methods.

Cothron filed for chapter in 1998 and 2012. Public information for the previous case have been destroyed, however for the latter case embrace a 48-page doc that particulars $6.1 million in money owed in addition to his revenue and property.

Descendent of Florida Keys’ pioneering households

Cothron’s household pioneered the Higher Keys, in response to the Florida Keys Historical past & Discovery Middle, which documented this historical past:

The Cothrons have labored within the railroad, farming, seafood, utilities, development and restaurant industries, and are linked to the historic Tavernier Resort, Islander Resort, Cheeca Lodge, A&B Lobster Home and coral rock Matheson Home.

Reynolds Cothron (1866-1928) moved from Georgia to Miami after which to the Decrease Keys in 1909 after a hurricane destroyed his house. He farmed and in addition labored for the Florida East Coast Railway.

His son, Edwin Alonzo Cothron Sr. (1904-1992), was a enterprise proprietor and business actual property developer who married Florence Pinder, from one other Higher Keys founding household initially from the Bahamas.

His son, Edwin Alonzo Cothron Jr. (1929-1987) had one little one, Edwin Alonzo Cothron III (1959), in response to MyHeritage.com.

TCPalm enterprise reporter Ananya Tiwari and courts reporter Melissa Holsman contributed to this text.

This text initially appeared on Treasure Coast Newspapers: Who’s Belvedere Terminals gasoline farm CEO and founder Edwin Cothron?

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