A candidate for the Destin City Council was issued a trespass warning this week after attempting to campaign at the home of a current council member.
Council candidate Mark Robertson was issued the trespass warning from the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office at 7:18 p.m. Monday.
The warning was requested by current councilman Rodney Braden, who is seeking reelection in the March 13 municipal election.
"My magnetic city council signs are on the cars in our driveway. Our cameras caught (Robertson) coming in our yard and he left one of his cards on the car windshield," Braden said. "I don’t want him on my property."
Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Michele Nicholson said that she doesn’t recall election candidates ever filing trespassing paperwork against one another in the past.
When asked about the trespass warning, Robertson said that he didn’t know he was canvassing Braden’s home at the time.
"I’ve been campaigning door-to-door for eight weeks so I can talk heart-to-heart with people," Robertson said. "I think I left my business card on a car. I just believe in talking face-to-face."
The warning reads:
"Mark Alan Robertson was warned in my presence to stay off the residence by Rodney Braden, who controls said property or who has been authorized by said owner/management. This warning was given on 2/26/2018 7:18 p.m. Additionally, the above named person was advised that if they returned onto said property that they will be in violation of applicable provisions of Chapter 810 Florida Statutes, prohibiting trespass, and be subject to arrest."