Southwest Florida Enterprises vice president Alex Havenick, whose family owns Flagler, signed the contract with Millennium, which at the time was being run by a friend of Rivera’s mother. The family also confirmed that, prior to his death in 2006, Fred Havenick reached a verbal agreement with Rivera to lead the slots campaign, Guillemette wrote.
Coates denied Rivera received any money from gambling interests, again arguing the money he received from Millennium came in the form of loans.
‘‘Second, any gaming legislation in which Mr. Rivera had a role was statewide in nature and did not affect, impact or benefit any specific or exclusive entity,’’ Coates wrote.
He contended Rivera’s campaign never reimbursed him for the travel for which he billed the state and that his financial disclosure filing were in compliance or amended to bring them into compliance.
Associated Press writer Gary Fineout contributed to this report.