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Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 11:36 pm | Updated: 9:35 am, Thu Oct 31, 2013.

SARASOTA - Since last week, ABC 7 has received complaints involving Lazarus Fernandez- the man behind the Sarasota Pumpkin Festival.

We've learned that despite having a felony record, Fernandez was issued a Level Two security clearance, which allows him to host events at Sarasota County District Schools.

The district says that, under school board policy, Fernandez was not convicted of any crime that bars him from working as a vendor at a school event.  If Fernandez applied for a job with the district, or to volunteer in a school, he would have been disqualified.

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  • CapnDoug posted at 7:20 am on Thu, Oct 31, 2013.

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    This event was a scam. Fernandez bilked thousands of dollars from sarasota's citizens. The tickets were misleading, the event was not advertised truthfully, and it's a shame that this individual can get away with this. Next year, if there one, I will get picketers, and others to protest this event, especially on public property. The rides were rinky dink, shoddy, and in example, the mini Ferris wheel, had to be turned by hand, while the operator held the clutch, so it would spin freely. What do we need to wait for, someone to get hurt? #€$&@ [censored]