County Civil Court:  APPELLATE PROCEDURE –– Preservation of Error -  without a transcript the Appellant is unable to demonstrate that the trial court committed reversible error - Final Judgment affirmed.  Heeder v. Dowd, Appeal No. 06-0055AP-88A (Fla. 6th Cir. App. Ct. July 17, 2007). 

 

 

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

IN AND FOR PINELLAS COUNTY, FLORIDA

APPELLATE DIVISION

 

 

DOUGLAS DAVID HEEDER

                        Appellant,

 

vs.                                                                                        Appeal No. 06-0055AP-88A

                                                                                            UCN522006P000055XXXXCV

 

DENNIS J. DOWD,

                        Appellee.

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Appeal from Pinellas County Court

Small Claims Division

 

Douglas David Heeder

Appellant, pro se

 

Dennis J. Dowd

Appellee, pro se

 

 

ORDER AND OPINION

 

            THIS CAUSE came before the Court on appeal, filed by Douglas David Heeder (Heeder), from the Final Judgment, entered August 25, 2006.  Upon review of the briefs, the record and being otherwise fully advised, the Court affirms the trial court’s ruling as set forth below.

The record shows that Heeder was the defendant in a breach of contract action brought by Dennis J. Dowd (Dowd) to recover damages as a result of an unfinished roofing job Heeder was contracted to perform.  After a non-jury trial, the trial court entered Final Judgment in favor of Dowd and entered judgment in the principle sum of $ 3,392.50, plus costs and interest.

Before this Court, Heeder argues that the trial court erred in granting final judgment in favor of Dowd.  The trial court’s interpretation of a contract is a matter of law subject to a de novo standard of review.  See Jenkins v. Eckerd Corporation, 913 So.2d 43, 49 (Fla. 1st DCA 2005).  The Court finds that Heeder is unable to demonstrate reversible error as there is no transcript of the proceedings below.  See Applegate v. Barnett Bank of Tallahassee, 377 So.2d 1150, 1152 (Fla. 1979)(stating that the decision of the trial court has the presumption of correctness and the burden is on the appellant to demonstrate error); Bei v. Harper, 475 So.2d 912, 914 (Fla. 2d DCA 1985)(same). 

            Therefore, it is,

ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that the Final Judgment is affirmed. 

            DONE AND ORDERED in Chambers, at Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida this ______ of July 2007.

 

                                                     ________________________________

                                                     R. TIMOTHY PETERS

                                                     Circuit Judge, Appellate Division

 

 

 

 

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GEORGE M. JIROTKA                                          CYNTHIA J. NEWTON

Circuit Judge, Appellate Division                               Circuit Judge, Appellate Division

Copies furnished to:

Honorable Myra Scott McNary

County Court Judge

 

Douglas David Heeder

2132 Greenbriar Boulevard

Clearwater, FL  33763

 

Dennis J. Dowd

3360 Hickorywood Way

Tarpon Springs, FL  34688