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Former School Board Member and Realtor Eddie Herrera Jailed On a Battery Charge

| November 22, 2010

Eddie Herrera, left, and Scott Beat.

Eddie Herrera, the 42-year-old CEO of Alliance Financial Partners Inc., a member of the Flagler County School Board for eight years and a current member of Enterprise Flagler, was booked into the Flagler County jail earlier today on a battery charge stemming from a fight on Sunday evening with a man he accused of sleeping with his wife, Michelle.

Herrera posted $500 bail on the misdemeanor charge and was released.

Herrera’s office is at 1 Florida Park Drive in Palm Coast. Scott Beat’s acupuncture practice is at 5 Florida Park Drive. Just before 6 p.m. Sunday evening, Herrera was driving to his office with his daughter. He turned into the parking lot of the two-story building where Beat’s office is located. Herrera saw his wife’s car in the lot, and Beat’s motorcycle at the back of the office, according to a statement Herrera made to the Flagler County Sheriff’s office. Herrera went to the back door of the office and started knocking. He didn’t get an answer at first. Persisting, Beat answered the door. Herrera said he wanted to speak to his wife, according to the sheriff’s report. Beat said she wasn’t there.

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Herrera says it was then that Beat took a swing at him and “grazed” just under his right lip, causing a small scrape.

That’s not how Beat told it. Beat told a deputy that as soon as he opened the door, Herrera punched him in the face and “advised him to stop sleeping with his wife,” according to the sheriff’s report. At that point the two men then started fighting, and were on the ground, until Herrera told Beat (according to Beat’s statement) that the fight had to end because his daughter was in the car: Herrera opened the car door to show Beat that she was, in fact, in the car. Herrera told authorities that he then left the scene and was going to contact law enforcement later “because he didn’t want his daughter to witness anything,” according to the sheriff’s report.

When a deputy arrived at the scene, according to the deputy’s report, “Scott’s eye was black and blue and swollen. He had a laceration to his upper lip that was bleeding while on scene. He had multiple scrapes to his back and side. He was complaining of rib pain and jaw pain. Medical units arrived and he refused attention at the scene. He went to the hospital for medical attention.”

A deputy called Herrera at 7:30 p.m. and went to Herrera’s home on Lambert Avenue home in Flagler Beach later that evening, where he was arrested and read his rights just before 8:30 p.m. That 5,000-square-foot property, valued at $884,000 by the property appraiser, is listed for sale at $1.5 million and is in foreclosure. JP Morgan Chase filed suit against the Herreras in January for default over their $884,000 mortgage, taken in 2005.

“It was a disagreement and it turned into an altercation,” Herrera said by phone Monday. “It started with words and it turned into an altercation. Unfortunately, he ended up in the hospital.” Beat did not respond to several calls to his office.

Herrera, a Flagler Palm Coast High School graduate and a Realtor with long roots in the community, was elected to school board in 1998 when he defeated Richard Marier in the Republican primary (the races were partisan then) and Democrat Howard Elliott in the general election. He served two terms, including two years as chairman of the board. He was not opposed in 2002. He could not run in 2006, having moved out of the district from which he was elected and to the Lambert Avenue address. The late Peter Palmer took his seat.

In Spring, Herrera, David Fowler and Sandra Mullen established the financial consultancy located near Beat’s acupuncture practice.

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68 Responses for “Former School Board Member and Realtor Eddie Herrera Jailed On a Battery Charge”

  1. Mikey says:

    Steve V,

    Unfortunately, we are dealing with reality. You are speaking FAITH and I am speaking about the LAW OF THE LAND (which your Christ teaches you to obey)!

    Also, does your Lord approve of committing Battery? Not so sure he does!

    A sin is a sin to those who follow God. Are all sins not equal according to the Bible?

    Next time you try to hit us up with some religion, watch the hypocrisy!


  2. gina says:

    Does it matte TO ANYONE that Mr Herrera found out he was going to BE served with divorce papers Monday morning when he followed his wife Sunday afternoon… to her office? WHICH IS A FEW DOORS DOWN FROM BEAT?


  3. CommonSense says:

    gina says:
    November 24, 2010 at 8:41 pm
    Does it matte TO ANYONE that Mr Herrera found out he was going to BE served with divorce papers Monday morning when he followed his wife Sunday afternoon… to her office? WHICH IS A FEW DOORS DOWN FROM BEAT?


    The majority of everyting you are posting is so one sided and inacurate. FYI, Mr. Beat’s office is not just a few doors down from Eddie’s. It is actually 3 Buildings down. You have to cross 3 parking lots and a side street to get to his office. It is not even remotely in the same parking lot and there is no logical reason anyone would park there to walk the length of a football field back to their own office. Lets call it what it is, Michelle was hanging out with her “male friend” on her husbands birthday, lied about it, and this is the result. Everything else leading up to this point, if it was that bad, she should have left. They both made poor decisions and neither are innocent. Remember there is always 3 sides to every story, his version, her version and the truth.


  4. HSART says:

    Dont know Eddie Personally, but have met him none of wich matters bottom line is You Wanna Play, Your Gonna Pay!! However to Mr. Beat I would suggest you find single people to Date, Too many people in that situation Dont live to see another Day!!! Be Thankfull your still alive, Take your Lumps and Dont forget when it happens to you by the SAME person your doing it with now, Dont Be Surprised, What Comes around Goes Around, If ya did do it Your a “DIRTBAG”!!!!!


  5. Barbie says:

    How do we teach our teenagers to mind their own business when the adults feel they have a right to meddle and gossip about things that are not their business?

    Unless you are Eddie, his wife or daughter, this is not your business. Even if you respond to defend – you are just keeping the rumors flying.

    Let it go.


  6. John Smith says:

    Haw Creek girl, you are patetic. You got on here and defended the dumb ass boys playing with explosives in Seminol Woods a few weeks ago. So did you here about the dumb ass in Portland that was going to blow up the christmas lighting and going to kill people because he was playing with explosives. Violence is violence and you need help and quit feeling sorry for these poor patetic dumb asses.


  7. Danielle says:

    Really people? I just read all this crap and bickering and CANNOT believe what is going on . Something is seriously wrong here. Do you know that there are children being abused and exploited right this minute? Men are raping and pillaging villages like it is their job. Every MINUTE a starving child dies in the arms of his mother. And this is what you choose to spend your time and energy on? Sitting comfortably behind your computer monitor in the safety of your homes putting salt in the wounds of this obviously broken family. Seriously, get up from the computer and go do something that may actually be constructive.


  8. Haw Creek Girl says:

    patetic? hehehehe…yep, that’s me


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