Cocoa Beach Attorney Tony Hernandez, III Leads the Charge to Save the Glass Bank Cat

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Cocoa Beach Attorney Tony Hernandez, III Leads the Charge to Save the Glass Bank Cat

The Glass Bank, a once-proud iconic building, has seen better days, and the scheduled demolition is an event that many anticipate with relish. Tony Hernandez, III, an attorney with an office nearby, will wave farewell without a qualm.

But when Hernandez looked up one day and saw a feline sunning itself on the third floor of the dilapidated structure, he snapped a picture and started thinking: What happens to the cat?

"We're always vigilant about looking at that building for our personal safety, and I've never seen the cat, except for this one time," said Hernandez.

At first he says he didn't think much of it, but then he thought, '''What's going to happen to this cat when they raze the building?' I felt compelled to do whatever I can to assure the safety of the cat. So, my law firm has elected to represent the Glass Bank Cat pro bono," said Hernandez.
Rather than continually referring to his client as the Glass Bank Cat, Hernandez made a leap of faith and gave the cat a name. He landed softly on his feet with the moniker of Morris.

A large sign has been attached to the fencing around the building with an image of a cat that bears a striking similarity to Morris, along with a motto in bold red letters, “SAVE MORRIS THE GLASS BANK CAT.”

Cat lovers of Cocoa Beach and all over the country have rallied around Morris and efforts have already been pushed forward for his rescue. Unfortunately, Morris has been caught up in red tape, which we can only assume he is batting playfully with his paws. Hernandez states that the cat rescue will not delay the demolition of the building.

“I tried to get permission from the property owners to send our firemen in to save the cat,” according to a post on Facebook quoting Cocoa Beach Mayor Dave Netterstrom, “but one of the owners had some concerns. After we get a demo order from the judge, we’ll make sure the demo contractor goes in and looks for and saves the cat. I have already spoken to the Humane Society to help find a home for the cat. All is well.”

Hernandez is in the process of negotiating a resolution on behalf of his feline client. Efforts are currently being made to get the property owners’ permission to place humane cat traps along the perimeter of the building. Hernandez is ready to pay for the expense of luring Morris out of his hideaway, and will pay for a veterinarian to give the feline a checkup and clean bill of health. He says he has a list of people willing to adopt Morris and give him a less fragile forever home. “We just can’t allow the building to be demolished when we know a cat will be harmed,” Hernandez said.

“It’s just good Karma,” Hernandez said, “Cocoa Beach is a compassionate city. We care about our citizens, tourists and pets.”

With so many good-natured cat lovers already working for an answer, it would seem that a solution is only a cat-whisker away.

Morris could not be reached for comment.

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About the Law Office of Tony Hernandez, III, Esq.
Mr. Hernandez has been serving clients in the practice of law for over 23 years in all matters related to family and criminal law. When his clients are faced with an important life decision regarding a legal matter, the advice and assistance he provides often proves crucial to understanding the issues involved and satisfaction with the outcome.
Mr. Hernandez’ objective is to amicably settle our clients’ disputes quickly and discreetly using alternative mechanisms whenever possible.

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