ManaSota-88, Perry request dismissal from lawsuit
Rather than accept the terms of a settlement agreement regarding the proposed Arvida-St. Joe Co. condominium project on Perico Island, the environmental group ManaSota-88 and Holmes Beach resident Joan Perry have asked to be voluntarily dismissed from their lawsuit against the project's approval by the City of Bradenton.
Perry and ManaSota-88 had filed a separate lawsuit against the approval from that filed by Manatee County and the three Island cities.
In a mediation settlement agreement, Manatee County and the three Island cities agreed to withdraw their lawsuit in return for concessions from Arvida-St. Joe.
Faced with the prospect of continuing their lawsuit alone and threats by Arvida attorneys to sue for legal fees if Perry and the environmental group lost the suit, ManaSota-88 executive director Glenn Compton said his organization had little choice but to withdraw.
Once Perry and ManaSota-88 have been allowed to withdraw their lawsuit, there will be no further legal challenges to the 686-unit condominium project planned by Arvida-St. Joe.