Sleiman Enterprises files motion against city of Jacksonville regarding unsafe docks at The Landing
Sleiman Enterprises filed a motion for injunctive relief against the city of Jacksonville regarding the city-owned unsafe and inoperable docks at The Jacksonville Landing on May 4, 2018.
The city of Jacksonville has contractual obligations to maintain the exterior areas surrounding the Landing – including the docks, riverwalk, and bulkhead – as outlined in Sections 7.3 and 7.5 of the lease agreement.
Specifically, on pages 135–136 of the lease agreement:
Section 7.3. The City’s Management and Operating Covenant
(b) The City shall continually operate and manage the Exterior Common Areas in good order, repair and appearance, including, without limitation, the furnishing of all labor, material and equipment necessary to comply with the applicable proof visions of Section 7.4, provided that, with respect to docking facilities or similar facilities constituting part of the Exterior Common Areas and situated within the St. Johns River, the City’s operation and management of the same shall be subject to applicable state and federal laws.
The docks became an obvious issue during the Oyster Jam Festival at the Landing on April 14, when visitors from the neighboring In-water Boat Show Festival at Metropolitan Park couldn’t dock or access The Landing due to the inoperable docks.
The city has made no efforts to repair the docks since major damage from Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 destroyed 75 percent of the docks and bulkheads bordering The Landing’s east side. The docks are an eyesore, unsafe, inoperable, and closed to potential patrons wanting to visit The Landing by water.
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