City of Jacksonville reverses its position on east parking lot case and agrees with Sleiman Enterprises

City of Jacksonville reverses its position on east parking lot case and agrees with Sleiman Enterprises


Less than three weeks before the court date, the city of Jacksonville did a complete 180 and reversed its position on the east parking lot lawsuit. The city now agrees with Sleiman Enterprises’ position that the city owes back the $4.7 million for the east parking lot paid by Sleiman Enterprises 11 years ago.

While Sleiman Enterprises is vindicated by the city’s position, we remain disappointed. Lawsuits are expensive for all parties.

The city of Jacksonville intentionally used litigation as another roadblock against Sleiman Enterprises providing our community with a successful Jacksonville Landing.

The facts

  • In May 2007 Sleiman Enterprises delivered $4.7 million in full payment for the east parking lot with the intent of using the land for expanded Landing redevelopment.
  • The city of Jacksonville accepted the $4.7 million payment.
  • The city never issued the deed to transfer the property title for the east parking lot to Sleiman Enterprises.
  • In October 2014, without the east parking lot property’s title, Sleiman Enterprises requested its money be returned from the city of Jacksonville.
  • In October 2015, 90 days after taking office and 11 years after receiving $4.7 million payment, Mayor Curry sued Sleiman Enterprises to force title of the east parking lot and halt all Jacksonville Landing redevelopment efforts.
  • In June 2018, three weeks before the trial date, the city of Jacksonville reverses its position and agrees to refund Sleiman Enterprises $4.7 million.

Florida Times-Union:

City changes tack on Jacksonville Landing parking lot

Jacksonville Business Journal:

City seeks to dismiss 2015 parking lot case against Landing owners