Timeline of Events
Sleiman Enterprises’ new leadership personally requests a meeting with key city officials for an opportunity to reset the relationship and focus on the betterment of Jacksonville. There is no response from the city.
Further written request, reinforcing the previous meeting request, receives no response from the city.
Fulfilling Mayor Curry’s promise to “put screws to The Landing,” the Curry administration sends a letter to Landing ownership demanding it obtain special event permits for the first time in its 31-year history. This requirement threatens long-standing legacy events. Jacksonville ordinance codes do not require a special event permit for public events held on public property a private party leases.
The city claims this new event-permit requirement is a result of the Curry administration’s interpretation of the 30-year lease agreement.
More than 11 years later, the city has not returned the $4.7 million plus interest for the east parking lot to Sleiman Enterprises. The city of Jacksonville reverses its position only three weeks before the trial date and motions to dismiss court case. To this day, the city has yet to refund Sleiman Enterprises its money.
Sleiman Enterprises subpoenas Mayor Lenny Curry and Chief Administrative Officer Sam Mousa.
City of Jacksonville sends land lease termination letter addressed to Sleiman Enterprises.
Sleiman Enterprises files a motion against the city of Jacksonville regarding unsafe docks at the Landing.
Sleiman Enterprises institutes formal litigation around the Jacksonville Landing. The lawsuit claims that the city hasn’t held up its contractual obligations and, instead of working with Sleiman Enterprises over the past 14 years, it has in fact intentionally created obstacles against a successful Jacksonville Landing.
City of Jacksonville issues a default letter to Sleiman Enterprises.
After months of the city floundering, Sleiman Enterprises issues a letter to the taxpayers stating it would like to redevelop the Landing; however, if politics don’t allow it, it will resume long-term leases.
Hurricane Matthew damages docks, leaving 75 percent not usable. It's the city of Jacksonville's responsibility to provide access and to maintain the exterior of the Landing, yet still no effort to repair as of October 2017.
Ninety days after taking office, Mayor Curry sues Sleiman Enterprises to force title of the east parking lot from the 2007 transaction, where the city accepted $4.7 million payment, yet never closed. This legal action halts all Jacksonville Landing redevelopment efforts.
Sleiman Enterprises collaborates with Downtown Investment Authority for a new redevelopment design for yet another version of plans. DIA hires its own firms, Wakefield, Beasley and Associates and Urban Design Associates, to provide designs in a public process at a taxpayer cost of $100,000.
Following seven years of no action by the city of Jacksonville, Sleiman Enterprises requests the city return Sleiman Enterprises' $4.7 million payment for the east parking lot, since the closing never occurred and the title to the parking lot never transferred, despite the city keeping the sale proceeds since 2007.
Downtown Investment Authority recommends a proposal for redevelopment. The city pays for two independent studies for the Landing redevelopment. Sleiman Enterprises engages Bergmann Associates to work on a new plan based upon those studies. The city of Jacksonville rejects Bergmann's redevelopment plans due to election-year politics.
Sleiman Enterprises retains Jacksonville-based Haskell Co. to create a new Jacksonville Landing redevelopment concept and plans. The city of Jacksonville refuses, once again, to advance these Jacksonville Landing revitalization efforts
Due to budget restrictions, the city of Jacksonville cancels the boat parade, which has been a 30-year tradition for Jacksonville residents and visitors. The Jacksonville Landing steps in to sponsor and underwrite the costs of the parade to save this tradition.
The city of Jacksonville restricts Jacksonville Landing use during Florida/Georgia weekend. Also, during this time period, the city redirects a chocolatier looking to enter the Jacksonville Landing as a tenant to a different location, offering monetary incentives.
Sleiman Enterprises pays the city of Jacksonville $4.35 million along with an additional $350,000 of parking credits for the east parking lot. To this day, the city continues to hold Sleiman Enterprises’ money and has not transferred the title for the east parking lot property.
6th amendment to lease – Humana has not fulfilled its 2001 commitment to construct parking garage. Kuhn assumes responsibility. Laura Street Roundabout construction in front of Landing begins as a 90-day project. Ends up taking 440 days. Access to Jacksonville Landing is difficult; Sleiman Enterprises agrees to purchase east parking lot.
Tensions remain high regarding the Landing’s redevelopment plans. See parody comic of the city of Jacksonville’s dysfunction.
Sleiman Enterprises engages Zona and Associates to create redevelopment plans with three phases. Sleiman Enterprises presents multiple drafts; Mayor Peyton rejects plans and halts redevelopment of the Jacksonville Landing.
Due to a continued lack of cooperation from the city of Jacksonville, Rouse sells Jacksonville Landing and exits the Jacksonville market. Sleiman Enterprises buys the Landing for $5.1 million.
5th amendment to lease – city obligation for parking garage terminated.
Parking agreement – Humana to build parking garage with 300-375 spaces. City to pay Humana $3 million.
3rd amendment to lease – city of Jacksonville’s garage obligation reduced to 600 spaces, including Water Street Garage.
2nd amendment to lease – 800-space parking garage obligation reconfirmed.
Jacksonville Landing opens – Rouse invested $37.5 million.
Lease Disposition and Development Agreement signed; the city of Jacksonville promises an 800-space garage.
City of Jacksonville selects Rouse for Jacksonville Landing development.
City of Jacksonville puts out request for proposal for Landing development.