Timeline of Events
Sleiman Enterprises’ new leadership personally request 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 yet again.
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 that's leased by a private party.
The city claims this new event permit requirement is a result of the Curry administration’s new interpretation of the 30+ year lease agreement.
More than 11 years later, the $4.7 million plus interest for the east parking lot has not been returned 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, after paying for the parking lot property 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 motion against 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 floundering, Sleiman Enterprises issues a letter to the taxpayers stating they would like to redevelopment, but if politics don’t allow they'll resume long term leases.
Hurricane Matthew damages docks, leaving 75% not usable. It's the city of Jacksonville's responsibility to provide access and to maintain the exterior of the Landing, still no effort to repair as of Oct. 2017.
90 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 (DIA) for a new redevelopment design for yet another version of plans. DIA hired their own firm, Wakefield, Beasley and Associates and Urban Design Associates, in a public process at a cost of $100,000 to provide designs.
Following 7 years of no action for the city of Jacksonville, Sleiman Enterprises request its $4.7 million payment of East Parking Lot be returned since the closing never occurred.
Downtown Investment Authority (DIA) recommends a proposal for redevelopment. The city then paid for two independent studies for the Landing redevelopment. Sleiman Enterprises engaged Bergmann Associates to work on a new plan based upon those studies. Bergmann's redevelopment plans were also rejected 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 city of Jacksonville budget restrictions, The Jacksonville Landing saves the boat parade to carry on the more than 30-year event tradition for Jacksonville residents and visitors.
Jacksonville Landing use restricted during Florida/Georgia weekend. Also, during this time period a Chocolatier looking to enter The Jacksonville Landing as tenant, yet is redirected by city to LaValla with city incentives.
Sleiman Enterprises pays the city of Jacksonville full $4.35 million along with 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 – Humana obligated assigned and assumed by Kuhn. Laura Street Roundabout construction in front of Landing begins as a 90-day project. Ends up being taking 440 days. Access difficult to Jacksonville Landing, 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 proposes Zona and Associates redevelopment plans with three-phases. Multiple drafts presented, Mayor Peyton stops redevelopment plans.
Rouse sells Jacksonville Landing, since City of Jacksonville uncooperative. Sleiman Enterprises buys 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 $3 million.
3rd Amendment to Lease – City of Jacksonville’s garage obligation reduced to 600 spaces – incl Water Street Garage.
Jacksonville Landing opens – Rouse invested $37.5 million.
2nd Amendment to Lease – 800-space parking garage obligation reconfirmed.
Disposition, Development & Lease signed – 800 space garage promised by City of Jacksonville.
City of Jacksonville selects Rouse for Jacksonville Landing development.
City of Jacksonville put out Request for Proposal for Landing development.