Workshop to discuss Wendler lawsuit against City

Historic City News local reporters were notified that preceding the regular meeting of the St. Augustine City Commission Monday night, City Attorney Ron Brown will address a commission workshop being held at 3:30 p.m. to discuss a claim for $3.4 million against the city by Donna and Scott Wendler.

The Wendler’s planned to build a “boutique hotel” on seven properties that they own along King and Oviedo Streets. They submitted an application for the required demolition permits needed to clear space for the new structure.

Donna and Scott Wendler claim a $3.4 million financial loss due to the city’s denial of their demolition request. They filed a Notice of Intent to Seek Relief under the Bert Harris Private Property Protection Act.

The city has to respond to their claim by November 1.

Brown says that during the Monday workshop, he will outline eleven categories of possible response, ranging from “approval of the plan or compensation” to “no change in the city’s action”.

The Wendlers and their legal counsel will also be presenting their case.

The commission will consider preparing a response at its regular meeting which begins at 5:00 p.m. in the Alcazar Room at City Hall.

Photo credits: © 2010 Historic City News photographer Kerry McGuire

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