Destin fishing fleet gets involved in park lawsuit – The Northwest Florida Daily News
The fleet wants to join the city of Destin in fighting the lawsuit brought by Dewey Destin in October.
By Annie Blanks | 315-4450 | @DestinLogAnnie | [email protected]
The Destin Fishing Fleet has filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit brought by Dewey Destin’s company, BI Inc., against the city of Destin over use of the Royal Melvin Park property.
Destin filed the lawsuit in October after the city fenced off an easement that his employees had been using to access a parking lot so the city can move forward with building a park on the property.
The Destin Fishing Fleet wants to join the city of Destin to fight Destin in the lawsuit, arguing that the park the city intends to build will benefit the fleet, and that Destin using the lot for his business purposes is in violation of the law.
“The present use of (Destin’s) restaurant property, together with the commercial waterfront lease, far overuses the ability of the parcel to accommodate necessary parking, and is illegal under prior and current city codes,” a court motion filed Nov. 4th by fleet attorney Mike Chesser read. “The overflow parking from (Destin’s) property not presently accommodated by the City park property comes onto and uses parking spaces that exist legally on Fleet property.”
According to the motion, the city had planned to build restroom facilities on the park property when it purchased the land in 2010, which the fleet agreed would benefit city visitors and, by extension, fleet customers.
“The city of Destin has cooperated wonderfully for the (harbor boardwalk) and for the businesses along the harbor, and they simply have to make adequate arrangements for their own parking,” said Chesser. “Every business has to have responsibility for that, including Mr. Destin.”
Dewey Destin had not returned a