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Over the last six days, many have given or shared their opinions over the City’s emergency ex parte motion to appoint a receiver to oversee the Coral Gables Country Club and forcefully remove the tenants of the Club, Coral Grand, LLC.
Both the City and Coral Grand, LLC have been clear about where they stand on the issue.
The City has stated that it had no choice to take this action based on what it felt was an imminent threat of destruction of property and documents. Coral Grand, LLC has stated that it was still working on negotiating the sale of its assets to the City the day the receivership motion was made by the City.
For months, tensions between both sides had been escalating and on April 12th, the City requested receiver took over the club. Or so residents were lead to believe.
Receiver Allows Tenants To Remain
The fact is, Coral Grand, LLC and its team are still running the Country Club and operating it under the supervision of a representative of the receiver, former Circuit Judge Joel Brown.
The City had made strong accusations in its motion that Coral Grand, LLC and its owners, the Di Donato family, would destroy documents and property if they were not removed from the Club prior to their May 30th end of lease date. The City argued that out of a need to protect assets on behalf of residents, the City had to take this emergency action ex parte (without participation or knowledge by the other party).
Apparently, the receiver did not see this as imminent a threat as City Manager Peter Iglesias and City Attorney Miriam Soler Ramos, who have spent thousands in hiring multiple firms to represent the City in this case.
Additionally, on Friday, the receiver’s representative sent the City an email stating that “the Receiver would like to cancel the off duty plain-clothed officer presence.” Another measure that had been taken to protect the files and property.
Questions About The Entered Order
A search of the case records shows that the Judge’s order has not yet been made available to the public as of time of publishing. Gables Insider secured a copy by making a public record request of the City.
Unlike most orders issued by the Court, this order does not provide the name of the Judge who entered the order, the case number, the date and time stamp showing when it was entered or a red stamp stating that no further judicial action is required.
Receiver Wants Club Operating As Usual
The receiver has made it clear that he wants the Club operating as usual. In a prior email to the City, the receiver asked that the City “inform them [police officers parked outside the club] that they should not have their flashing lights on.” He also stated that these officers have a clear message, that “the club is fully operational and open for business to serve the City and its citizens as usual.”
The Court has given a Thursday hearing date for the tenant’s motion to dissolve the receivership.