By Mike Lednovich, Editor/Publisher
Linkside Villas Condominium owners have asked a Nassau County Judge to include them in a lawsuit against the Omni Resort, claiming the demolition of the Ocean Links Golf Course by the Omni will adversely impact their property values.
In a motion to intervene filed Dec. 7 by Jacksonville attorney Charles Pillan, 37 condo owners are seeking to be included in the November lawsuit filed by the Amelia Island Club against The Omni to halt the demolition of Ocean Links. The Amelia Club claims The Omni is in violation of its agreement with the club which states The Omni agreed to provide two championship caliber golf courses. The Omni began demolishing Ocean Links without notice in early November. That work was stopped days later when The Club won a temporary injunction against The Omni to prevent any further damage to the golf course.
Linkside Villa owners claim in their motion that their units “and the common grounds which abut and overlook have an expansive view of several links (holes) of the Ocean Links course and Red Maple Lake between them.” The motion argues “the closing and demolition of Ocean Links would have a direct and immediate adverse affect on the property values and the use and enjoyment of the property owned by the (Linkside Villas) Associations’ members and they have common interest in this matter in that they will either gain or lose by direct legal operation and effect of any judgement entered in this action.”
In seeking to join the lawsuit, Linkside owners said they have no intention of raising any issues with the court that are not already stated in the Amelia Island Club lawsuit.
The preliminary injunction against The Omni remains in effect until all parties appear before a mediator. A date has yet to be set to determine the future of the Ocean Links Course.