Omni violates court order, bulldozes 16th hole bunker Amelia Island Club seeks contempt charges against resort

By Mike Lednovich, Editor & Publisher

The Amelia Island Club claims The Omni Resort ignored a Nassau County Court injunction barring any further demolition of the Ocean Links Golf Course by bulldozing one of the few bunkers left intact.

The 16th hole at Ocean Links.

In court papers filed Feb. 2, The Amelia Island Club is seeking the court to hold The Omni in contempt of court and to have the resort pay a daily fine for each day until the bunker on the 16th hole is restored to its original condition.

Last Nov. 12, The Omni began an unannounced demolition of the Ocean Links Course destroying all of the greens and 90 percent of the course bunkers.

The Amelia Island Club, claiming The Omni was violating its contract with the club to provide two 18-hole championship golf courses, won a temporary injunction blocking The Omni from conducting any further demolition work.

Both parties agree in late December to the Omni putting down sod on areas that had been cleared to prevent flooding and potential hazardous areas to hotel guests.

However, the court said, “The injunction order otherwise remains in full force and effect. Omni remains enjoined from further removing holes or bunkers, or other demolishing or altering the condition of the course grounds.”

A bulldozer demolishing the 16th hole bunker from court files.

The Amelia Island Club said on Jan. 24, Omni workers had cleared debris from the bunker halfway up the right side of the 16th fairway, “thus leaving the  bunker intact and in pristine condition.”

A day later, The Club said the “Omni brought heavy equipment onto the 16th hole and leveled the bunker.”

The club provided before and after photos of the bunker in their court filing.

“The Omni then intentionally destroyed the bunker, in direct contravention of the injunction order,” the contempt motion stated.

The motion asks the court for the Omni to restore the bunker to its original condition while also paying Amelia Island Club attorney’s fees and imposing a daily fine the court deems appropriate for each day the Omni fails to complete the restoration of the bunker.

A hearing has been set for June 5 before Nassau County Court Judge Steven Fahlgren on the motion to hold The Omni in contempt.



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