Town embroiled in tennis court fight
Court rules in favor of resident who sued neighbor after council’s approval of plans.
The town has found itself on the losing side, so far, of a legal match between two oceanfront estate owners at odds over one’s plan to build tennis courts.
A court has ruled in favor of a resident who sued the town and a neighbor over approval of plans for the courts.
Lawyers for Lamia Jacobs of 100 Emerald Beach Way have said neighbor Margaret B. Thornton’s tennis courts at 1236 S. Ocean Blvd. would be a noisy “eyesore” and “create security issues.”
The two neighbors have traded lawsuits in the past, dating back at least to 2014, when Margaret and John Thornton filed suit demanding that Jacobs tear down a concrete sea wall that blocked their beach access.
The town is asking the Palm Beach County Circuit appellate court to reconsider its Aug. 30 ruling voiding a Town Council decision and sending the tennis court case back to the town for review.
The judges said the council “failed to rely on competent, substantial evidence” when it denied an appeal, by 100 Emerald Beach Way LC, of the Architectural Commission’s approval of Thornton’s application to build the ten-