Town em­broiled in ten­nis court fight

Court rules in fa­vor of res­i­dent who sued neigh­bor af­ter coun­cil’s ap­proval of plans.

Palm Beach Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By WIL­LIAM KELLY

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-

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