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The partition suit centers on 2.3 acres of recreational property in the 17-acre, shuttered resort.
Longboat Key Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 3 years ago

Colony Lender files partition suit against Adams

by: Robin Hartill Managing Editor

Colony Lender LLC is seeking a partition action to obtain the 5% interest in the 2.3-acre recreational property at the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort that Andy Adams’ Breakpointe LLC currently owns.

Colony Lender LLC filed a lawsuit yesterday in the 12th Judicial Circuit Court that states the partition of the property is necessary “due to the divergent interests of the parties and their interests and intended purposes for the Subject Property.”

“When people own real estate together and have no written agreement, they are just co-tenants, but Florida law has a partition mechanism to allow them to go their separate ways and not be tied together forever,” Siegal told the Longboat Observer last month. “This mechanism prevents land being held in abeyance forever.”

Siegal said when land can’t be divided equally, a partition action can force parties to bid on the property in question.

“One of the parties will bid higher and acquire the property,” Siegal said.

The bid would be based on the percentage of property owned.

Colony Lender previously owned a 15% interest in the recreational property. But its stake in the property increased to 95% following a July 14 auction in Sarasota County Court in which it won a bid for another 80% interest in the 2.3-acre property, plus 100% ownership of the restaurant complex and the former penthouse office of longtime Colony owner Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber.

Orlando-based Unicorp National Development Inc. has an agreement to purchase Colony Lender’s resort assets.

Adams could not immediately be reached for comment.

For more information, pick up a Sept. 4 issue of the Longboat Observer.

Contact Robin Hartill at [email protected].

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