ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - The City of Orlando says it will file for sanctions against an attorney if a court believes a lawsuit against the soccer stadium is frivolous.
Orlando City Soccer held a ceremony on Monday to celebrate steel now rising from the ground at that site in Parramore, with team President Phil Rawlins calling this milestone a just part of a very exciting week for the team. "We are not going down anymore. We are going up, and so it's great to see."
As that work continues on the stadium, activist Lawanna Gelzer filed suit against Orlando claiming that eminent domain was improperly used to get the land for that stadium; therefore, it cannot be built. We asked Orlando City President Phil Rawlins if there was any piece of land the team still needed to purchase? "There isn't anything to buy. It's all done."
The lawsuit alleges three parcels were taken by eminent domain, and improperly given to the team. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer strongly denied that claim. "There's a frivolous lawsuit filed by one of the people that likes to see their name in the paper. We will prevail."
Meanwhile, the city sent a scathing letter Gelzer, claiming they should know the suit has no merit, and that the city will be filing for sanctions and legal fees if that suit is thrown out for lack of merit. The letter asks for the suit to be dropped.
We spoke with Gelzer, who says there is no way she will drop the suit, because it is not frivolous, and she is ready to prove that in court.