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North Redington settles lawsuits with café owner
NORTH REDINGTON BEACH — The town of North Redington Beach on May 1 reached a settlement with John Messmore, the owner of Sweet Sage Café, regarding the last unresolved segment of Messmore’s ongoing lawsuits against the town.
Messmore filed his first lawsuit against the town on Nov. 15, 2015, over signage, the next four over seating, and this last one just settled before it was scheduled to go to a jury trial in June.
…The judge ruled that a section of the town’s business code was in violation of the Fourth Amendment, and also ordered the town to desist in warrantless inspections of Sweet Sage Café. The order to put the retaliation allegation before a jury trial meant that this wasn’t over yet.
…”Based on the court’s decision on inspections for seat counts, the commission decided the best course of action for the town was to settle the lawsuit with Sweet Sage.”
The settlement stipulates that the town of North Redington Beach will pay Messmore’s lawyers, Weber, Crab & Wein, PA, $75,000 for legal fees.
* This article written by By JEANNIE CARLSON, TBN Correspondent – Updated
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