Our attorney, Jane West, responded to the news of PVC's Motion:
"This is a strongly-worded Motion that reflects the desperation of a party that isn't getting it's way. Obviously they are not pleased with the County's position on the matter and instead of accepting the common sense rules that apply to everyone else and going to public hearing, they are digging in their heels over a footnote that hardly provides the free-wheeling escape from the Comprehensive Plan that they are seeking. The notion that St. Johns County staff is somehow acting defiantly in pursuit of some hidden agenda is nonsensical. Ponte Vedra Corporation has never had an issue obtaining variances or land use changes in the past – but here, they simply refuse to accept that they have to play by the same rules that every other property owner in the county is subject to.
The Judge was very clear (see page 36 of the transcript) – he chose to hold the case in abeyance and let the parties decided whether or not they want to have a hearing under the CURRENT Comp Plan. They chose NOT to do so, despite the Court making it clear that the administrative process is where this matter belongs. Again and again, PVC sought to wretch out of the County a determination that the County did not feel was appropriate or warranted. PVC, displeased with that determination, opted not to have a public hearing that would engage the public and ran back to the Court."