Dunn Deal: Palisades Tennis Membership proprietor says negotiations on hire revived

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Dunn Deal: Palisades Tennis Club owner says negotiations on lease revived


After Palisades Tennis Membership contributors have been steered to wash out their lockers and get ready for eviction, an 11th-hour settlement with the owner is protecting the venerable Newport Seaside membership open – for now.

It was once the second one time in six months by which the land proprietor, Russ Fluter, demanded that the membership vacate the valuables, best to modify his thoughts and make allowance trade to proceed as same old.

Individuals of the Palisades Membership, previously the John Wayne Tennis Membership and a neighborhood fixture since 1974, have been ready to look their membership lowered from 16 tennis courts to 6, whilst being compelled to desert the two-story clubhouse. Membership proprietor Eric Davidson stated a modular construction would change the clubhouse and adjoining Hyatt Regency renewed its hire with Palisades, permitting the membership to stay open, regardless of the elimination of 10 tennis courts.

However overdue Friday, Davidson issued the next commentary to the membership’s 500 contributors: “Now we have gained excellent information in that some last-minute negotiations have spread out between Mr. Russ Fluter and Palisades Tennis Membership with the potential of a 10-year extension on Mr. Fluter’s belongings. We can, after all, stay you up to the moment and percentage the growth of those negotiations the instant we obtain phrase. Clearly, we can now not be evicted on Monday and we can have a while to barter this newest revelation.”

The membership, which has been running below new possession since Jan. 1, sits on two separate parcels of land – one owned via the Hyatt Regency and the opposite via native actual property developer Fluter, who stated previous within the week: “After cautious attention and negotiations with Palisades Tennis Membership, lets now not renew the hire. We’re exploring choices to create a sustainable, long-term parking answer for the two.eight acres of land, which recently features a 9,000-square foot construction, and intend to hire the valuables and care for it for leisure use.”

Fluter was once now not in an instant to be had for remark following Davidson’s announcement of the overdue settlement  on Feb. 28.

In August, Fluter issued a an identical declaration to Palisades, however the membership were given a reprieve after contributors flooded his place of work with letters and get in touch with calls in a plea to increase its long-term flooring hire.

Davidson had stated in a prior letter to Palisades contributors earlier than the Feb. 28 replace {that a} modular construction could be used to supply “as many full-facility products and services as we will be able to organize, together with a pub, social house, and loo amenities” and  that “Palisades contributors will proceed to experience reciprocity with the Hyatt Regency Newport Seaside giving get admission to to its swimming pools, exercise facility and eating places.”

Different native tennis golf equipment have been ready to grasp up Palisades contributors.

On Feb. 27, The Tennis Membership at Newport Seaside Nation Membership launched an e mail blast announcing it has a long-term final and “has made probably the most enhancements in all classes: facility, courts, programming.” It additionally introduced to waive software and initiations charges and different reductions.

Richard Dunn, an established sportswriter, writes the Dunn Deal column steadily for The Orange County Sign in’s weekly, The Coastal Present North.



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