A well placed source tells me that Judge Watson issued his ruling on the Mateel request for a preliminary injunction today.
He ruled against the injunction, which would apparently mean that Reggae Rising can now move forward unencumbered.
Details as they become available…
As promised, some details. I got a call a few minutes ago from Mateel E.D. Taunya Stapp. She was not happy about this post, in part because she learned that the judge ruled against the Mateel, but also because she feels I overstated things, first by omitting the word preliminary in my description of the injunction (correction made) and second by suggesting that Tom Dimmick and People Productions are now “unencumbered.” (For what it’s worth, I did waffle a bit by saying “apparently.”) As she pointed out, the ruling does not decide any of the issues brought up. She suggested I call the Mateel’s attorney, Bill Bragg, to have him explain what this means.
He had not seen the ruling yet, which, he explained, has to do with when his people check the mailbox at the courthouse. Dimmick’s lawyers picked up the ruling earlier in the day.
To quote Mr. Bragg regarding what it means: “It’s as clear as mud. It does not resolve any of the sustentative issues.
“If the preliminary injunction was denied, the case remains open.”
Bragg and Stapp both figure the focus may now shift to the permit. As I pointed out to Taunya, it seemed pretty clear at the first hearing that the Planning Commission does not want to make the decision about who gets to put on Reggae, nevertheless the Mateel side was adamant in stating that the permit is in their name.
Taunya contends that Reggae Rising would have to get its own permit.
Bragg agreed that the Planning Dept. does not want to rule on the question, but, he said, the Mateel could force the issue by suing the county to make them decide.
As Tanya put it, “Now we’re going to have to play hardball.”