Mayor: City has no intention of terminating Jaguars' lease | News
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After receiving a letter from the City of Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan on Thursday asking the city to withdraw a lease default letter, Mayor Alvin Brown promptly wrote back and said the city does not want to terminate the Jaguars' lease.
"Let me be crystal clear: the City of Jacksonville has absolutely no intention whatsoever of terminating its lease with the Jacksonville Jaguars," Brown wrote in a response to Khan.
The Jaguars were accused by the city of violating its lease agreement after choosing SMG as EverBank Field's facilities manager, and General Counsel Cindy A. Laquidara sent a lease default letter to Jaguars' General Counsel Sashi Brown, stating the lease requires the city's and Jaguars' mutual selection regarding selecting a facilities manager.
After Khan's letter was sent, Laquidara wrote a letter to Jaguars President Mark Lamping stating she has withdrawn the notice of default.
The initial letter to Brown, Jaguars owner Shad Khan said the city was in violation of the lease agreement after it tried to open up requests for proposals to find other facilities managers.
Read Khan's letter to Brown (via FCN news partner The Florida Times-Union)
Khan said in the letter that the Jaguars tried to keep the city's violation of the lease agreement quiet and out of the media.
"Immediately upon our advising the City of our recommended selection, your lawyer delivered to the Jaguars organization a default letter putting in motion a termination of our lease," Khan wrote.
Khan had said if the lease default letter was not withdrawn, it could put the Jaguars future in Jacksonville in jeopardy.
"If the default letter is indeed only the sentiment of your lawyer and not your thoughts toward the continued activities of the Jaguars in Jacksonville, I would request that the default letter of May 25, 2012, be withdrawn immediately," Khan wrote in the letter.
"Failing withdrawal of the default letter I must assume the City intends to proceed with the default and termination of our lease. As previously stated we are not in a position to take any action to "cure" a nonexistent default."