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Surf park lawsuit emerges from county pipeline

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis County has harshed Nland Surf Park’s buzz. Last week, after coming out of executive session, the Commissioners Court voted 4-0 to file a civil lawsuit against the park’s parent company, Austin Park, LLC. Commissioner Gerald Daugherty was absent for the vote. At the heart of the county’s dispute with the surf park is a disagreement over the meaning of the word “pool.” As we reported in April, the surf park developers contend that their massive man-made lagoon is, in fact, not a pool and therefore should not be regulated as such. The court’s resolution authorizing County Attorney David Escamilla to file the suit states bluntly that “Austin Park, LLC, is building a public swimming pool.” The suit places extra uncertainty over the surf park’s opening, which has already been delayed due to a construction accident and inclement weather.

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