The St. John’s Port Authority’s (SJPA) efforts to dismiss a $10-million lawsuit filed by the owner of the Scademia schooner have failed.
Scademia tour boat owner and operator Charlie Anonsen (centre) and his co-applicant Ellen Turpin (left) chat with lawyer Douglas Lutz of Wolfville, N.S., during a recess break at the judicial review of the decision made by the St. John’s Port Authority to refuse permission for the tour boat to operate out of St. John’s harbour. At far right is Kyle Mercer, project and media and communications manager for Anonsen’s company Adventure Tours Inc. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram
The Federal Court of Appeal upheld two previous Federal Court decisions granting Adventure Tours Inc. the right to proceed with a lawsuit filed in March 2012.
The company could not secure a lease to dock at Pier 7 in 2006 after SJPA introduced a new policy limiting the number of tour boat operators permitted to dock there. SJPA was already at capacity. Adventure Tours terminated its lease the year before, but contends it informed SJPA it wished to retain a renewal right for the following season.
Up until then, the Scademia had been a fixture of St. John’s harbour since 1986.
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