Federal Court OKs Scademia lawsuit

Andrew Robinson
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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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  • Samuel J.
    July 04, 2014 - 19:53

    Good for Anonsen. Without knowing all the particulars, the impression is that the Port Authority acted unfairly and arbitrarily. The problem is not with this agency alone but with all those crown agencies that were set up to make government less accountable. It is the public that own these assets - not the directors, the richly rewarded executives, and the party faithful. And yet - for example - when the Port Authority decided to open the waterfront to restaurants, it didn't feel the need to go out and seek the best possible bid. Instead, for reasons we can only guess, it cut a deal with one particular group for the entire development. No matter how much it is getting for the land, any first year business or economics student could tell them it was less than would be possible with a public tendering process or call for expressions of interest. Just one more example of how the public interest loses out to political expediency.

  • Guy Incognito
    July 04, 2014 - 19:11

    Go Scademia! You have been part of the waterfront for years. It's sad how the keg and other chain corporate restaurants can get permission to build downtown....but they are trying to shut down a local small business that has existed for years...