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Baseball complex owner sues three
By JACKIE RIPLEY
© St. Petersburg Times, published March 19, 2000
KEYSTONE -- A dispute about a baseball complex on Crescent Road heated up this month when the field's owner sued three of his neighbors.
In a lawsuit filed in Hillsborough Circuit Court, Chuck Fest and CWF Investments allege that Suzanne Moore, Gayle Bradley and Lynda Vaughn are trying to shut his business down. The suit seeks unspecified damages in excess of $15,000.
Using phrases such as "willful and wanton disregard for the property rights of CWF," the suit alleges that Moore, Bradley and Vaughn interfered with a business relationship and slandered CWF.
Fest's attorney Steven Moore declined comment about the lawsuit.
Vaughn declined to comment. Bradley could not be reached for comment.
Moore said she has never met Fest or Bradley. She said the only action she took in regard to the complex was to call a county official with some questions. She was also quoted once in a St. Petersburg Times story about the issue. She called the lawsuit a surprise.
The women contend that lights from the field are illuminating their yards and noise from the field is spooking neighboring horses. At least one of them contacted county code enforcement officials about the conditions.
Problems started late last year when Fest, an investor in Rebound Sports, a youth camp company that leases nearby Camp Keystone, purchased the fields, where he teaches baseball. The complex includes four batting cages, a pitching instruction area and six pitching mounds. The Tampa Bay Raiders, a competitive youth baseball team, also plays at the field.
County officials inspected the property after neighbors complained about nighttime activity, bright lights and noise. They cited violations such as unpermitted signs, batting cages too close to the property line, and illuminated fields in the evening.
Fest agreed to take down the signs and move the cages. His attorney is asking the county to reconsider use of lights at the field. That request is pending, Moore said.
-- Jackie Ripley can be reached at (813) 226-3468 or email@example.com.
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