Lake Worth plans to recoup attorney fees over Gulfstream lawsuit

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LAKE WORTH — The lawsuit filed against the city over building heights and the $70 million Gulfstream Hotel renovation project may be dead, the legal saga isn’t over.

The city, after all, had to spend money defending the lawsuit. Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell at Tuesday’s City Commission meeting wondered how much the city shelled out.

City Attorney Glen Torcivia said he didn’t know the exact dollar amount. But he did know the city would be filing a motion seeking to recoup attorney fees and court costs.

“Court costs are relatively easy to recover and it’s usually a very small amount,” he said. “Attorney’s fees are harder to recover. My (best estimate) is that attorney fees were $25,000.”

Maxwell echoed what many residents have been saying after the suit was dismissed last week.

“I’m hoping now the folks that own the Gulfstream Hotel will understand they have a clear path to redeveloping the hotel,” Maxwell said.

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