LC Port served with Pinnacle lawsuit

By Theresa Schmidt - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - They knew it was coming and now the Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District has been officially served with the lawsuit from PNK Pinnacle Entertainment which operates L'Auberge du Lac Casino Resort.

The suit stems from the port board's decision to try to get another gaming company to locate on port property that Pinnacle had once planned to use for the Sugarcane Bay development.  In April,  Pinnacle advised the Louisiana Gaming Control Board it was canceling its project to develop the site and surrendered the license to the state.

Pinnacle wants the court to stop the port from allowing any other entity to lease the fifty acres where Sugarcane Bay would have been located. Pinnacle says it will suffer irreparable harm if it's deprived of the ability to develop the fifty acres.  As well, Pinnacle accuses the port of  breach of contract.

The Port of Lake Charles recently announced three other companies are interested in developing the site.

In the lawsuit Pinnacle says it paid the District the $5 million purchase price for the 50 acres of land out of the 234 acre site the company leases from the district.

Port Attorney Mike Dees says, "I am still reviewing the various allegations and the agreements involved in the suit. Any decision is-of course- up to the Judge-but I am very comfortable that his decision will agree with my view that there is no merit to the allegations.

Copyright 2010 KPLC. All rights reserved.