September 18, 2019

KEY LARGO — The Key Largo Lighthouse Beach Weddings request to stay has been denied again.

Owners of the improperly-zoned business, Thurmond Street Partners, argued that the cease-and-desist order placed on the venue and barring it from booking further weddings beyond Aug. 31 while it appeals the judge’s ruling against it would likely cause foreclosure of the properties.

The business, operating illegally in a suburban-residential zone, filed its latest request during a hearing on the merits of the appeal of the special magistrate’s final order filed last year.

Special Magistrate Judge John Van Laningham at that time also denied Lighthouse Beach’s effort to continue booking weddings, as did Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Koenig a few months later and again last week.

Monroe County attorneys could seek relief for up to $15,000 if Lighthouse Beach Weddings violates the ruling.

Meanwhile, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is seeking financial relief from Thurmond Street Partners for infringing on state property. The venue has been ordered to restore damaged shoreline mangroves and remove sand from government-owned property.

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