Riponites anxious to see the lawsuit between the city of Ripon and Boca Grande Capital LLC come to a speedy end should not get their hopes up.
It appears the trail may be delayed as many as six months.
Though it continues to be slated for a late-June/early July window and to last two weeks, City Attorney Lud Wurtz explained late last week it’s unlikely to occur at that time.
“I think there is communication being considered about resetting dates for trial,” he said, later clarifying that “pushing it back” is being considered.
He added that attorneys for both the city and Boca are in “dialogue” on the issue at this time.
“This would be something that is being discussed between counsel for the various parties ...,” Wurtz said, declining to say which party is asking for the delay. “Nothing set in stone; nothing changed as of this minute, but there is dialogue.”
How far back will it be pushed?
“Toward the end of the year, and perhaps into the next ...,” Wurtz said.
The lawsuit was initiated in February last year by the city after Boca Grande failed to make good on scheduled payments and planned projects related to a multi-million-dollar redevelopment of downtown Ripon.
Specifically, the city of Ripon is suing Boca’s development arm, Ripon Renew, for “unspecified damages” after failing to complete its downtown projects.
The complaint filed specifies the city seeks an amount “the court may deem just and equitable under the circumstances.”