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Coconut Grove Station Development, Ltd. v. Miami-Dade County

Florida Court of Appeal, Third District

December 21, 2011

COCONUT GROVE STATION DEVELOPMENT, LTD., Appellant,
v.
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Appellee.

An Appeal from the Circuit Court for Miami-Dade County, Lester Langer, Judge.

Crabtree & Associates, P.A., and John G. Crabtree and George R. Baise, Jr.; and W. Stephen Lorenzo, for appellant.

R.A. Cuevas, Jr., Miami-Dade County Attorney, and Jason Bloch, Assistant County Attorney, for appellee.

Before WELLS, C.J., and CORTIÑ AS and ROTHENBERG, JJ.

PER CURIAM.

Coconut Grove Station Development, Ltd. (" the tenant" ) appeals a final judgment following the trial court's rulings on competing motions for partial summary judgment as to the tenant's claims against Miami-Dade County (" the County" ), and the County's counterclaim, in which the trial court ruled in favor of the County. The County's motion for summary judgment as to the lease contract and its arguments before the trial court were premised on the County's contention that it had satisfied its obligations under the lease by providing the seventeen-year-old plat. Because the trial court granted summary judgment as to the lease contract on this argument and the record does not support such a finding, we reverse the final judgment on that basis. Although we reverse the final judgment entered in the County's favor, we do not disturb the trial court's findings as it relates to the " Best Efforts" contract.[1]

CORTIÑ AS and ROTHENBERG, JJ., concur.

WELLS, C.J., (dissenting).

I respectfully dissent. I would affirm the dismissal of the tenant's contract claims under the applicable statute of limitations. See ยง 95.11(2)(b), Fla. Stat. (2009) (providing a five year limitations period for claims based on a contract); Dade Cnty. Sch. Bd. v. Radio Station WQBA,731 So.2d 638, 645 (Fla.1999) (recognizing that because the appellate court, " in considering whether to uphold or overturn a lower court's judgment, is not limited to consideration of the reasons given by the trial court," it also " ...


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