April 23, 2024
Entrance to Sea World with 100-foot-long iconic wave Picture by Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld

Town of San Diego sued SeaWorld Thursday for allegedly failing to pay greater than $12.2 million in hire, late charges, and curiosity.

The lawsuit follows a pledge to maneuver ahead with litigation if SeaWorld didn’t pay again hire and different penalties by Wednesday.

SeaWorld has argued the funds had been waived as a result of the theme park was compelled to close down for months at a time in the course of the pandemic, whereas metropolis officers say hire was solely deferred.

A consultant for SeaWorld stated the corporate didn’t have something so as to add relating to Thursday’s submitting aside from its earlier publicly launched assertion on the matter: “Whereas as a matter of coverage we don’t touch upon potential litigation, we now have loved a protracted relationship with town and stay hopeful that we will resolve this matter. Now we have partnered with town for practically 60 years — conducting hundreds of animal rescues, quite a few recycling drives and lots of different occasions. We even have paid greater than $146 million in lease funds to town of San Diego since 2010. We recognize all town has finished and we stay up for addressing this example.”

The criticism filed in San Diego Superior Courtroom states SeaWorld has underpaid hire between Jan. 1, 2019, and April 30, 2022.

Based on the San Diego Metropolis Legal professional’s Workplace, SeaWorld’s minimal hire funds whole $10.4 million yearly, plus a 3% surcharge underneath the phrases of its lease.

“Though some 800 organizations have related lease agreements with town, SeaWorld is the one main metropolis lessee that has remained in default of its hire obligations because the pandemic started,” in line with a Metropolis Legal professional’s Workplace assertion.

The San Diego Metropolis Council voted 8-0 in Might to authorize litigation.

“Town has a proper to anticipate extra from a 60-year partnership that has confirmed fairly profitable for SeaWorld,” stated San Diego Metropolis Legal professional Mara Elliott. “Metropolis taxpayers — lots of whom are legitimately struggling to get well from the worldwide pandemic — shouldn’t have to soak up SeaWorld’s money owed and liabilities. We consider a court docket of legislation will agree.”

— Metropolis Information Service