In January of 2013, I became the subject of a SLAPP Suit filed by the Lake Point rockpit people. That’s a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation. It’s something that developers do to shut down public discussion through fear of massive legal fees.

If you want to know about the owner of Lake Point, google “George Lindemann, Jr.”  He has an interesting history.

If you want to know about the grandiose claims for the project which is being marketed to Asian investors, go to: www.AmericanVentureSolutions.com/eb5project2.html

The project originally claimed to be a polo club. Then it claimed to be the key to saving the Everglades and the Indian River Lagoon. Then they said it would sell water to utilities from Palm Beach County to Dade County.

I have loudly and publicly pointed out that it doesn’t save the Everglades or the Lagoon.

In 2011 when sales of rock fell, Lake Point decided they wanted to sell water. The contract with SFWMD does not mention selling water.Lake Point is now claiming that everyone knew that they always planned to transfer water from Lake Okeechobee through its Martin County rockpit and sell it to cities further south.

Lake Point is suing SFWMD because they say it is a breach of contract not to let them sell water.

They are suing Martin County because the County is enforcing its land development regulations. Lake Point claims they are exempt.

They are suing me for “tortious interference” because they claim that I made the Water Management District and the County ask questions about their project.

My legal bills to date are well over $100,000./ I expect Mr. Lindemann's lawyers have charged him well over $1,000,000 by now.

I started a legal defense fund so I can continue to defend myself and continue to speak out about things that hurt the environment and hurt taxpayers.

In case I die and they can't sue me anymore, or I actually raise more money than is necessary, the Trust document for the Fund states: "Upon payment of all of my accrued legal expenses, any excess funds remaining in the Trust Fund shall be disbursed only to the Trustee or manager of a similar fund established for a similar purpose, that is, to pay for the legal defense of any person named as a defendant in a SLAPP suit associated with an environmental issue or to an organization that has as its primary function the defense of environmental issues or activities."

In the 2014 county commission elections Lake Point gave$150,000 in campaign contributions to try to get their candidates elected. They lost. I’m proud of Martin County.

Someone has to stand up to bullies with too much money and not enough sense.

Donations can be mailed to:   Maggy’s SLAPP-Back Fund,  PO Box 891,  Stuart, Fl.  34995

No donation is too small.

Thank you,

Maggy Reno Hurchalla              mhurchalla@ hotmail.com