Judge Rules in City's Favor Regarding Coliseum Demolition Delay

A visiting district court judge has ruled in favor of the City of Corpus Christi in a lawsuit against several individuals for delaying demolition of the Memorial Coliseum.

The judgement came from District Court Judge Martha Huerta on Wednesday. It will require the group called Friends of the Coliseum, along with George E. Clower, Akbar Abba, Gerald Sansing, Bruce Olson and Lillian S. Waldbeser, to pay the City $30,000 for causing the delay.

In a press release from the City of Corpus Christi, City Attorney Carlos Valdez expressed satisfaction at the ruling, saying that the "city considered their lawsuit frivolous and costly to taxpayers."

Friends of the Coliseum is a non-profit group that delayed the demotion of the Memorial Coliseum in 2010, citing the structure's historic significance. A court of appeals reversed the ruling allowing for the delay in May of 2010, clearing the way for demolition.


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