Billionaire Howard Lutnik sues Southampton zoning board for $56 million

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  1. MutteringJohn

    MutteringJohn Well-Known Member

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    Denied by board to build a basketball court and barn on his property. I can understand denying him a barn but a basketball court. What is the difference between a tennis court and a basketball court. I even think a barn should be allowed. You could design a rustic barn or something that the Pennsylvania Dutch would build. It would add to the charm of the property. I know it's bothered Stern for years that he can't build a stall for Beth. She makes a mess in the house and they have to have grooms come in to clean it up.

    Cantor Fitzgerald CEO Howard Lutnick has launched a $56 million lawsuit after his plans to build a basketball court and barn on his sprawling property in the Hamptons were rejected.
    The billionaire is furious after the zoning, planning, and farming advisory boards refused to allow the development on the 40-acre Bridgehampton property he bought in 2003 for $15 million.

    To display the extent of his wrath for the Southampton Town municipal boards, he's launched two separate federal lawsuits against not only the boards but their individual members, according to The New York Post.
    'He's basically saying this is war - he's had enough,' one of the sued parties told The Post.
    'When you own a property like that you don't like to be told what you can or can't do on it.'

    The source described the unusual act of going after board members as 'intimidation. Plain and simple.'
    It's not unusal for the boards to be sued as a whole when rich Hampton homeowners don't get their way when it comes to zoning.

    The finance boss filed a $36 million suit against the zoning board last week in Eastern District federal court for the basketball rejection specifically.
    He claims in the suit that his purchase of the land gives him the land rights to a single-family home and 'recreational' uses.

    But the zoning board said no.
    'It is our position that a basketball court is not a compatible recreational use of an agriculturally protected area,' Devitt Spellman Barrett attorney David Arntsen told The Post.
    The multimillion dollar suit came on the back of a $20 million one Lutnick filed against the Southampton Town planning board and farming advisory board earlier this year, taking aim at the rejection of a sizable barn.

    The boards claimed a proposed 11,200 square-foot barn was too big and would only be approved if it was reduced to just 2,400 square-foot.

    According to the New York Daily News, Lutnick did downsize the structure and offered to move it to a different location on the estate.

    Lutnick's lawyer David Neufeld told the Daily News the officials were being 'unbelievable.'

    'If you're offended by a basketball court 40 acres away, there aren't many places on Suffolk County that you could live,' Neufeld said.

    'It's pretty unbelievable what they (Southampton officials) can do.'

    The mansion on the property includes a swimming pool, spa and tennis court. The banking boss also wanted to build a 3-acre apple orchard, and a vineyard.

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  2. DuckDong

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    Rich guy got his vagina bruised by being told no.

    Sorry sucker they have zoning boards for a reason.
     
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    Stall for Beth :jj: And I thought he would sell that place.
     
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    They're afraid a basketball court might attract the "wrong element".
     
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    Im sure this is just his lawyers spin... The basketball court probably had lights, etc. .

    Zoning is what keeps areas nice... if you don't have zoning laws, you have Houston, or South Carolina.
     
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    white jews can't jump
     
  7. MutteringJohn

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    Another view of his home. The tennis court has lights. I don't think that is the issue. He has tacky copy of Robert Indiana, "Love" sculpture in his yard.

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    just use the tennis court for the dual purpose of basketball, ya cunt!
     
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    I wonder if you can put it indoors. Probably be cheaper than lawyers to build an extension and throw in a court.
     
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    What bugs me about this is, they let him have the tennis court, and that tacky baseball field. So why not the basketball court? If the lights at night are keeping the Wig and his rich friends up, who cares?
     
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    For all we know he wanted his b=ball court in one of those inflatable bubbles..

    good call by the neighbors to stop a basketball court... I guarentee you that he would be the first to bitch if one of his neighbors tried to do something with their property
     
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    My uncle put a synthetic ice rink in his back yard this past month and his neighbor is pissed. But he told him to fuck off. :hhh:
     
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    Itrelevant: it's an arbitrary decision as they did not use it to prevent the construction of the tennis court. By not applying their zoning rule equally they nullified it and set precedence.
     
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    "Howard Lutnick"

    Oy vey!
     
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    rich jew probs.
     
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    Yep, he should've just built it and then he could've used his millions to prevent anything from ever being done about it...
     
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    done a lot of research on this case huh, or are you just talking out of your ass? You sure that stuff was not pre-existing?
     
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    You gotta look at it from their point of view. They probably have every Rich old geizer going to the board threatening to sue them if they allow the guy to build the basketball court. Damned if they do, damned if they dont.