County, Soar Minden settle lawsuit
A lawsuit filed by Soar Minden owner Tony Sabino against the Douglas County alleging breach of contract is on its way to being settled.
County commissioners are scheduled to discuss the settlement at their Thursday meeting.
The lawsuit was set to go to trial on Feb. 21 in district court.
Under the terms of the agreement, Sabino will sell his remaining leases, the 2,240-square-foot office building at Minden-Tahoe Airport, and release his claims in exchange for $192,000.
Sabino sued the county in December 2010 after Soar Minden was shut down during the summer. He was an outspoken opponent of the county’s new airport ordinance approved in November 2010, claiming that the rules would put him out of business.
Sabino sold aviation fuel as a fixed base operator since Aug. 8, 2001. He operated Soar Minden for 20 years.
Prior to publicly opposing the airport ordinance, Sabino suggested the county pay him $850,000 to take over his business.
In a press release issued jointly by Sabino and the county, he said the settlement is a fair resolution to the case.
“I have enjoyed my years of operating a successful business in one of the premier glider locations in the world,” he said.
County Manager Steve Mokrohisky said the agreement is in the best interests of the county.
“The location of the office building is strategic in our goal to transform Minden-Tahoe Airport into a world destination for soaring and sport aviation,” he said. “We have made a lot of positive progress recently and we will continue to ensure that the Minden-Tahoe Airport reflects our rural character as a vibrant, self-sustaining and economically vital part of our community.”
Mokrohisky said the settlement money will come from a special lost provision reserve fund established to pay claims greater than the county’s insurance coverage or any uncovered claims.