Vero Beach wins lawsuit against Barth, Croom over old diesel plant

Vero Beach's original power plant, and old diesel facility, is to be converted into a craft brewery.
Vero Beach’s original power plant, and old diesel facility, is to be converted into a craft brewery.

MARK SCHUMANN

Local developers Phil Barth and Charles Croom, and their company, B-B Redevelopment lost their legal battle with the City of Vero Beach over breach of contracts charges and claims of unpaid rent stemming from a leas Barth and Croom had on the Old Diesel Plant located next to the railroad tracks in downtown.

Seminole County judge, John Galluzzo, ruled in the City’s favor, leaving Barth and Croom liable for attorney’s fees and and estimated $130,00 in back rent.  Judge Galluzzo was appointed to preside of the case when the judges of the 19th circuit all recessed themselves.  Groom’s wife, Janet Croom, is a judge in the circuit.

The old power plant is now owned by Ft. Lauderdale developer, Michael Rechter, who both it for  $500,000 and is converting the site into a craft brewery.

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