Case of Palmetto's attempted, eminent-domain taking is to the judge: Bradenton FL Herald, 2/28/07

By Carl Mario Nudi

An early test of a new state eminent-domain law is now in the hands of a judge.

Attorneys for the owners of the Olympia Theater and the city of Palmetto presented final arguments Wednesday to Circuit Judge Peter Dubensky - both seeking control of the quiet entertainment venue.

At stake is who will own the historic building in Palmetto's downtown area on 10th Avenue West.

Cindy and Joel Jarvis purchased the theater from the city in 1995 for $1 and have renovated it, but have failed to open it to the public.

The city decided to proceed with an eminent domain taking and use the building for public recreation.

Dubensky did not say when he would issue his ruling in the legal case, which was heard in a Bradenton court Monday.

Bradenton FL Herald: http://www.bradenton.com