Schlitterbahn's hopes for a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., attraction hang in the balance after a competitor has filed suit against the city.
According to a report in The Real Deal, Premier Parks of Palm Beach alleges that government officials violated the city charter by not seeking competing bids when partnering with Schlitterbahn. In its suit, the firm claims the deal mirrors another recent incident in which investigators concluded that the city officials violated state law and engaged in misconduct when it awarded Recreational Design & Construction a $32 million contract to build an aquatic complex at the Fort Lauderdale Swimming Hall of Fame.
The lawsuit is the latest obstacle Schlitterbahn reportedly has encountered in its effort to construct the waterpark in Fort Lauderdale. Until this past July, the Federal Aviation Administration, which owned part of the land, had refused to grant the city permission to let Schlitterbahn develop the property.