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.

“They left us no other position but to file a lawsuit,” Premier Parks Chairman and CEO Kieran Burke told The Real Deal. “Aside from not having the opportunity to bid on the project, we don’t understand how the city would not follow the legal requirements of its own charter to secure the best possible park for residents of Fort Lauderdale.”

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.

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