After nearly 18 months of legal battles and turmoil in Wellington, Fla., Equestrian Sport Productions has conditionally accepted the Equestrian Village resolutions approved by the Wellington Village Council on Oct. 22.
The only conditions to the acceptance are slight modifications to the language clarified and voted on by the council at the meeting. The Master Plan Amendment approves the additional entrance and exit off Pierson Road, allowing for access to the Equestrian Village by exhibitors, horse trailers and others. And the Compatibility Determination grants approval for the site to operate as a year-round, permanent commercial equestrian arena.
ESP’s acceptance of the resolutions is one of the final steps in the settlement agreement with the village. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, says WEP managing partner Mark Bellissimo, the litigation between ESP and the village will be dismissed, and the legal battles will be over.
“The resolution as clarified is a great victory for the Village of Wellington, the Equestrian Community, and our partnership,” said Bellissimo. “I thank the council for its leadership in passing the master plan and conditional use resolutions and their concern for safety in allowing us to modify the current special use permit to allow for use of Pierson Road for the upcoming season. I hope that the parties on all sides of these issues will now focus their energy on continuing to build this great community.”
The 2014 Global Dressage Festival will operate at the Equestrian Village property under a special use permit as the permanent improvements approved through the new resolutions phase in.