Quinn Evans, the golf club owner and architect who was forced to leave the city of Orlando after an investigation into the club’s finances, is expected to face a new legal battle on Tuesday, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Evans’ legal team had said they had filed a notice of claim against the city that would seek an injunction barring him from opening any new business or doing business with any other business that could interfere with the city’s investigation into his business.
The lawsuit is seeking an injunction preventing Evans from closing the club, which he opened in 2007, or operating a golf course in the city.
Evans has been criticized by some city officials, including Mayor Buddy Dyer, for using his power to help wealthy golfers get to the White House.
The golf club’s business model was also criticized by the city and its attorneys, who argued that it was not legitimate for a nonprofit organization like the Orlando Golf Club to make large donations to candidates in order to boost their image.
The legal battle could drag on for years.
Evans, however, is hoping to keep his businesses open.
“My business has been a success,” Evans told the Orlando-Journal Sentinel in a statement.
“It has given me and my family a chance to live out our dreams and raise our family.”
Evans has faced numerous lawsuits in recent years for business deals, including a lawsuit filed by a former employee alleging that he failed to pay her the $10,000 owed to her after she left the golf course.
The woman, Jessica Lee, filed a lawsuit alleging Evans violated her employment contract by not paying her the money, and in the latest lawsuit, Evans’ attorneys claim that the woman’s termination was “illegal” under Florida law.
In a statement to the Sentinel, Evans said that he has never engaged in fraud and that his business is a legal, tax-paying business.
“The fact that I was able to keep my business running is due to the support of all of you, my loyal customers,” Evans said.
Evans said in a separate statement that he hopes the suit will “bring an end to the negative public attention” surrounding his businesses.
“I look forward to continuing to work with my legal team to bring the City of Orlando’s case against me to a swift conclusion.”
Evans’ attorney, Brian Sussman, told the Sentinel that the lawsuit was “not about me” and said that “I do not believe it has any merit.”
The golf course was purchased by Evans for $9.9 million in 2007.
The club has faced several lawsuits in the past for its use of a tax-exempt nonprofit organization to fund its charitable work.
In one case, in 2015, the city sought a court order preventing the golf complex from operating a hotel or an office building because the nonprofit was run by the golf clubs own board.
The nonprofit, the Golf Clubs Association of America, had filed two separate lawsuits against the golf organization and the golf community, alleging that it had improperly solicited money from the golfers.
In both cases, the appeals court ruled that the city had the authority to require the nonprofit to close its doors.
The clubs board is expected meet next month to discuss a resolution.