Watertown Golf Course, City Win Legal Victory

Watertown Golf Course, City Win Legal Victory

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It's a legal victory for the Watertown Golf Course and the city of Watertown.

A state Supreme Court judge dismissed the lawsuit filed by P.J. Simao, the owner of rival golf course, Ives Hill Country Club.

Simao filed the suit against the city of Watertown, city council members, City Manager Rick Finn and the Watertown Golf Club.

Simao wanted the court to tear up a lease that lets Watertown Golf Club use city land in Thompson Park for 9 of the course's holes.

The current lease has been renewed a couple of times, but is identical to the one agreed to in 2000.

Simao's lawyer argued that the 2000 lease should be ruled void from the start because the mayor at the time, Joe Butler Sr., was on the board of directors for Watertown Golf Club.

While Butler abstained from voting on the lease, Simao's lawyer said he did not recuse himself from the process, which the lawyer said violates city ethics code.

Judge James McClusky dismissed the case.

Watertown Golf Club was recently purchased by developer Mike Lundy. Simao also tried to buy the golf course.

Simao said Tuesday he plans to appeal the judge's ruling.

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