President of the Antigua Turf Club (ATC) Neil Cochrane said a decision to acquire the services of a track-building and consultancy firm was not taken without much consideration being given to the possible legal implications.
Cochrane announced Wednesday that a consultant from the California-based Futura Tracks LLC International, Richard Tedesco, is scheduled to be in Antigua in February to carry out a number of tests at the facility with hopes of turning the Cassada Garden’s Race Track into a top class international track.
“We have been passive to some extent with regards to this whole issue. It has cost us some delays because people and investments want to have stability; but we are going to progress positively…the case continues through whatever processes the court is dealing with right now but we know there are other steps and measures that can be taken outside of that,” he said.
The Turf Club and local businessman, Carton Lewis, are currently locked in a court battle over which of the two are legitimate lease holders on the property. Both have claimed to be the valid lease holders.
Despite this, Cochrane said the Turf Club has a responsibility to provide its members and the public with the best possible facility.
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