Mediator Named in Ocean Ridge Developer Lawsuit

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ocean ridge developerNorth Carolina lawyer Mark Hamlet has been selected by both parties as the mediator for the lawsuit, filed by the developer of Ocean Ridge Plantation, between the Ocean Ridge Plantation property owners association known as ORMA, and Ocean Ridge developer, manager Mark Saunders.

The mediation is set to take place in May 2018, unless the parties come to an agreement before that time.  “We look forward to resolving this issue fairly and equitably,” Ocean Ridge developer Mark Saunders said.

Mark Hamlet is certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission as a mediator for North Carolina court mediations, and a member of the New Hanover County and NC Bar Associations. He formed his firm, Hamlet & Associates, PLLC, out of Wilmington, NC, in May 2012.

The series of events leading to the lawsuit began when the governance of the association was turned over to board members elected by the property owners. The protective covenants called for the developer to be exempt from property assessments beginning at the time of the turnover.  Unfortunately, the exemption provision was apparently overlooked, and developer companies managed by Mark Saunders continued to be billed and paid for assessments on home sites they owned.   In order to correct the issue and avoid a statute of limitation defense, Saunders filed the lawsuit in the Superior Court of Brunswick County, NC. The lawsuit is expected to be resolved shortly.

Ocean Ridge Plantation is an elegant, residential beach and golf community located by the southeastern coast of North Carolina. This award-winning community features four championship-level golf courses, unmatched amenities, and stunning homes.  Ocean Ridge is considered by most to be one the best places to live in southeastern North Carolina. It offers a welcoming, active and fun-filled coastal lifestyle that many families dream of and are seeking today.

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