Jury Awards Panama City Beach Condo Association $12 Million

Posted at 4:35 AM, Feb 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-08 04:35:00-05

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A jury has awarded nearly $12 million in damages to the Shores of Panama Resort Community Association in a lawsuit against several former directors of the association.

The News Herald reports ( the association contended in the lawsuit that the former directors deprived the association of ownership of the beach behind the condos as well as the rental revenues that came from services offered there.

The lawsuit alleged "breach of fiduciary duty" on the part of the defendants: New York residents and Shores of Panama Resort condo owners Solly Halberthal, Isere Halberthal, Joshua Ostreicher and Jay Glatter.

The jury's award, issued Wednesday, includes $2.5 million in punitive damages against each the defendants.

According to the lawsuit, the original developers became financially distressed and filed for bankruptcy protection in 2008.