110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
Sign is gone, but Pin Ups case still unresolved
By Pat Andrews
posted Nov 4, 2013 - 11:13:56am
The frame is still in place that held a Pin Ups sign above a storefront in the Brandywine Shopping Village just north of DeLand, but the sign is blank.
It's not really gone, a source at the shopping center who didn’t want to be named said. It's just covered over, in accordance with a temporary injunction that would prevent the bikini bar from opening while Pin Ups secured legal representation.
Winn-Dixie, the shopping center's anchor store, filed suit against the shopping center and Pin Ups Oct. 8. A clause in the store's lease prohibits strip clubs and bars from opening in the shopping center, Winn-Dixie's attorney H. Timothy Gillis said. Pin Ups is 117 feet away from the grocery store's front door.
Judge Raul Zambrano signed the injunction. A hearing was set for Oct. 17.
Then, on Oct. 14, Pin Ups owner Timothy Blakeslee asked for a continuation, which the judge approved, "until further order of the court."
As of Nov. 4, the court docket showed no attorney representing Pin Ups. Staff at Luigi's Pizza and Italian Restaurant in the shopping center said they'd seen people moving things out of the prospective Pin Ups location the previous week.
Leasing agent Yvette Carpel Joseph, who's also listed as registered agent for Brandywine Properties LLC, said nothing was moved out of the Pin Ups location.
"There's nothing there," she said. “There is no Pin Ups.”
She would not comment further, except to say the news media had not accurately reported the facts of the case.
The Beacon spoke Oct. 30 with Rick Taylor, the attorney representing Brandywine LLC. He said he could make no comment.
Winn-Dixie stores management has also refused to comment on the matter. The Beacon has been unable to contact Pin Ups owner Blakeslee.
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