Port may resolve tenant issues

MORGAN CITY, La. — The Port of Morgan City is negotiating with port operator Inmobilaria Lamol and may be able to resolve the issues without filing suit for damages after the tenant did not resolve its defaults with the port by the July 28 deadline, port attorney Gerard Bourgeois said Wednesday.

At its July 15 meeting, the Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District Commission authorized Port of Morgan City Executive Director Jerry Hoffpauir and Bourgeois to file suit for eviction and damages if the tenant’s defaults was not resolved by July 28.

Nothing has been settled yet between the port and the tenant, Bourgeois said. “It may take a week or so to sort out,” Bourgeois said.

As of Wednesday, Bourgeois said he did not have plans to file suit yet.

Nestor Navarro, managing member of Inmobilaria Lamol, was reached by phone this morning for comment, but said he was in a meeting and would call back later. Navarro did not call back as of press time.

The port was due a rent payment of $53,225 from Inmobilaria Lamol July 1, but the port did not receive payment. Inmobilaria Lamol also owes the port for late fees on the rent, security guard service and grass cutting among other expenses.

The port took $53,225 out of Inmobilaria Lamol’s security deposit to pay for the tenant’s July rent.

Hoffpauir said the port has “a very strong, real candidate that’s waiting to come in line and take over the facilities as soon as legalities are out of the way” with Inmobilaria Lamol, Hoffpauir said.

Hoffpauir could not release any further details about the company that could potentially take over as port operator, he said.

At the end of June, Inmobilaria Lamol requested to keep its rent at $10,000 per month for another six months. Under the contract between the port and Inmobilaria Lamol, its rent was scheduled to go up to $53,000 per month after the first six months.

The port commission rejected the request to keep the rent at $10,000 per month for six more months at a June 28 meeting, but the commission sent a letter to the tenant offering to amend the lease agreement to keep its rent at $10,000 per month for six more months if the tenant gave up the use of some of the property at the port it occupies.

Inmobilaria Lamol did not respond to that offer by the July 8 deadline. Therefore, the port sent out a default letter to the tenant.

Inmobilaria Lamol became the operator at the Port of Morgan City in December 2012 replacing former operator Cenac Offshore, whose lease expired at the end of November.

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