FLORIDA – Legendary Golfer Jack Nicklaus Sued in Management Beef

Courthouse News Service:  Legendary Golfer Jack Nicklaus Sued in Management Beef

By Izzy Kapnick

March 19, 2019

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CN) — Golf legend Jack Nicklaus faces a lawsuit from the former president of his upscale golf club community, who claims Nicklaus ousted and blackballed him from exclusive Florida country clubs in retaliation for objecting to the community’s dictatorial management.Gary Sellers, a corporate attorney, says he lived a content life in the luxurious Bear’s Club community in Jupiter, Florida, for 16 years until he butted heads with Nicklaus, a 73-time PGA Tour champ who helped develop the community and design its renowned golf course.Sellers claims in Palm Beach County Court that Nicklaus removed him from his long-held position as the community association’s president after he questioned decisions by the association, which was controlled by Bear’s Club Founding Partners, a development company aligned with the Nicklaus family.The last straw came in late 2018, according to the complaint, when Sellers wrote a letter to Palm Beach County, informing it that he had not been apprised of the Bear’s Club’s proposed land swap with the county involving termination of an environmental easement.Sellers, who paired his 28-page filing with 33 pages of supporting documents, says the Nicklaus family’s web of organizations became incensed that Sellers stuck his nose in the matter. The county ultimately deferred its September 2018 vote on the land swap after county staff recommended against it and local residents expressed opposition.  Read more:


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