By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal
PICKWICK – Former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers of Booneville claims nearby Flagship Aqua Yacht Harbor has contaminated his Pickwick Lake property.
He’s taken his grievance from circuit court in Tishomingo County to federal court.
Childers, through attorney Casey Lott, wants compensation and other damages for what the lawsuit terms Flagship’s negligent and reckless acts that resulted in nearly 7,000 gallons of gasoline leaking from one of its fuel storage tanks onto Childers’ property.
The lawsuit reports the alleged leak permanently damaged trees and other vegetation on the property, diminishing its value, and caused Childers to lose use and enjoyment of the property for about four months.
Aqua Yacht Harbor operates a boating service dock.
Steve Levine, a Baton Rouge, La., attorney who represents the harbor’s owner and manager, Flagship Aqua Yacht LLC and Flagship Marinas Acquisition LLC, declined to comment.
The case, moved to federal court Tuesday, was assigned to Chief Judge Michael P. Mills and Magistrate Judge David A. Sanders.
Childers, who asks for a jury trial, also is suing “John Does 1-10” as people who caused or contributed to his property damages, although they are unknown to him so far.