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City Pays $650,000 To Settle Dispute At nTelos Pavilion

PORTSMOUTH, VA (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The city of Portsmouth, Virginia, has finally ended a major dispute over the nTelos Pavilion at Harbor Center by agreeing to pay the amphitheater’s former managers $650,000.

The money, which will be paid to Harbor Center Joint Venture, cover business losses the company faced after Hurricane Isabel destroyed Harbor Center’s canopy roof in 2003, according to the Virginian-Pilot.

The city also paid the company $1 million last year to settle a contentious dispute over the facility’s operations, and bought the company’s contract a year early.

In late 2004, the city acknowledged that it had lapsed in its oversight of the publicly owned amphitheater and that it did not know how the venue was performing. That, combined with the hurricane damage, led to a lengthy contract dispute with Harbor Center Joint Venture.

A review found that the city owed the company money for equipment purchased for the facility, as well as for concert cancelled during the time spent to repair the damaged roof in 2003 and 2004.

Had the city not settled with Harbor Center Joint Venture, lawyers for the company could have sued Portsmouth and been awarded much more in a jury trial. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers