A settlement offer from the former owner of the now-defunct Coastal Bend Aviators was turned down last month by Nueces County Commissioners for being too low.
County Attorney Laura Garza-Jimenez said the team's former owner, Horn Chen, had extended a settlement offer to the county at the end of October. However, the figure was much lower than the $114,639 in damages the county is seeking - only $10,000.
"That just wasn't enough," Jimenez said.
After a lengthy executive session, during which the commissioners discussed Chen's and other lawsuits, county leaders unanimously voted on Nov. 18 to deny the settlement offer in a 5-0 vote.
The county's lawsuit against Chen, Coastal Bend Baseball Club LLC and T-L Baseball LLC was filed in November 2008, in order to get back rent and other expenses from Chen for the Aviators' final season at Fairgrounds Field.
The Aviators, members of the American Association of Independent Baseball, seemingly disappeared after the 2007 season ended. Phones were disconnected and staff was emptied out of the team's offices. The county later terminated the team's 20-year lease, which was supposed to end in October 2023, and authorized the county attorney to seek payment from the team's owner.
Negotiations between the two sides are ongoing, Garza-Jimenez said.