Matthew Chait Quoted in Palm Beach Post Article


Business Litigation partner Matthew Chait was recently quoted in the Palm Beach Post about hotels proposed in Wellington’s Equestrian Preserve Area.

According to the article, developer Mark Bellisimo is looking for a way around a 2016 referendum that prohibits hotels, motels, condo hotels and apartments in the Equestrian Preserve. He is also asking that the International Polo Club be re-zoned and subsequently removed from the preserve.

Shutts & Bowen represents the interests of the Jacobs family, outspoken preservationists in Wellington and opponents of the hotel plan. Matt argued that Bellissimo’s proposal could eventually result in a “dismantling” of the preserve.

“It’s going to open the floodgates, and it’s going to allow much more,” said Matt. “This is not the end. This is the beginning.”

To read the full article, please click here.

About Matthew R. Chait

Matthew Chait is a partner in the Business Litigation Practice Group in the West Palm Beach office of Shutts & Bowen LLP. A Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rated commercial litigator, Matt has been recognized by the Daily Business Review as a top 40 attorney under 40 and as a Rising Star by Florida Super Lawyers. Matt focuses his practice on real estate and creditors’ rights matters, as well as complex commercial disputes. He is also co-founder and co-editor of the Commercial Real Estate Litigation blog.


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