Sunbeam Hopes Judge Will Rule Its Way In Land Dispute Next To Channel 7 Studio
Edmund Ansin will be hoping for a special Christmas gift this season, the acquisition by foreclosure of a property next to his Fox television station that he could not get control of in 11 years of litigation.
On Dec. 20, the owner of Sunbeam Realty Co. Inc. will ask Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Peter Lopez to grant a motion for summary judgment in his favor on a much coveted property in North Bay Village.
Seven months after the owner of Miami's WSVN-TV lost a decade-long real estate court fight, he allegedly schemed with the lender of his adversary to manufacture a default on the property he coveted.
Ansin has a net worth of $1.35 billion and owns Sunbeam Television Corp. and Sunbeam Realty Co. Inc. His Fox TV affiliate was a neighbor to a Clear Channel Metroplex Inc. radio station, WIOD-AM, for years. In 2002, Ansin filed a lawsuit against Clear Channel for trying to sell its part of the manmade peninsula they shared in North Bay Village.
The Fox news staff relied on its neighbor's land for parking under an irrevocable easement.
Sunbeam Television prevailed at trial but lost on appeal. In 2008, Sunbeam amended its complaint and took Clear Channel to trial again.
In the second round, Clear Channel was a defendant through a lease for operating its radio tower. The radio station staff had long since moved, and the new owner, Isle of Dreams LLC, or IOD, was a defendant with plans for new commercial development.
As before, Sunbeam was determined to stop any development. Ansin saw his neighbor's land as free parking but didn't try to buy it when Clear Channel was initially looking to sell in 2002.
Sunbeam lost again in 2011. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey ruled, "Sunbeam cannot commandeer the entire key for parking."
She set a limit on parking slots for the WSVN staff and stripped Sunbeam of its control over access to the property through a guardhouse. Sunbeam lost its appeal Nov. 6.