BROOKSVILLE - Last month, Michael Honeycutt, owner of Worldwide Aircraft Services Inc,. sued Hernando County Aviation Authority Chairman Gary Schraut for alleged offensive comments made about him and his company.
Now, Honeycutt finds himself on the other side of a suit and was served Sept. 11 with an eviction notice, giving him three days to either pay back rent of $35,000 or vacate the premises of his airport facility as soon as possible.
Honeycutt did neither and BMF Land Development LLC, which leases the property at 2561 Rescue Way, has gone forward with the eviction process.
But Paul Bowen, attorney representing Worldwide, said his client has been making regular monthly payments to BMF through a third party, as has been the normal routine from the beginning.
Bowen said he is surprised that BMF's managing member, Fred Judy, has initiated eviction proceedings.
"The whole thing makes no sense," Bowen said.
Bowen said this will now be handled through the courts.
BMF said Honeycutt and his company - which does business as Jet I.C.U. -- allegedly failed to pay his rent dating back to September 2012.
The back rent totals $35,000, according to the suit filed in the county clerk' office.
Worldwide "has refused all demands to pay past due rent," the suit states.
BMF has elected to forego overdue payments and instead recover possession of the property, which Honeycutt is using for an air ambulance service.
Worldwide has leased the property from BMF since January 2009 and the lease was scheduled to end Dec. 31, 2013.
Honeycutt filed a lawsuit last month alleging that Schraut made comments to the media that his company "were troublemakers, were liars, were bomb throwers and were like terrorists."
The comments were made "to bring shame, disgrace, embarrassment (and) indignity" on the company and "negatively affect the credibility" of Worldwide, according to that suit.
Honeycutt could not be reached for comment.
This all follows on the heels of yet a third suit that also was filed last month and remains unresolved.
Robert Rey, owner of Jet Concepts Inc., filed a defamation suit against former Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport Manager Don Silvernell.
Rey alleges that Don Silvernell slandered him by calling him a "crook," someone who "doesn't pay his bills" and "financially incompetent."
Rey alleges in the lawsuit that Jet Concepts has lost business because of the statements and is seeking monetary damages, interest, costs and other court relief.