Nueces County Attorney Laura Garza Jimenez on Wednesday sent a demand letter to John Bryant, part owner of the Coastal Bend Thunder, asking the team to pay more than $140,000 stemming from its departure from Fairground Field.
In the letter, Jimenez breaks down the $142,904 being sought by the county, with $27,402 due in rent and utilities. The county is also asking an additional $17,433 to be paid to a local company, Servpro of Corpus Christi East, for cleaning services to interior offices at the stadium, while another $58,500 is being sought for renovation work to the stadiumís field by Frost, Texas-based Angela Sports Fields.
Estimates in the amount of $26,500 were also provided for work to be done by Nueces County Community Services/Inland Parks employees, which includes power washing the stadium, graffiti removal in the facilityís bathrooms and outer wall, and cleaning and repainting clubhouse locker rooms, according to the letter.
Those county employees have already conducted some trash pick-up and landscaping work at the stadium, which came at a cost of $2,148 to the county, Jimenez wrote.
An additional $10,920 was paid by the county for cleaning and repair services, in addition to various supplies and equipment, according to receipts attached to the demand letter.
Bryant and the Thunder, named in the letter as Coastal Bend Professional Baseball Club LLC, have 30 days to resolve the payment with Nueces County, Jimenez said. If not, the county will consider filing a lawsuit to recoup the costs it outlined in the demand letter, she added.
County officials terminated the Thunderís lease earlier this year after the team failed to meet a Jan. 15 deadline set by the Nueces County Commissioners Court to pay money it owed for rent and utilities. The Thunder is the third independent baseball team in the past five years to call Fairgrounds Field home, with the Corpus Christi Beach Dawgs and Coastal Bend Aviators preceding it.
For more information, see the April 28 issue of The Nueces County Record Star.