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Theme park developer suing Ohio County

Officials in Ohio County are responding after a developer for the Wild Escape Theme Park announced he is suing the county. On Monday, county commissioners denied any allegations that they took the businessman for a ride concerning the park's development.

Officials in Ohio County are responding after a developer for the Wild Escape Theme Park announced he is suing the county.

On Monday, county commissioners denied any allegations that they took the businessman for a ride concerning the park's development.

Steve Minard and his company, Crystal Mountain West Virginia LLC, have filed a $25 million lawsuit in Ohio County Circuit Court.

Minard says he is seeking to get back the amount the company claims it spent toward the project, which never happened.

The lawsuit alleges the development authority used the 2006 announcement that Wild Escape was coming to the Highlands to attract other businesses, and then took actions that he says made it impossible for the theme park to be built.

County Solicitor Don Tennant says Ohio County did nothing wrong and plans to request an expedited jury trial.

"The county parties did nothing wrong and in fact gave Mr. Minard every opportunity and time to meet his prerequisites for the development agreement, which he never met, before the county was obligated to issue any bond funds to Mr. Minard," Tennant said.

Talks between the two sides began in December 2005 and the parties signed a development agreement on July 26, 2006.

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