BOCA RATON — The Palmetto Place at Mizner
Park Condominium Association has fired back at owners who
accused it of falsely imprisoning them in their unit last
summer after they contracted the coronavirus, claiming the
couple “threatened to cough” on residents.
Palmetto Place is a nine-story, 255-unit condo in downtown Boca Raton.
A dispute between two residents of the Palmetto Place condos in Boca Raton and the condo association is heating up.
“In an astounding
display of self-entitlement, plaintiffs chose to ignore the
(COVID) restrictions by lounging in the pool area within
feet of other residents and (by traversing) through the
lobby on a daily basis,” the Palmetto lawyers allege.
Meanwhile, the couple’s attorney, Jeffrey Kominsky, filed a motion of his own March 9 to seek sanctions against the attorneys for the condo association for making “scandalous” statements that are “riddled with insults, deceit and inflammatory language to provide untrue material for local and national media outlets.” The motion called the claims “malicious fabrications.”
The incident last summer drew widespread media coverage.
Scott Folley of West Palm Beach, who represents Palmetto Place, declined to respond Friday to Kominsky’s request for sanctions.
According to the Iscowitzes' lawsuit, the couple began to exhibit COVID-like symptoms July 5. They were tested two days later, and learned July 12 they had the virus. The association had asked residents who tested positive to inform the management company but agreed not to disclose their identities — even to board members. Based on that assurance, the Iscowitzes say they acknowledged they each had the virus July 13.
“Neither of you should leave your unit unless it is medically necessary,” the couple was told. And if they did, the association threatened to have them arrested “for endangering the lives of building residents and staff,” according to the lawsuit.