The Trinitas golf course may be gone, but the spirit of Trinitas lives on in litigation. And given the slow pace of the legal system, that spirit may be almost immortal. This is only appropriate. The course was named in honor of the holy trinity.
The lastest development: The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit decided on Oct. 16 that the case — The Nemees on one side and Calaveras County on the other – is not a suitable candidate for mediation.
This case, one of several between the Nemees and Calaveras County, is over the Nemees’ contention that golf is a legal form of agritourism in Calaveras County and therefore should have been allowed as part of the Nemees’ olive farm operation on Ospital Road. County officials say it is not legal to build golf courses on land zoned for agriculture. The county won the issue at trial in U.S. Banruptcy Court, and also when the Nemees appealed the Bankruptcy Court decision to U.S. District Court.
Next on the court calendar: The Nemees are supposed to file an opening brief by Dec. 17 and the county is supposed to respond with its brief by Jan. 16.