Skydive Cape Cod Sues Chatham

By: Tim Wood

Tandem skydivers descend over Chatham in 2012.

CHATHAM -- In a civil suit filed in Barnstable Superior Court, Skydive Cape Cod charges the town with breach of contract and discrimination for failing to renew its contract to operate out of Chatham Airport in 2013.

The suit, filed in January by Hyannis attorney Robert Lawless on behalf of Skydive Cape Cod owner Jimmy Mendonca, claims the town interfered with its contract with Cape Cod Flying Circus, the airport manager, to run its skydiving business out of the George Ryder Road airport.  The suit seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Named as defendants are members of the board of selectmen serving in 2013, when the contract was not renewed; only one, Chairman Jeffrey Dykens, remains on the board.  Also named as defendants are Town Manager Jill Goldsmith and the town.

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