QSpot delays eviction from JSAC in Ocean Grove

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QSpot LGBT Community Center will remain at the Jersey Shore Arts Center until at least mid-February under an agreement reached yesterday. The agreement will delay a request for an injunction in a pending discrimination lawsuit against the JSAC. The agreement came just before the first court hearing was to take place on QSpot’s injunction request before New Jersey Superior Court Judge Jamie S. Perri to stop the eviction from the Arts Center on December 31.

John_Mikytuck_at_Garden State Equality event_in 2015
John_Mikytuck_at_Garden State Equality event_in 2015

“We want everyone to know that QSpot will not be evicted on New Year’s Eve,” said John Mikytuck, QSpot Executive Director. “This agreement gives QSpot the right to remain in our home as legal tenants while the court considers our request for an injunction.”

Under the terms of the agreement, QSpot’s current lease will be extended at least until the court’s decision on the injunction is made. Sources say that will likely occur sometime in mid-February. The agreement was approved by Judge Perri and provides QSpot with legal protections against any attempt by the JSAC to start eviction proceedings before the next court hearing. QSpot’s lawyers, Mike Long and Steve Rosato of Lowenstein Sandler LLP, negotiated the agreement.

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“While this agreement is not the end of our fight, it is a step in the right direction,” said Mikytuck.  “We have good reason to be hopeful this holiday season, but we’re still a long way from joyous.”

Jersey Shore QSpot LGBT Center will hold a New Year’s Eve Dance on December 31, 2016 now that the eviction has been put on hold.

QSpot LGBT Center to hold New Year's Eve Dance on December 31, 2016.
QSpot LGBT Center to hold New Year’s Eve Dance on December 31, 2016.

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