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Ambassador Bridge owners settle lawsuit with lonely bait shop

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Sarah Cwiek/Michigan Radio
Lafayette Bait and Tackle

The Detroit International Bridge Company, owners of the Ambassador Bridge, has settled a lawsuit with the owners of a bait shop.

Lafayette Bait and Tackle sits near where the Detroit International Bridge Company hopes to build a second span. The company purchased the land to remove what it saw as a final obstacle to their plans.

Both sides in the case agree fault lay primarily with the bait shop’s former landlord, a group called Commodities Export.

Bridge Company lawyer William Seikele says the Aytes family, who owned the bait shop, was caught in a political tug-of-war.

“Unfortunately, during our discussions it became apparent that many people had decided to use the Aytes for their own financial and political interest and agendas, rather than doing the right thing.”

Both sides’ lawyers praised each other for settling the lawsuit “promptly.” Attorney Bill Goodman says he was frankly surprised that the Bridge Company was so reasonable.

“The bridge did the right thing and we’re extremely appreciative, my clients are extremely appreciative about the way they’ve been handled and dealt with by the bridge company.”

The amount and terms of the settlement agreement are confidential.

Sarah Cwiek joined Michigan Radio in October 2009. As our Detroit reporter, she is helping us expand our coverage of the economy, politics, and culture in and around the city of Detroit.
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