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A sign with “statutes” misspelled is in place on a contentious beach access path at Gulf Winds Court on Holiday Isle in Destin. MICHAEL SNYDER/DAILY NEWS

FL - Destin, Florida neighbors sue for harassment over Parcel B beach access

DESTIN — A long-simmering feud between Holiday Isle neighbors has found its way to the courtroom.

A lawsuit filed in April by six residents of Gulf Winds Court and Gulf Breeze Court alleges that Gene Yambor has harassed them, attacked them and otherwise interfered with "their quiet enjoyment of their property."

Attorneys for Angela and George Jones, Samantha and Gregory Petty and Marcelle and Andrew Bell claim that Yambor has been bothering and intimidating his neighbors since 2013, and that in 2019 the harassment escalated.

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Last year, Yambor, who lives at a residence on Gulf Winds Court that backs up to a property known as Parcel B — an undeveloped beach property owned by developer Peter Bos — was given authority by Aqua Development LLC to trespass his neighbors if they tried to access Parcel B to get to the beach.

Aqua Development LLC is a subsidiary of Bos-owned Legendary Inc.

Aqua Development officials claim that people accessing Parcel B have been littering and otherwise desecrating the beach property. The Gulf Winds Court and Gulf Breeze Court residents say those claims are untrue.

In 2021, the suit claims, Yambor used the power given him by Aqua Development to prevent neighbors from trying to access the beach via a long-used path that runs next to his property and opens onto Parcel B. It claims his enforcement of the trespass powers has been selective.

Yambor's harassment, the suit alleges, led to the arrests of four of the plaintiffs for stealing a $40 no-trespassing sign he had posted.

It claims that even though the charges were dropped, the arrests caused severe embarrassment and distress. However, the suit claims Yambor continues to videotape the neighbors he has targeted and "shares" mugshots from the arrests.

"His intentional conduct," the lawsuit states, has caused all those suing him "substantial emotional distress" and anxiety, "as they are fearful of further harassment." The group has asked the court for damages, costs, interest and whatever relief is deemed appropriate.

The suit also claims Yambor has been arrested more than once, and charged with stalking Marcelle Bell and battering George Jones.

An attorney representing Yambur has fired back and filed a motion to dismiss the legal action. She claims the allegations made in the lawsuit are irrelevant and do not rise to the standard required to constitute an intentional infliction of emotional distress.

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