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Providence rejects lease transfer for Skyline at Waterplace, going ahead with eviction trial

The Providence Parks Commissioners rejected an offer by a newly formed East Greenwich company to take over the lease of Skyline at Waterplace. The city is moving ahead with a trial in two weeks to evict Skyline.

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Skyline at Waterplace seeks to transfer lease to East Greenwich company

The owners of the Skyline at Waterplace are asking the city of Providence to allow an East Greenwich company to take over their lease of the downtown event venue.

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Claims made to OTC Markets misstate Memorial Hospital development plans

Michael Mota’s public company is making all kinds of claims to investors and the OTC markets about what it’s doing with the former Memorial Hospital. But those claims aren’t true — and that’s a problem under federal securities laws.

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Florida company may be fined $110k for clear-cutting protected mangrove trees

Rhode Island businessman Michael Mota told Florida Department of Environmental Protection investigators in May that he represented the resort’s owner. He blamed the cut trees on storm damage.

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Skyline at Waterplace evicted by city of Providence

The business’ longtime CEO, Michael Mota, used the venue to host events for his entertainment company, VirtualCons.

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Michael Mota, VirtualCons’ attempts to silence critics may violate R.I. free speech laws

“Facts are not slander, libel, or defamation of character,” one critic noted in her response to a lawyer for the Rhode Island businessman, who threatened to sue her after she was quoted in the Globe.

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Providence continues to push to evict Skyline from Waterplace Park

Judge Walter Gorman denied a motion from the city to sever the eviction case and the Skyline company’s counterclaim, and told the lawyers to work out an accelerated discovery schedule.

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‘It’s devastating’: Florida questioning Michael Mota after resort’s protected mangrove trees chopped down

A state investigation found nearly 17,800 square feet of mangroves were destroyed. Mota, who is listed as the “contractor/agent” in the state’s report, denies involvement.