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Jet ambulance company at Hernando airport served with eviction notice

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BROOKSVILLE — Jet ICU, the international air ambulance company based at Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport since 2007, has been served an eviction notice.

On Sept. 12, Michael Honey-cutt, president of Worldwide Aircraft Services, which does business as Jet ICU, was ordered to pay unpaid rent or surrender the facility. One week ago, the company that leases the land from the airport filed an eviction complaint with the clerk of the Circuit Court.

The complaint from BMF Land Development claims ownership of the facility and seeks $35,000 in past-due rent from Honeycutt.

"Worldwide failed to pay the full rent due for the months of September 2012, October 2012, November 2012 and thereafter,'' the complaint states. "Worldwide has never cured its repeated failure to pay rent due and has refused all demands to pay past due rent.''

Honeycutt said Wednesday that he and Jet ICU are not going anywhere anytime soon. The complaint is the latest move in ongoing legal wrangling over the control of BMF Land Development, he said.

Honeycutt said he has the majority share in BMF, while a letter to the Hernando County Aviation Authority earlier this month from another partner states that Honeycutt "has no lawful authority to bind, pledge, act on behalf of, or otherwise manage the affairs of BMF Land Development, LLC.''

"It's a dispute within the organization, and it will be worked out in court,'' Honeycutt said.

Honeycutt filed his own lawsuit last month, accusing Aviation Authority Chairman Gary Schraut of defaming him for telling a Tampa Bay Times reporter that Honeycutt and his company were "troublemakers, were liars, were bomb throwers and were like terrorists,'' among other things.

That case has not yet been resolved.

"I was silent for so long, and then I got caught up in some mudslinging,'' Honeycutt said. "I ended up on the wrong end of the good old boy network. But that's okay; I've got broad shoulders.''

Honeycutt said he still believes in Hernando County and the airport's potential, but that political squabbling has blocked progress.

"I'm just frustrated with it all,'' he said. "We need to take a step back and put on the common-sense hat.''

Barbara Behrendt can be reached at [email protected] or (352) 848-1434.

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