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Eagles Landing Camp Sued For Fraud, COVID Violations

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ALLEGATION: Camp Lied To Health, City Inspectors.

CLAIM: COVID Protocols Were Faked.

Could Civil Suit Lead To Criminal Charges?

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A lawsuit alleging fraud involving COVID-19 was just filed against the owners of Eagles Landing and The Night Owls in Coconut Creek. The alleged violations were the subject of our reporting during the summer of 2020.

BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Eagles Landing and The Night Owls, its owners and directors took part in fraudulent activity to promote the appearance of COVID-19 safety, even though few protocols were being followed. That’s the salacious accusation made by Aquatics Director David Sean Delaney and his wife Suzanne Delaney in a lawsuit just filed in Broward County Circuit Court.

(News app readers access our full report).

Eagles Landing — both a day and overnight camp — operates out of North Broward Preparatory School in Coconut Creek.

The lawsuit names North Broward Prep, now ex-owner Matthew Cannold, Robert Ciccone and Traci Ciccone, Meritas LLC and Camplife Ltd as defendants. All had ownership interests in the camp during the 2020 summer.

BocaNewsNow.com reported repeatedly over the summer of claims of massive COVID-19 violations at the camp. Broward County and Coconut Creek officials inspected the camp multiple times, at one point declaring it as “high risk.”

While BocaNewsNow.com was being threatened by management and the families of campers who slammed our reporting as “fake” on social media, the lawsuit suggests the sources reaching out to us, filing complaints with city and county officials, and expressing concern to camp management were correct. Among the allegations made in the suit: camp owners only enforced social distancing and mask use when they learned health or code inspectors were heading to the property.

The lawsuit alleges that COVID enforcement was virtually non-existent during the summer of 2020.

In the midst of what is described as chaos without a COVID plan, ex-owner Matthew Cannold contracted COVID while camp was in session. He publicly told the camp community that he contacted it at a family event and would remain off property for an extended period of time. According to the suit, however, Cannold still showed up without a mask. The summer ended abruptly, shortly after Cannold’s COVID diagnosis.

The area’s leading camps, including American Heritage and Pine Tree, did not open during the 2020 summer.

Cannold recently confirmed to BocaNewsNow.com that he sold his interest in the camp that he oversaw for more than two decades. He stated that he is prohibited from discussing anything having to do with Eagles Landing and the Night Owls.

Read the entire lawsuit, below. It is unclear what impact it may have on the 2021 summer. Legal experts suggest criminal charges could be filed against camp personnel if it is proven they lied to city and county officials inspecting the property. For now, this is a civil action seeking in excess of $50,000.

If you are reading in a news app and the suit does not appear, use this link for complete access to the file. A link to all of our previous coverage can be found beneath the law suit.


Access all previous Eagles Landing and the Night Owls COVID-19 reporting.

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