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Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014
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Firing of NexLube project director at Port of Tampa spurs lawsuit

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TAMPA — The Texas investment group building a $100 million-plus used-oil processing plant at the Port of Tampa has terminated its contract with the managing director of the Tampa project, who in turn is suing the group for breach of contract.

On Sept. 16, NexLube Operating LLC terminated its contract with Enzio D’Angelo, a 58-year-old engineer who was guiding the plant toward an opening in March 2014 that was expected to net the port $10 million in revenue over a 20-year lease.

Port officials Friday had no comment on the lawsuit or whether the plant will open as scheduled. Port officials previously characterized the NexLube project as an economic development showcase for the port and the Tampa Bay region.

The lawsuit states NexLube claims in a termination letter Sept. 16 that it determined multiple contract breaches, “including breaches of unidentified laws and regulations, sexual harassment and hostile work environment.”

“NexLube fails to articulate any specific breach, as none exist,” D’Angelo’s attorney, Mark R. Osherow of Broad and Cassel’s West Palm Beach office, says in a letter filed with the lawsuit.

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