Keys marina manager allegedly tries to run over marina tenants

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The Miami Herald reported that the manager of a marina in the Florida Keys hit a man on the property with his car and tried to strike another man in an eviction dispute. Chad Lyons, according to the paper, said Richard Van Der Dijs, manager of Smuggler’s Cove Marina, threatened to sink his 28-foot cruiser before getting into his 2012 GMC SUV and aiming it at him. Lyons said the vehicle hit him, and according to a video from his phone, he appeared to land on the hood of the SUV. Van Der Dijs also aimed his car at another tenant, Patrick Malloy, according to a report by Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Matthew O’Neill.

The paper reported that Van Der Dijs was arrested March 20 on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery.

Van Der Dijs told deputies the two men stood in front of his car to prevent him from leaving, according to the police report. When asked why the video shows Lyons backing away from the vehicle, Van Der Dijs responded, “He knew I had his life in my hands, not because I hit him bro,” O’Neill wrote in his report.

Lyons said the men were arguing with Van Der Dijs about unpaid rent just before the incident. Lyons said the bar, restaurant and motel at the marina closed in January. The marina owners then told the liveaboards they had to leave by Feb. 21, Lyons said.

Lyons said that management has tried different tactics to force any liveaboards at the marina to vacate. 


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