Surfrider: Florida Music Festival Promoter Stiffed Us $30,000

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Surfrider Foundation is suing a Florida party promoter for stiffing the nationally prominent, San Clemente-based environmental group out of at least $30,000.

According to a lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court, Scott H. Mitchell--the managing partner of Five Flags Tourism Group--hosted an October 2011, music festival called DeLuna Fest and promised to donate the greater of either $30,000 or $2 per sold ticket in exchange for using the Surfrider name and positive public image to enhance sales.

Surfrider executives planned to use the money to help clean up the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

But Mitchell has not delivered on his promise to make the donation within a month of the three-day Pensacola Beach festival and is now eight months late, according to the lawsuit.

Tickets cost $149 for the entire festival that featured Linkin Park, Jane's Addiction and Weezer.

Marketing for the event celebrated its ties to Surfrider.

Repeated efforts by Surfrider to resolve the dispute prior to litigation failed, according to documents attached to the lawsuit.

Mitchell has not yet filed a legal response to the lawsuit.

The DeLuna Fest is already promoting its 2012 event in September and claims the lineup will include Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

The case has been assigned to Superior Court Judge David Chaffee.

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