Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker visited bat for the proprietors of UpDown Indoor Trampoline Park while in the days before they submitted a federal lawsuit claiming their civil rights ended up violated by not allowing it to reopen.
The city upon Friday filed a motions to dismiss the legal action. In the motion, the town states it has this authority to act to the governor's orders to maintain business closed.
Emails, texts and letters procured through criminal records request filed by the actual Hattiesburg American show Barker wanted clarification about Gov. Tate Reeves' order prohibiting indoor and adventure facilities from opening.
He also told the governor that the business enterprise would close the celebration section and keep just the trampoline portion available, making it a gym rather then a recreational venue.
In an email was involved with May 21 — a single day before the lawsuit has been filed — Barker mailed Reeves' Chief of Staff Brad White to acquire clarification on the buy.
"What they want to try and do is keep the celebration space, laser tag spot and arcade closed though opening the trampoline spot, " he wrote. "They said this can then classify their facility to be a 'gym. ' They will follow every one of the guidelines that the point out and our city include set for gyms.
"To end up being honest, it’s a dull area at best. Added cities have allowed similar facilities to open, though Governor Reeves’ executive buy … seems to stop such. … If the owners are proposing discontinuing some of the entertainment functions, what guidance are you able to give me on whether jointly be eligible to open the trampoline space, classifying itself now to be a gym? "
The response on the governor's office determined this company should remain closed.
"Your reading of (the accounting order) is correct in this indoor places of theme and recreation remain sealed, " said Joseph Sclafani, the attorney with Reeves' company. "Based on your criteria below, UpDown Trampoline Park plainly falls from the deﬁnition of an house place of amusement and recreation and can't be permitted to resume operations at the moment. "
The trampoline park continues to be open despite the governor's order placed and numerous citations from Hattiesburg police and fireplace departments.