The judge said that when Stiles’ father signed an agreement in 1954, to create the Lumpkin Street spaces, he wasn't given up control of the property indefinitely, the story says. Stiles owns part of the land and the county owns part of the land where the spaces are.
Attorney Thomas Mitchell, who represents the county, says a judge can’t give a private property owner control of public land, the story says. He has asked the judge for a new trial. If the judge rules against Athens Clarke County, the story says, officials will appeal his ruling to the Georgia Supreme Court.
In the meantime, patrons will continue to pay to park in the Lumpkin Street spaces at night or to patronize the businesses in the building in the day.