413 So.2d 62 (Fla.App. 2 Dist. 1982), 81-83, Dauer v. Pichowski

Docket Nº:81-83.
Citation:413 So.2d 62
Party Name:Maxwell and Reva DAUER, as trustees, Appellants, v. James J. PICHOWSKI, Sr., Ron Martino, and Sam C. Martino, Appellees/Intervenors.
Case Date:March 19, 1982
Court:Florida Court of Appeals, Second District
 
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413 So.2d 62 (Fla.App. 2 Dist. 1982)

Maxwell and Reva DAUER, as trustees, Appellants,

v.

James J. PICHOWSKI, Sr., Ron Martino, and Sam C. Martino, Appellees/Intervenors.

No. 81-83.

Florida Court of Appeals, Second District.

March 19, 1982

Rehearing Denied April 26, 1982.

S. W. Moore of Brigham, Reynolds, Byrne, Moore, Muir & Gaylord, Sarasota, for appellants.

Anthony T. Martino of Peavyhouse, Giglio, Grant, Clark, Charlton & Opp, Tampa, for appellees/intervenors.

GRIMES, Judge.

This is an appeal from the award of a brokerage commission.

In 1954 and 1955 James Pichowski, a resident of Miami, and others purchased a large tract of property on the Hillsborough River adjacent to Fletcher Avenue. The following year, all but 114 acres of this property was sold to Ben Cosor and others. In 1971, the Cosor group resold their property, consisting of approximately 660 acres, to a group of investors including the present landowner, Dr. Maxwell Dauer. Mr. Pichowski

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obtained a commission for his services as the broker handling the transaction for the seller. In 1975, Dr. and Mrs. Dauer acquired controlling interest in the property from their associates. On December 5, 1975, Pichowski asked brokers Ron Martino and Sam Martino of Tampa to assist him in the sale of his 114 acres. Realizing that Hillsborough County was interested in creating a regional park, Ron Martino showed the Pichowski property to Edward Radice, the county director of parks and recreation, in early 1976. Recognizing that the county might want more than 114 acres for its park, Martino and Radice also looked at the adjoining Dauer parcel.

On May 30, 1977, Mr. Pichowski telephoned Dr. Dauer asking for the exclusive right to sell his property. Dauer declined to give an exclusive listing but indicated that the property was and had been on an open listing since 1971. Pichowski said that Dauer told him, "Just find a buyer and don't worry about your 10% commission," but Dr. Dauer denied that aspect of the conversation. The only selling price for the property ever publicly quoted by Dauer was $10,000 an acre. On June 2, 1977, Pichowski wrote a letter to Dauer purporting to register Hillsborough County as a potential purchaser of all or part of the 660 acres and attached a copy of a letter dated June 1, 1977, from Sam Martino to Pichowski which referred to the Dauer property and read as follows:

Dear Mr. Pichowski:

This is to inform you that we have, this date, brought to the attention of the Hillsborough County Park Division and furnished data, maps, etc. to them, concerning their possible purchase of the above property. We quoted them $6,500.00 per acre as per your instructions, which includes a 10% commission payable to you and the undersigned on a 50/50 basis in the event said land is purchased, negotiated or acquired by 'eminent domain' proceedings by the Hillsborough County Park Division.

On February 21, 1978, June 26, 1978, and July 6, 1978, Mr. Pichowski wrote Dr. Dauer advising him of the continuing efforts of the Martinos to consummate a sale of the property to Hillsborough County. On August 22, 1978, Hillsborough County purchased Pichowski's 114 acres, and the Martinos received a real estate commission for their services in bringing about the sale. On October 16, 1978, Dauer's administrative assistant wrote Pichowski advising him that he had no authority to negotiate the sale of the Dauer property and that any of his activities...

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