A San Diego County Superior Court jury has awarded a developer $94.5 million in damages in an inverse condemnation lawsuit. The developer of a struggling business park near the Mexican border filed the lawsuit after arguing with the city since the early 1990s. Roque de la Fuente II contended in court that the city breached a 1986 development agreement, dooming development of his 312-acre business park. De la Fuente contended the city made permits difficult to obtain by increasing fees and conditions, in violation of the development agreement. He also argued that the city routed border truck traffic through the business park, and proposed an international airport near the business park, a prospect that scared away potential tenants. The city countered that it did nothing improper and that de la Fuente was an inexperienced developer who got burned by the recession of the early 1990s. Finding that the city had blighted the de la Fuente's property, Superior Court Judge Vincent DiFiglia accepted the inverse condemnation arguments. He then handed the case to a jury, which awarded the developer $94.5 million. One juror told the San Diego Union Tribune that it appeared the city wanted the business park to fail so it could take over the property. In fact, the city foreclosed on lots in the business park after de la Fuente failed to make payments on bonds that the city had underwritten to finance to project. City officials, who were stunned the size of the award, said they would appeal.