The Circuit of Americas is clashing with one of its new neighbors as construction continues at the Formula One track in Elroy.
Don Haywood’s 15-acre property in southeast Travis County is surrounded by land recently purchased by COTA. Now, the track owners are suing Haywood over his water line, claiming the line is trespassing on the track's site and needs to be moved.
A track representative tells YNN by phone that COTA has asked for Haywood to move the water line. Haywood, a retired Austin police officer and military veteran, is used to conflict resolution and believes the suit is unnecessary.
"If I thought I had a responsibility to move that water line, I'd move it myself," Haywood said.
Haywood feels the legal action may be the first step by track owners to push him off his property. Haywood has plans to start his own nursery on his property, so cutting off his water line will not only affect his survival—but also his business.
"I'm going dig in,” Haywood said. “I'm staying put and if I have to stay out here and develop my property, I'll do that."
The Formula One U.S. Grand Prix is set for Nov. 18 of this year.
Click here to read the Circuit of the Americas’ lawsuit against Haywood.