Owner of shuttered wedding hall 'in Cancun on business' as couples seek refunds
Nathan Bomey | AnnArbor.com
But several couples told AnnArbor.com that they were not told that they would not be able to hold their wedding indoors until a week or two before their event was scheduled. Several couples have also said they have not received full refunds of their deposits.
At least one bride affected by the situation, Kristine Courts, said she was considering filing a lawsuit to retrieve her $2,000 deposit.
One future bride, Kathy Rockwell, whose wedding is scheduled for Aug. 12 at Barnstormer, told AnnArbor.com this afternoon that Barnstormer had still not informed her of the situation. She said she's contacted Cortis four times to get her $1,000 deposit refunded but hasn't heard back.
"I am not anticipating any recourse for the fact that he stole my money, but I hope his business suffers and his life is inconvenienced like mine is," Rockwell wrote in an email.
Attempts to contact Cortis earlier this week were not successful.
Here are links to recent coverage of the Barnstormer banquet hall closure:
WDIV-TV Channel 4: Closing Banquet Hall Causing Trouble For Weddings
Fox 2 Detroit: Green Oak Township: Barnstormer Not Up to Code
Associated Press: Banquet Hall Shutdown Hits Michigan Weddings
Livingston Daily Press & Argus: Banquet hall shutdown hits Michigan weddings