Citrus War in Florida Continues to Bear Bitter Fruit

by | Jun 22, 2017

 

The citrus tree fight continues in Florida but could be expedited by the Florida Supreme Court.

On Wednesday, the Florida Supreme Court notified Governor Rick Scott that he has until noon on Monday, June 26th to respond to a lawsuit that challenges the governor’s veto of more than $37 million earmarked for citrus tree growers, who’s healthy trees were cut down as the state battled citrus-canker disease.

The legislature had included the $37.4 in the 2017-18 budget as the state had been battling the case for years after homeowners filed against the state for removing healthy citrus trees on their properties in Broward and Lee counties from 2000 to 2006.

The most recent filing by the homeowners at the Supreme Court contends the veto of the $37.4 million is unconstitutional.

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