Florida Supreme Court denies appeal by Martin County Conservation Alliance, 1000 Friends

Florida Supreme Court

The environmental groups appealed to the Florida Supreme Court in 2011, after the 1st District Court of Appeal filed a substitute ruling that even more strongly made the case for sanctions against the group, according to The Florida Current.

On Thursday, the Florida Supreme Court said there was no legal issue for it to decide, which means it goes back to an administrative hearing officer to determine legal fees and sanctions, including fines.

David A. Theriaque, representing the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association, said groups won’t challenge decisions if they are advised it could cost them $100,000 or more in opposing legal fees plus fines. “There are not many environmental or citizens groups willing to have that exposure for exercising their constiutional right to challenge” a land use decision, he said.

For the complete story: http://www.thefloridacurrent.com/article.cfm?id=32805736

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