Appeals court order environmentalists to pay lawyers’ fees in Martin County caseby Dara Kam | December 15th, 2010
A state appeals court has ordered environmental groups to pay attorneys fees of Martin County, the Florida Department of Community Affairs and developers for appealing a land-use case, the Florida Tribune is reporting.
The website reports that the 1st District Court of Appeals in Tallahassee ruled against the environmentalists yesterday in a 2007 Martin County case.
Three years ago, the county reduced to two acres from 20 acres the minimum lot size required in a nearly 200,000-acre swath of designated agricultural land in western Martin County.
1000 Friends of Florida and the Martin County Conservation Alliance challenged the land-use change, saying it failed to establish predictable standards to protect environmentally sensitive lands.
The appellate court ruled that the environmentalists lack legal standing because they were not affected since there was no increase in development since the new standards went into effect.