On August 7, 2015, Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal rejected Florida Audubon Society’s appeal of three South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) permits governing water control structures and agricultural activities on more than 230,000 acres of farmland adjacent to the Florida Everglades. The court affirmed SFWMD’s order, which rejected Audubon’s claims that best management practices being implemented by the farmers are insufficient despite their success in reducing phosphorus levels by an annual average of more than 50% since 1995. Hopping Green & Sams (HGS) attorneys Gary Perko and Mohammad Jazil represented Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida, an association of sugar and vegetable farmers, in the both the appeal and underlying administrative hearing. The District Court’s opinion is available here.
For additional information contact Gary Perko or Mohammad Jazil.