Palm Beach County judge hears call to toss Minto lawsuit

A judge Monday heard arguments in a call to throw out a lawsuit trying to block the massive development once called Minto West and now known as Westlake.

Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Edward A. Garrison made no ruling Monday, saying he’d study the case a080914-Minto-West-1nd get back to the lawyers.

In December 2014, the environmental group 1,000 Friends of
Florida, and a grassroots coalition of Loxahatchee and Acreage residents, filed separate motions, seeking to overturn the Palm Beach County Commission’s October 2014 green-lighting of the sprawling mixed-use development.

It would feature 4,500 homes and 2.1 million square feet of offices and retail on 3,800 acres that once raised citrus trees in the heart of The Acreage. The plaintiffs said it would snarl traffic, invite urban sprawl and alter the area’s rural way of life.

Robert Hartsell (l) and Ralf Brookes, attorneys for plaintiffs (Staff photo/Eliot Kleinberg)

Robert Hartsell (l) and Ralf Brookes, attorneys for plaintiffs (Staff photo/Eliot Kleinberg)

In its motion for summary judgment, the county had argued law doesn’t allow 1000 Friends or the residents to get the relief they seek. Plaintiffs had filed a response disputing that.

To read more, go later to mypalmbeachpost.com.

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