County wants out of suit challenging development orders in Minto case

Palm Beach County has filed a motion to withdraw from a suit challenging development orders it issued to facilitate Minto’s massive project in The Acreage.

Two Loxahatchee area residents and a preservation group, 1000 Friends of Florida, sued Minto and county, arguing that the development orders the county issued violated its comprehensive plan.

Minto and the county won the case, which was appealed.

Now, the county – citing the Minto development area’s incorporation on June 20 as the new city of Westlake – wants out of the case.

“Thus, as of June 20, 2016, the County no longer possessed the authority to administer the development orders it originally issued, rather, the City of Westlake possesses exclusive authority to administer those orders,” the county wrote in a motion filed Tuesday with the 4th District Court of Appeal.

The county’s motion notes that lawyers for those who sued the county and Minto do not object to its request to withdraw from the case.

The attorney representing Minto will handle the appeal, “and the City of Westlake should be substituted for the County,” the county’s lawyers wrote.

Minto's Westlake Community Center sits empty on Seminole Pratt Whitney Road across from Seminole Ridge High School in Westlake, Florida on June 24, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Minto’s Westlake Community Center on Seminole Pratt Whitney Road across from Seminole Ridge High School in Westlake, Florida on June 24, 2016. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)