Monday, November 12, 2007
Judge allows for more time in woodpecker dispute
The Naples News reports on Administrative Law Judge T. Kent Wetherell II agreement with attorneys to put a case on hold pending settlement discussions. The case involves a challenge by the Department of Community Affairs to Collier County refusal to tighten protections for red-cockaded woodpeckers. The negotiations have included the Florida Wildlife Federation and Collier County Audubon Society, which intervened in the case on the side of the DCA, and landowners John and Jane Cowan, the Hideout Golf Club and Buckley Enterprises, who intervened on the side of the county.