Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Monkey Breeding Controversy Ends At Court Of Appeal

LABELLE, FL. -- Today, the Florida Second District Court of Appeal affirmed Circuit Court Judge James Sloan’s decision in the Williams Stephens, Carol Grey, and Keely Cinkota vs. Hendry County case that Hendry County did not violate the Sunshine Law regarding the zoning permissions for monkey breeding facilities in the county.

The original lawsuit was filed by the plaintiffs in 2014 in regard to the County’s allowance of non-human primate breeding facilities on agriculturally-zoned lands in Hendry County.

“We are pleased that the panel of three judges with the Second District Court of Appeal upheld Judge Sloan’s decision that Hendry County did not violate the Sunshine Law,” says Charles Chapman, County Administrator. “Hendry County continues to stand by the rights provided to our property owners contained within the language of our comprehensive plan and land development code.”

This concludes the litigation and no further appeals will be possible say county officials. The County will be seeking to recover from the plaintiffs the court costs that were incurred in the litigation.

See Southwest Florida Online's exclusive original stories on the Monkey Breeding Facilities In Hendry County and the controversy over the last several years.

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