It was a showdown with Florida flair — a Martin County business with billionaire backing versus a 77-year-old environmentalist with a constitution as tough as Dade County Pine.
For eight days, the case of mining company Lake Point Restoration against storied Everglades protector Maggy Hurchalla played out in front of a jury.
Was their conflict that of a company wronged by a conservationist’s influence over public officials, or a well-heeled entrepreneur with a grudge and the money to satisfy it in a prolonged legal rumble?
On Wednesday, the six-member jury sided with Lake Point, charging Hurchalla with interfering in an agreement between the company and Martin County, and levying a $4.3 million judgment against her.
Hurchalla, a former Martin County commissioner and sister to the late U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, said she will appeal.
“I’m disappointed,” she said leaving the courtroom. “I think the judge made some very bad rulings of law.”
For Lake Point, the ruling is a third victory in a 5-year court battle that already cowed…Read the rest of this twisted tale of taxpayer loss at MyPalmBeachPost.com and find out who the billionaire businessman and former Wellington resident is that brought the suit.