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September 22, 2018

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Joyce Edmondson | 5/11/2012

› Reinventing urban agriculture: Which came first, the chicken or $750?
Owning a chicken in Jacksonville requires a permit, which requires a fee. The fee for allowing farm animals was originally set for people who wanted to keep a horse. When the fee was set, the amount was created with a Horse and stable in mind. Since then, hens have become less and the only fee which allows them to be legally placed in your backyard is the old one set aside for horses. That fee is $750 every year.

› Florida Supreme Court hears foreclosure appeal
In a case that could impact thousands of homeowners facing foreclosure, Florida's Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday on whether a judge can revive a dropped case when the plaintiff is suspected of fraud. The justices took up Pino vs. The Bank of New York, a Palm Beach County case in which drywall hanger Roman Pino accused his bank of fraudulently backdating documents used against him in foreclosure proceedings. This is the first time Florida's high court has taken up a foreclosure case since the housing collapse.

› UF study finds logging of tropical forests needn’t devastate environment
Harvesting tropical forests for timber may not be the arch-enemy of conservation that it was once assumed to be, according to a new study led by a University of Florida researcher. Selective logging may be one of the few feasible options left for conserving tropical forests given the huge financial incentives pushing tropical landholders to convert primary forests into cash-generating agricultural plantations.

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Miami Beach considers annexing western Venetian Islands
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Two of the Venetian Islands are part of Miami while the other four belong to Miami Beach. Some residents of Biscayne and San Marco islands say they want to join Miami Beach, but they face an uphill battle.

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