After almost three years and about $138,000 in legal fees paid by Jupiter taxpayers, the mangrove-removal case against Roger and Myrna Byrd goes on.
“The town made its point. Cutting mangroves is not a good thing. Nobody wants to go through what the Byrds have been through,” said Bill Wood, a Jupiter attorney who sold the 1-acre parcel on the Loxahatchee River to the Byrds for $1.2 million in 2010.
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- February 2011 - The town levies $1.6 million fine, ($15,000 per tree) citing Roger and Myrna Byrd for removing 109 mangroves without proper permits.
- January 2012 – Magistrate Judge Paul Nicoletti upholds the $1.6 million fine.
- October 2012 - The Byrds replant 280 mangroves on the property. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection plans periodic inspections for the next five years.
- January 2013 - DEP inspection shows about 40 mangroves have washed away. DEP requires at least 80 percent of mangroves planted remain in place. No new plantings are required.
- April 2013 - A Palm Beach County circuit court rules that Jupiter did not have authority to levy the $1.6 million fine. The court rules the Byrds must pay about $35,000 in court costs to Jupiter.
- September 2013 – Byrds appeal requirement to pay $35,000 in court costs. Jupiter files response to appeal.
Jupiter files court petition to make the Byrds pay Jupiter $15,000 fine.