The Northwest Florida Water Management District (NFWMD) has filed a lawsuit against companies affiliated with the Canopy development. Canopy is a mixed use development including single family housing, multi-family housing and commercial use.
According to the lawsuit, NFWMD states that this “is an action seeking temporary and permanent injunctive relief and monetary penalties arising from Defendants’ past and ongoing (and sometime purposeful) violations of the below-referenced NWFWMD environmental resource permits and Chapter 373, Florida Statutes, in relation to ongoing construction projects currently occurring in Leon County.”
The NFWMD is represented by Pennington, P.A.
The lawsuit – which represents one side of the issue – states that proper permits for some construction activities were not secured and certain issued permits were not being followed.
In addition, the lawsuit states that despite being notified that its actions constitute violations of law, one of the companies “has not ceased, and has purposefully continued its violative activities.”
Last month NFWMD issued one of the developers a warning letter and the Department of Environmental Protection sued Canopy developers for “violating Florida’s water resources laws.”
At the time, Steve Ghazvini, one of the developers behind Canopy, told WCTV that they were working to get to the bottom of the issue.
“We try to be conscientious about our neighbors and neighborhoods and this project is no different than any other project that we’ve done,” he said.