A hearing on the county’s cease-and-desist order involving odor and BS Ranch and Farms was halted after Judge Keith Spoto determined testimony would last far longer than promised. A date for the next session is undetermined.
“Every time we spoke to (potential bartenders) their expectation was, yes, you have a great salary, but I can make three times more (through tips),” Posto 9 owner Marco Franca told The Ledger. “I cannot force the market … We tried.” A Facebook announcement of the policy change drew strong comments from both critics and defenders.
An April 19 court date has been set for Polk County’s attempt to temporarily halt operations at BS Ranch & Farm, a source of odor complaints. The county is represented by Tampa’s de la Parte & Gilbert, and the soil distributor is represented by Lakeland’s Clark Campbell et. al. The day before, the county holds a public hearing on a proposed six-month moratorium on soil manufacturing plants.