The suit seeks compensation for lost property value, environmental cleanup and medical monitoring for people who purchased homes in the Oakbridge and Grasslands communities that were built on reclaimed phosphate mines. It was filed in Tampa federal court on behalf of Oakbridge resident John Jerue by a Houston law firm that advertised for claimants on Facebook and by Lakeland’s Lilly, O’Toole & Brown. Drummond Co., the target of the suit, has not offered comment. The suit also raises questions about political interference in EPA attempts to assess radiation levels, The Ledger reported.
After Lakeland approved Sunday sales in 2015, bar and convenience store owners near city limits pushed the county to follow suit. County commissioners voted 3-2 against Sunday sales last year, but a proponent has replaced an opponent on the board since then.