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Friday, March 4, 2011

Marianna Files Lawsuit Against Florida Public Utilities

As the court house opened on Wednesday morning, attorneys for the City of Marianna were present to file an official lawsuit against Florida Public Utilities. The complaint was filed in the 14th Circuit, for nonperformance by FPU by the terms of their existing franchise agreement with the City of Marianna.
If FPU is found by the court to have failed to comply with the terms specified in the franchise agreement, the way will then be opened for the City to cancel the franchise agreement and then purchase the FPU assets related to delivery of electricity service within the city limits of Marianna. The City could then become a municipal provider of electricity to its residents.
Another possible option would be to purchase the assets and then enter into contractual agreements with other parties for operation of the electrical services.
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