TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – A legal battle about exploratory oil drilling in the Everglades has gone to the Florida Supreme Court.

Broward County and the city of Miramar have filed a notice that is a first step in asking the Supreme Court to take up the dispute. The county and city are challenging a ruling by the 1st District Court of Appeal in favor of Kanter Real Estate, LLC, a major Broward County landowner that has battled the Florida Department of Environmental Protection over a permit to drill a well on about five acres in the Everglades.

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A panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal ruled February 5th that the Department of Environmental Protection improperly rejected a recommended order by an administrative law judge, who said in 2017 that a permit should be approved for Kanter to drill the exploratory well on land it owns.

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Kanter, which has about 20,000 acres in Broward County, applied in 2015 for the permit, which the department denied. That led Kanter to take the case to an administrative law judge.

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