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Florida City Cannot be forced to Provide CCA with Water Utility Services

A Florida Circuit Court held the City of Pembroke Pines did not waive its right to deny water to a Correction Corporation of America (CCA) facility.

CCA bought a plot of land in 1988 in hopes of winning a contract to build a 750 bed women’s jail in unincorporated Broward County, who later withdrew plans to build the jail.  CCA then hoped to build an ICE detention center on the plot, but the federal government decided to not build that facility.

In 2000, the plot of land became part of the Town of Southwest Ranches.  No plans were presented by CCA for building on the industrial zoned cite.  CCA, however, was seeking to force the City of Pembroke Pines to fulfill its decade long quest to connect the site to its water utilities.

The Court held The City does not have a “duty” to provide that service in an area outside its jurisdictional limits.  There was no contractual agreement, city zone, or City Commission vote to require or allow such service.  As such, The City, was not required to provide water utility service.

See: City of Pembroke Pines v. Corrections Corporation of America, Florida Broward County Circuit Court, Case No 12-7337 (25).

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