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Scott says Florida will file U.S. Supreme Court action in water dispute with Georgia

U. S. Sen. Marco Rubio, left, and Gov. Rick Scott sample oysters in Apalachicola while listening to Shannon Hartsfield, center, discuss oyster harvesting and the plight of Apalachicola Bay. Photo by Bruce Ritchie.

APALACHICOLA -- Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday that Florida will file a lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court to halt what he says is the unchecked and growing consumption of water by Georgia.

The governor's announcement in Apalachicola followed a U.S. Senate field hearing on the dispute over the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system. And the announcement came a day after U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker declared a commercial fishery failure for the oyster fishery along the west coast of Florida.

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