Two groups representing dog breeders and trainers have filed a lawsuit challenging a voter-approved ban on greyhound racing in Florida.The suit, which was filed last week in U.S. District Court, says the groups want the amendment to be declared unconstitutional, as they believe it gives dogs “a mysterious new set of rights,” while depriving some people of the right to use their property to make an income.West Palm Beach attorney Dawn Alba writes, “This sets an extremely dangerous precedent that an individual may now be dispossessed of personal property at the pleasure of the mob in violation of one of the bedrock principles of the laws of the United States.”The amendment was approved last November by 69 percent of Florida voters. It rules that all dog tracks, including the Palm Beach Kennel Club on Belvedere Road, must close by December 31, 2020.Two months ago, the Florida Greyhound Racing Association also filed a lawsuit in Pinellas County, asking a judge to make the state pay damages to a St. Petersburg kennel owner who claims his dogs are worth at least $50,000.In the local lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of the nonprofit Support Working Animals as well as several breeders and trainers, Alba explains that horse racing remains legal. She adds, “There is no justification for the unequal treatment of banning the wagering on dog races and allowing the wagering on all other animal races.”Alba says in contrast to dog owners, who often identify themselves as parents of pets, dogs legally are property. The new amendment, she continues, “creates a mysterious new set of rights that directly conflict with the existing laws in the state of Florida.”According to Carey Theil, executive director of Massachusetts-based GREY2K USA Worldwide, a group that supported the amendment, five of the state’s 11 tracks have closed since the amendment passed. Two other tracks have announced they will close in the spring, while another track has been sold to a developer.Three others, including the Palm Beach Kennel Club, will wait until next year’s deadline to close. “We’re going to go all the way through. We’re going to go out in style,” says Theresa Hume, spokeswoman for the Palm Beach Kennel Club.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Wellington Sears Store is on the move. Sears will be moving from the Warner Strip Mall on U.S. 160 just south of Penny’s Diner to the former Tibbs Furniture Store location at 214 South Washington.The new location will be the former building for Tibbs Furniture Store on 214 S. Washington.“We are hoping for a location that is a better fit for our store,”Â said Melinda Haggard, of Pratt, who owns the Wellington Sears.The target date to open at its new location is Nov. 17.Wellington Sears will be using 7,000 square feet of the building – 5,000 of it being for showroom.Â Tibbs Furniture Store closed in 2012. The building was recently sold at auction to Shaun Weaver, Farm Bureau Financial Services and is currently getting renovated for the national chain outlet that sells a variety of home appliances.“I thought when I was purchasing the building, the size would be attractive for a business such as Sears,” Weaver said on why he bought the building. “But no I had no idea Sears wanted to move when I made the purchase. It was strictly speculative.” Weaver said the building is getting a new tile floor and other upgrades before opening. The move comes as welcome news to those in the Wellington downtown area, who have been working to bring more retail to the business district. Haggard said the current Warner location was not ideal for visibility for Sears. Plus the owners of the property at U.S. 160 are expected to make significant changes to the lot in the very near future. With the Sears exit, the strip mall will be completely abandoned. Close Forgot password? 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Thank you for your input. +6 Vote up Vote down ronco · 355 weeks ago How about a story on the significant changes planned in the near future for the strip mall. Other than Pennys, this property is an eyesore that needs a realistic business plan. Would be a good location for that Motel that’s been coming soon for years. Good move by Sears. Report Reply 0 replies · active 355 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Scooter · 355 weeks ago Please tell me you are serious about there being a plan for the strip mall. Perhaps you could throw us a bone and give us a little hint. Report Reply 0 replies · active 355 weeks ago -12 Vote up Vote down mr ed · 355 weeks ago lets see move from a location that had thousands of cars pass by a day to a location where just a few hundred may pass by. If they aint busy at the east location things are really going to slow down when the relocate uptown. Not sure this makes sense Report Reply 6 replies · active 354 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down Brian · 355 weeks ago I wish Sears the best. Breathe more live into downtown that is looking a lot more alive! Go down town shop and eat people. You know what they say…..use it or loose it! Report Reply 0 replies · active 355 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down guest · 355 weeks ago Best wishes and thank you to SEARS for sticking with Wellington. Report Reply 0 replies · active 355 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Jake W. · 355 weeks ago It’s great to see the Sears business moving and also our downtown block improving. The sad part is the strip mall. I have a soft spot for the old movie theatre and yes, its an eyesore but its full of fond memories. Perhaps before they tear it down, there can be a look around date. Report Reply 0 replies · active 355 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Tom Countryman · 354 weeks ago Great move on Sears’ part. It should be a great enhancement to Wellington’s downtown. As far as the strip mall is concerned, I hope the improvement plans include repaving the lot. That is the reason we stopped going there way back when Dollar General was still there – fear of ruining the car’s suspension. Report Reply 0 replies · active 354 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 354 weeks ago I wonder if they will keep the same knowledgeable helpful employees. Report Reply 1 reply · active 354 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down South Haven Hick · 354 weeks ago The strip mall is in a steel building that is old and dated, which would take more expense than it would be worth to restore and rehabilitate. No effort has been made to keep the back side in as good shape as the front, and the front does not look that great as is. When the building was constructed, there was not adequate planning in providing for drainage off the lot on the east end, which in the winter becomes a parking or slip and fall hazard. Water is falling out of the gutter system where it should not when it rains. Due to the current condition of the building and property, I think no one who would choose to locate there would meet with success. Wellington would benefit from this structure being removed totally and the property redeveloped with a new and different strip mall layout or free-standing buildings planned to be easier to remodel if owners change and occupied by businesses for which demand will always be strong with local residents and out of town travelers. Report Reply 0 replies · active 354 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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