Cousin FL lawmakers might wind up in court
Two Florida legislators, grandsons of legendary Florida citrus baron Ben Hill Griffin Jr., may end up in court as a result of a board vote taken this morning.
Alexander and Troutman, R-Winter Haven, are Griffin's grandsons. Alexander, a Republican from Lake Wales who used to hold Baxter's seat in the House, joins his father (Alico's chief executive) and brother-in-law on the nine-member Alico board.
Both Alexanders want to develop Alico's 136,000 acres, which are now largely agricultural. Troutman has urged restraint in changing direction at one of the state's largest landowners.
-- Times Staff writer Kris Hundley