Nov 04, 2007

And Could You Detail Those Briefs, Too?

carwash1.jpg What's it cost to get an attorney to widen the road in front of a Florida car wash? At least $125,000 for attorneys' fees and legal experts. Background: Back in 2004, officials in Marion County, Florida wanted to widen a local road and needed a 2,000 square foot right-of-way in front of Mike's car wash. County commissioners instituted an eminent domain claim that later was bogged down in procedural issues and appeals. Under Florida law, the county must pay a property owner's attorneys' fees and costs in an eminent domain case and Mike's attorneys handed the county a bill for $160,000 which was eventually whittled down to $125,000 (a little less than half the value of the property at issue). The $125,000 doesn't include what the county paid its attorneys so it's possible the total legal costs exceeded the property value. One county commissioner pointed out that a death penalty case costs only $83,000 and recommended cryptically that next time, the county should "just sue him to death."

What's it cost to get an attorney to help you start up your car wash? Approximately $1500.

Which is better for your car, handwashing or a car wash? According to a microscopic study of car finishes by the University of Texas, a mechanical car wash is better.

Which is better for the environment, hand washing or a car wash? According to the experts, take it to Mike's ... oh wait, has he been replaced by a widened road?

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