Jan 29, 2014 10:55 AM
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A popular Northern California oyster farm can stay open for at least 90 days and up to a year-and-a-half as it appeals the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case challenging a federal decision not to renew its lease.
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/Mfrzm6 ) that Peter Prows, an attorney for Drakes Bay Oyster Co., said Tuesday the facility has a mid-April deadline to file an appeal with the high court.
Earlier this month a federal appeals court said it wouldn't reconsider the case.
The oyster company in the Point Reyes National Seashore has remained open since former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in 2012 refused to renew its lease. Salazar cited a 1976 congressional decision to return the waters of Drakes Estero to wilderness status.
The farm has since lost all of its appeals to overturn that decision.
Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, http://www.pressdemocrat.com
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