Sep 6, 2014 3:40 PM
A coalition of farmers, restaurateurs and others have launched a new legal battle to keep open a popular Northern California oyster operation ordered closed by the federal government.
Drake's Bay Oyster Co. closed its retail store on July 31 after the U.S. Department of Interior refused to renew its lease, citing environmental concerns. A federal judge is scheduled to consider the group's recently filed lawsuit in an Oakland federal court on Tuesday. The Santa Rose Press Democrat reported Saturday (http://tinyurl.com/m3b56rx ) that the judge's decision could influence how private industries like ranching, lumber and mining use federal lands.
Drake's owner Kevin Lunny legal fight to remain opened failed earlier this year when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to take up his case after a federal appeals court sided with the government.