Grand jury finishes look at billboard/Greg Evers/tree cutting case

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A Tallahassee grand jury looking into how a Panhandle billboard company got permits to cut down more than 2,000 state-owned trees without paying the usual fees has finished its investigation, the Florida Times-Union reported Friday via the News Service of Florida. The jury’s findings, however, will remain sealed until people involved in the investigation are informed of what the jury found. The investigation involves how Bill Salter Advertising escaped fees when it got the contract to remove the trees, and was able to avoid other requirements. The Times-Union has reported that that the company sent emails to Sen. Greg Evers, R-Crestview, then a House member, for help on the issue.

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