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‘Free’ Plant City orange grove sparks turf war between family, neighbors

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A turf war has broken out over a five-acre orange grove in Plant City. After her husband, Russell L. Lightsey, died in 2009 at the age of 90, Josephine Lightsey, an 87-year-old Plant City resident, no longer wanted to deal with a 6.5-acre property the couple bought together in 2003. To avoid paying taxes on the large property, Lightsey split it into two sectors: a 1-acre lot containing her home, the other 5.5 acres containing orange groves. She gave the…

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