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Fruit Detente In Montgomery?

Ah, the Montgomery County fruit and veggie wars may be coming to an end.

Robin Ficker, whose son Rob's fruit stand has been at the center of a dispute over equal treatment, said today that a judge has instructed him and a state lawyer to work out the details of a settlement this weekend. It would essentially allow the stand to be set up again at its old River Road location through the end of the season in the fall, Ficker said. But it would come with a concession.

Jonathan Sadd, owner of another stand caught up in the dispute, said he believes the resolution Ficker described is essentially the same understanding he has with the state.

His son "would agree not to come back there on state property unless the law was changed to allow such operations in the state right of way," Ficker said. The state's rep in the case was not available for comment.

Ficker said he would be pleased with the compromise, which is supposed to be presented to the court Monday.

"It means he would operate there as he has for the past 3 years, that he would be able to serve his old customers, and he would be able to provide that six mouthwatering fresh ears of corn for 99 cents, and there would be hope the law would be changed to allow such operations on the state highway, and after the law is changed he could continue to operate there next year," Ficker said.

Ficker had filed suit in Montgomery Circuit Court earlier Friday seeking a temporary restraining order barring the state from maintaining "No Trespassing" signs at his son's former site along River Road. The suit also sought $1 million "in lost profits and damage to his reputation" and $3 million in punitive damages.

By Michael Laris  |  August 28, 2009; 6:21 PM ET
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Closing Rob Ficker's stand was a political attack on his Dad. Rob Ficker isn't even political. I hope he gets his $4 million!

Posted by: jason14 | August 29, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

The compromise is a reasonable step to remedy an injustice. I'm aware at some point during the dispute the state cited traffic safety as having influenced the decision to enforce the law. As a customer of the stand, I've not observed any safety concerns; it's tough to accept that reason as rationale for the treatment targeted at Ficker. I hope the law can be changed to allow the operation to continue in the future.

Posted by: amginther | August 29, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Another example of this state's overbearing government in action.... this time trying to single out a relative of an outspoken political opponent.

They should save the fruit and bring it to next year's general assembly. The tomatoes should be perfect by then.

Posted by: afpre42 | August 31, 2009 5:41 AM | Report abuse

The county is about to go throkugh a round of furloughs and layoffs and Rollin Stanley the planning directors, believes in secrecy, so I fail to see how so much energy is being expended on veggie stands? What a waste of ...

Posted by: VikingRider | August 31, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Watch out! The state may use its power and come for you next!

Posted by: barbaraj1 | September 1, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

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