BRADENTON, Fla. - In a long-awaited and major victory for proponents of tax increment financing in Florida, the state's high court late yesterday denied a rehearing in the case known as Strand v. Escambia.

The Florida Supreme Court simply ruled that there were not enough votes to grant the rehearing sought by Gregory Strand. Strand wanted a rehearing after the Supreme Court ruled Sept. 18 that it is constitutional for TIF bonds to be sold without first being approved in a public referendum.

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