Maybe he has subject matter expertise! According to this article in the Navhind Times, the absentee mediator in this dispute is “the government” – specifically, where should the capital city garbage be dumped [i.e., where should the landfill be located] – not surprisingly the attitude is, you know, not in my backyard. So, how about mediation? In Florida we actually have a statute which is designed to resolve intergovernmental disputes, Chapter 164, Florida Statutes. The process is interesting. Take a look at the prerequisites for the mediation conference and also the duty to negotiate and the obligation to participate in the process in “good faith” [How, and by whom, is that measured?] as well as the consequences for not doing so [F.S. 164.1055 and F.S. 164.1058, for example].
I know, it’s a lot to read but the statute adds twists [some good and some, well, not so good] to the process!
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