If 2,000 state-owned trees fall in the Panhandle and no one is around in Tallahassee to hear them, do they make a sound?

Apparently not.

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That's because, contrary to popular thought, money does grow on trees.

A grand jury can't determine who ordered the slaughter of the state-owned trees — to make room for billboards along I-10. Their report stated that the Florida Department of Transportation was “in flagrant violation of the law” when it aided a billboard company to bilk the state out of about $4 million, reports The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville.

The report urged the department to go out on a limb and try to recoup the money that the ad company should have paid for cutting down the trees.

Since the state couldn’t determine who ordered the law-breaking, a state attorney said that nobody could be charged.

Try to get the money back from the ad agency?

Sounds like they're barking up the wrong tree.

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