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Judge’s order keeps Groover’s market in Palmetto closed

PALMETTO -- A judge has granted a contempt motion that will keep Groover’s Super Market in Palmetto from reopening unless it gets court or county approval first.

The business at 110 17th St. W. closed in October, but county officials said at the time that a court order was the only way to ensure the market, which had been plagued by crime, remained shut.

In September, attorneys representing Manatee County filed the contempt motion against the market in an effort to close it as a public nuisance.

Last week, their motion was granted after a hearing before Circuit Judge Diana L. Moreland, according to court documents.

The motion asked the judge to find the market in contempt on grounds that it failed to comply with her July 13 order requiring security enhancements in an effort to halt criminal activity that flourished there.

Listed as a defendant on the order was Horizon Construction Management Services.

Palmetto Mayor Shirley Groover Bryant is a member of the family that at one time owned the property, but she has never been an owner herself, according to her son, attorney Patrick Bryant. Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031.