2 Pinellas County cities suing oil giant BP

Published: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 9:08 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 9:08 a.m.

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Two cities along the Gulf of Mexico are suing oil giant BP over tens of millions of dollars in lost tax revenues from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Dunedin and Clearwater join other local governments such as Tampa and Hillsborough County, along with the state of Florida, that are also suing BP.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that the lawsuits from Clearwater and Dunedin were two of nearly 60 suits that South Carolina-based law firm Motley Rice filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Louisiana.

The cities claim they suffered millions in losses from hotel, gas, sales and other tax and fee receipts because of the spill. No oil washed into the Tampa Bay area but the cities say visitors were scared away.

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