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City faces lawsuit over Christmas light contract

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

Clark Sales Display Inc. has been in business since 1983, and in all that time, according to owner Lee Clark, it has never had to threaten to take a client to court—until now.
The Tavares-based company specializes in renting Christmas displays and lights to cities and shopping centers throughout Florida. The holiday season is the company's only opportunity to make money, Clark said Friday.
Until July, when city officials voted to cancel the contract it had with Clark, some of that money came from Chiefland. The company has rented Christmas lights to the city for the past five years.
“We were completely blindsided," Clark said. "I can't fathom why it went down this way ... It's beyond me. I kind of look at it as big government trying to keep the small man down. We're just a small mom-and-pop operation."


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