Florida city drops legal fight; ex-mayor to be reinstated

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Posted: Apr 28, 2015 12:22 AM

MIAMI LAKES, Fla. (AP) — A former mayor of a south Florida city who was acquitted of federal corruption charges is set to be reinstated.

Current Miami Lakes Mayor Wayne Slaton announced Monday he will step aside so Michael Pizzi can return to the post.

Slaton was elected after Pizzi's arrest in August 2013 in an FBI sting involving questionable city grants. Slaton and the town had refused to relinquish the job after Pizzi's acquittal last year.

Pizzi filed a lawsuit, and two courts have ruled that Pizzi should serve his term until November 2016. Slaton said he won't appeal the latest decision, issued last week by the 3rd District Court of Appeals.

Gov. Rick Scott initially refused to lift Pizzi's suspension from office, but relented in December on orders from the Florida Supreme Court.