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Florida, Georgia Governors Hold Private Meeting On Water

Fred Millender stands at the door of his oyster house, Thursday, March 27, 2008, in Eastpoint, Fla.  Millender sells all types of seafood from his business but is most famous for the Apalachicola Bay oysters.  (AP Photo/Phil Coale)
Fred Millender stands at the door of his oyster house, Thursday, March 27, 2008, in Eastpoint, Fla. Millender sells all types of seafood from his business but is most famous for the Apalachicola Bay oysters. (AP Photo/Phil Coale)
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The governors of Florida and Georgia are discussing how to resolve a long-running water dispute.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott met for an hour Tuesday with Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal at the governor’s mansion.

The meeting comes as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a challenge from Florida seeking to limit Georgia’s withdrawals from the Chattahoochee River.

Deal requested the meeting with Scott. The meeting was held behind closed doors.

Florida argues that Georgia is guzzling more than its share of water for growing Atlanta at the expense of the Apalachicola Bay oyster fishery.

In 2013, Scott took the legal battle to the Supreme Court after the oyster industry nearly collapsed.

A spokeswoman for Scott gave few details about the meeting. She said Scott will continue to fight for those whose livelihood depends on the bay.

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