Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Florida Beaches Head to SCOTUS

Howard J. Bashman, editor of How Appealing, an informative blog devoted to appellate litigation, published this collection of links this morning to the popular press about an upcoming regulatory takings case--the first of the Roberts Court.  This has special relevance to those of us in Charleston, SC, which takings experts will recall is the site of the famous Lucas lots on the Isle of Palms.  Click here to link to How Appealing or view the links compiled there as set forth below:

 

"Supreme Court to hear Florida beach property rights dispute; Homeowners with private beachfronts on the Gulf Coast have sued over a government program that added sand to eroded beaches and made the new strip of land public property": David G. Savage has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.

Warren Richey of The Christian Science Monitor has an article headlined "Supreme Court case: Florida v. beach property owners; Beach property owners in Florida went to court after the state government added sand to the beach in front of their homes, citing erosion, and designated the new stretch public land; The Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday."

Yesterday's edition of The Orlando Sentinel reported that "Beach replenishment trampled our rights, property owners claim; Supreme Court hears Panhandle case -- should they be compensated?"

Today's broadcast of NPR's "Morning Edition" contained an audio segment entitled "Court To Decide: Who Owns A Preserved Beach?" featuring Nina Totenberg.

Mark Sherman of The Associated Press has a report headlined "Beachfront property dispute at Supreme Court."

The Destin Log has a report headlined "Beach restoration in the balance: Supreme Court justices wade into local quagmire."

The Wall Street Journal contains an editorial entitled "Property Rights at the Water's Edge: The Supreme Court gets a seaside view of the Fifth Amendment."

And The St. Petersburg Times contains an editorial entitled "Florida should win battle over beaches."

Special thanks to How Appealing for its compililation of links on this timely issue.

Will Cook, Charleston School of Law


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