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High Court: Fla. Supreme Court’s beachfront property ruling was not unconstitutional taking

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on June 17, 2010, unanimously affirmed a Florida Supreme Court ruling that the Florida Beach and Shore Preservation Act does not unconstitutionally deprive beachfront property owners of shoreline rights without just compensation ( Stop the Beach...

Harvey Cedars v. Karan: Condemnation at the Shore and the Evolution of the Common Law

If you were a municipality that had to take action and condemn private property for the public good to avert disaster, before you got to court you would be particularly pleased to be able to say, "See, I told you so," pointing to an avoided calamity. When one New Jersey beachfront community...

Fourth Circuit Rejects Manipulation of Judicial Process As Ocean Manhandles Homes

Can a community condemn shorefront cottages where the beach has eroded at 8 feet per year and the cottages interfere with emergency responders traveling along the beach? Based on the Fourth Circuit's decision at the end of July in Sansotta v Town of Nags Head , [ enhanced version available to lexis...

New Jersey Governor Signs Executive Order For Dune Construction And Other Flood Hazard Risk Reduction Measures

Taking aggressive and necessary action to build protective sand dunes, berms, engineered beaches and other flood hazard risk reduction measures to make New Jersey’s coastline and other flood-prone regions safer and more resilient to future storms, Governor Chris Christie has signed Executive Order...