The Pendleton Panther

Erosion Prevention Dispute Reaches Supreme Court

Posted on: December 2, 2009

Owners of beachfront property near the city of Destin, FL are taking the State of Florida to court.  The trouble started back in 2003 when the state government decided that the region’s beaches were reaching critical levels of erosion due to the numerous tropical storms that had passed through.  The plan was to dump tons of new sand onto the beaches to prevent the waterfront property from being endangered.  This new stretch of land that now borders the ocean and the waterfront homes was also to be considered public property as the lots upon which the buildings are built could not also expand.  Local owners are upset because they believe that this violated their property rights and vastly depreciated the value of their homes with no compensation.  Now, the exact meaning of currently ambiguous “waterfront property” must be ascertained by the Supreme Court.  Whatever the outcome, the case is sure to be no day at the beach.


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