I was just kidding about “beach law”

But apparently, there is a growing law practice for some that litigate in the panhandle of Florida (see article here).  The case is Stop the Beach Renourishment, Inc. v. Florida Department of Environment Protection and went to the U.S. Supreme Court in early December for oral argument.  At the heart of the case is the question of whether the Florida beach restoration program amounts to a taking of private property without due process of law: a violation of the 5th and 14th amendments according to the plaintiffs in the matter.  For the plaintiffs, the issue is that the restoration program causes the restored shore to become public property.  That makes sense in that the public paid to repair the beach from erosion.  It’s bad for the homeowners that want their privacy on their own little section of the beach.

You can find some of the documents filed in this matter on JD Supra.  Additional analysis and documents filed in the matter are available here.

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faithatlaw

Maryland technology attorney and college professor.

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