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GolfRock, LLC v. Lee County, Florida Documents 10-8-15

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J. David Breemer

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David (Dave) Breemer developed a passion for liberty while reading classics such as John Locke’s Two Treatises of Government and Thomas Paine’s The Rights of Man, as he pursued a … ›

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Christina M. Martin

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Christina Martin is an attorney at PLF’s Florida office in Palm Beach Gardens. She litigates cases around the country to protect individual rights, property rights, and the rule of law.  … ›

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Mark Miller is a PLF Senior Attorney and manages PLF’s Florida office in Palm Beach Gardens. Mark’s work on behalf of property rights, the First Amendment, and our other constitutional … ›

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By James S. Burling

Weekly litigation report — June 16, 2018

Victory for the First Amendment! Challenging Florida’s Tone Deaf Hearing Aid Bureaucrats Supreme Court Splits on Salmon Santa Barbara Association of Realtors v. City of Santa Barbara Victory for the … ›

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By James S. Burling

Weekly litigation report — July 8, 2017

  • California Supreme Court tells landowners to watch homes fall into the sea
  • Land use in Florida: If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance
  • PLF, other organizations, ask Arizona Supreme Court to properly define “tax”
  • Can government condemn a business operation and hand it over to a competitor?
  • Washington court limits reach of public trust doctrine
  • Property rights are a grave matter in the 3rd Circuit

California Supreme Court tells landowners to watch home fall into the sea

The California Supreme Court ruled against landowners in Lynch v California Coastal Commission The court held that two homeowners, Thomas Frick and Barbara Lynch, could not sue over the Coastal Commission’s onerous restrictions on a

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By Christina M. Martin

Government evades property rights by stalling

For an example of how impossible it can be for property owners to ripen (ie, get a court to hear) a takings claim, look no further than the decision today in GolfRock, LLC v Lee County  Even when the government regulates away the use of your land, it can sometimes be very difficult to get courts to hear your claim for just compensation under the Fifth Amendment’s Takings Clause or any state equivalent

GolfRock sought a permit to mine its land in Lee County in 2005 Several years of government stalling and five application supplements later, the County changed the rules—the local comprehensive plan—to preclude mining on GolfRock’s land

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