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Florida "takings" victim seeks help from the U.S. Supreme Court

By Florida "takings" victim seeks help from the U.S. Supreme Court

Attorneys with Pacific Legal Foundation petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the takings case of their client, Coy Koontz Jr. as representative of his father’s estate. Before Coy Koontz Sr. died, he was blocked from developing commercial property that he owned in Orange County, because of confiscatory and unconstitutional demands by the St. John’s River Water Management District. Read the full press release.

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St. Johns River Water Management District v. Koontz

Coy A. Koontz sought to develop commercial land, most of which lies within a riparian habitat protection zone in Orange County, Florida. He applied for a dredge and fill permit with the St. Johns Water Management District, which  agreed to grant the permit only on the condition that he place a conservation easement over his land, and perform mitigation off-site by replacing culverts and plugging certain drainage canals on distant District-owned properties. When Koontz refused to perform the off-site mitigation, St. Johns denied the permit. PLF successfully represented Koontz before the U.S. Supreme Court, which held that a land-use agency cannot condition a permit on the payment of a mitigation fee to be used to pay for facilities that have no connection to the impacts of the permitted development.

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