January 15, 2013

Koontz Press Conference at the Supreme Court

By Koontz Press Conference at the Supreme Court

Washington, D.C.; January 15, 2013: This morning, the historic property rights case of Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District was argued at the United State Supreme Court by Paul J. Beard II, a principal attorney with Pacific Legal Foundation. PLF is the leading public interest watchdog organization that litigates for limited government and property rights. PLF attorneys represent petitioner Coy Koontz, Jr., without charge, as they do for all PLF clients.

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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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