July 10, 2013

Koontz win draws national, local media attention

By Koontz win draws national, local media attention

Our Supreme Court victory in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District has drawn a lot of media attention over the last couple of weeks.

On Sunday, FoxNews interviewed me on the impact of the decision:

The Sacramento Bee—Pacific Legal Foundation’s hometown paper—lambasted the decision in a biting editorial. Today, I published this op-ed in response.

Among other prominent media outlets, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times had opinion articles criticizing Koontz, and the Wall Street Journal ran an editorial in support of the decision.

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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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