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March 29, 2018

What is an “existing structure” under the California Coastal Act?

For landowners along California's coast, maintaining the right to build a seawall or other protective device can mean the difference between preserving one's home or having it fall into the sea during the next winter storm. The California Coastal Act recognizes the importance of preserving landowners' rights to protect their property. Indeed, the A ...

January 31, 2014

President's weekly report — January 31, 2014

Environment — Right to challenge wetlands designation mistake We filed this opposition to the federal government’s motion to dismiss our case against the government in Duarte Nursery v. United States Army Corps of Engineers.  That’s the case where the Corps ordered John Duarte to stop farming on his property, supposedly becaus ...

March 28, 2011

Victoria Luhrs wins 10-year battle to protect her Lummi Island home from shoreline erosion

Author: Brian T. Hodges Earlier this year, Whatcom County ended its decade-long legal battle to prevent Lummi Island resident Victoria Luhrs from building a shore defense work that is necessary to protect her home from the damage due to wave attack and shoreline erosion.  And in so doing, the County backed off a harmful policy of ...

March 24, 2010

Should Vicki Luhrs Have to Watch Her Dream Home Wash Away? PLF Case Covered by Fox News

Author: Brian T. Hodges On Monday, Fox & Friends aired an interview with PLF client Vicki Luhrs about her 10 year struggle to save her Lummi Island home from shoreline erosion.  See PLF's media advisory here. In 1992, Vicki and her husband bought their dream retirement property. Their home sits above a coastal bluff with ...