Cost of violating property rights

April 11, 2016 | By CHRISTINA MARTIN

Yesterday, the Daytona Beach News-Journal ran my op-ed about the St. Johns River Water Management District’s attempt to take Coy Koontz’s property by way of an extortionate permit demand.  The article relates a troubling conversation that occurred in the course of the conflict: “If you want Mr. Koontz’s land, why don’ ...


Koontz oral argument : armor against government extortion

January 10, 2013 | By CHRISTINA MARTIN

This Tuesday, PLF attorney Paul Beard will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to protect property owners from unfair government demands made during the permitting process. PLF’s client, Coy Koontz, Jr., is fighting a Florida agency’s decision that conditioned issuance of land use permits upon Koontz agreeing to pay for improvements on public l ...