“No debate on the proper balance between private property rights and conflicting societal needs is complete without noting the Takings Clause.”
The ruling restores rights under the Fifth Amendment, opening federal courts to property owners seeking “just compensation” for the taking of their property by government.
Efforts by county officials in the Florida Panhandle to undermine both the property rights and the First Amendment rights of owners of a beachfront home came to naught March 23 when Gov. Rick Scott signed a law reaffirming key foundations of the U.S. Constitution.
The joy of owning beachfront property has become a nightmare for a North Carolina family embroiled in a nasty dispute with a local government intent on engaging is some old-fashioned land-grabbing.