December 11, 2005

An Explanation of How they can Declare Eminent Domain

There has been some question in my comments with regard to how the State of Florida can allow the eminent domain to occur in Riviera Beach.

From what I understand, if an area is considered 'blighted' the land can be taken/bought. I may be wrong, but I do believe this is what I've read.

A study was done to show the area that the people supporting the 'rejuvenation' of Riviera Beach wanted was 'blighted'. As we all know, any study can be made to look any way that someone wants it. This data has been looked at and there are big holes in the study.

But... the study has been done, calling the area 'blighted' and to be honest, I think it sounds like a done deal, no matter how poorly accomplished the study has proven to be.

Our local paper did a big front page article today on how it is finally becoming a national issue. The Palm Beach Post has been writing on this for long long time. This latest article brings it all to the forefront again.

Posted by Boudicca at December 11, 2005 10:09 PM | TrackBack

I saw it in the paper yesterday and it looked like another land grab to me but I don't know bth sides of the issue. I just have a problem with government taking private land for development to make money for business. If the business wants the land bad enough free market prices will eventually get it for them.

Posted by: GUYK at December 12, 2005 09:19 AM

Sean Hanity on FOX News did a piece on this a few days ago. If the taking is not for public need (schools, roads etc) but to build condo's and ritzy marina's I do not see how this can be legal. Even if it is written law it is bad law and needs to be changed. Since the SCOTUS said that New London could do this it has been occuring in a number of places all of a sudden.

Posted by: DE644 at December 12, 2005 10:26 AM

Did you notice the ONLY part of Riveria they are taking is basically waterfront? (Posting this at Ogre's comment section as well)

Posted by: VW Bug at December 12, 2005 01:15 PM

I understand why they want the waterfront area, it's the most desireable place to be to put shops, homes, whatever. I And Riviera Beach DOES need cleaning up. But I wish they'd make a point to preserve the boatyards and marinas that have been there for decades. You can build a condo anyplace, but marine-related buinesses HAVE to be on the water, and they're getting rare these days.
Whatever they do, it should be a free-market deal, with minimal govt. involvement or investment.

Posted by: George at December 12, 2005 01:59 PM

DE644- Hannity has adopted this issue and you will see it more...

Posted by: Bou at December 12, 2005 10:33 PM