October 3, 2005

Riviera Beach, FL property owners are the latest to face eminent domain abuse by local officials

by @ 2:28 pm. Filed under Property Rights Abuse

Officials in Riviera Beach, FL want to revitalize the area’s property and may take land via eminent domain to do it! SCUMBAGS! Ever since the US Supreme Court decided that government can take land if the officials feel they could make the land more profitable the abuse just keeps on rolling. Now about 6,000 residents in this mostly Black community with a total population of 27,639 may face the government taking their land if they refuse to give it up! I wonder if this might create some strange bedfellows? Imagine Civil Rights ACTORvist Jesse Jackson locking arms with Neal Boortz and Sean Hannity 😀 . (The term ACTORvist borrowed from my friend over at The Cultural Strategist. It’s just too appropriate a term for people like him!) Well I guess the Civil Rights Clowns will first have to figure out how profitable this might be for them in terms of donations to their organizations. Given the large public anger over eminent domain abuse they will probably jump in and act like it was the Conservatives that wanted more eminent domain. When it’s actually the most Conservative Justices on the US Supreme Court that were against it. And by chance the swing voter Sandra Day O’Connor joined them in opposition.

Here’s an interesting quote:

From Washington Times story: Florida city considers eminent domain

Viking spokesman Peter Frederiksen said the plan “is to create a working waterfront,” adding that the project could take 15 years and that “we would only use condemnation as a last resort.”
Viking has said it will pay at least the assessed values of homes and businesses it buys.

Funny how that “last resort” continues to be exercised in similar cases all over the country! Only a fool would give up some waterfront property in Florida when they know it may be built up to increase the value of the area! That is when the government won’t make your life a nightmare by taking your land even if you want to hold out and not sell right away! And while current owners might be paid an assessed value, that is less than their property would be worth depending on how values rise over time.

Press your representatives to enact protections so government can’t take your property for things other than real public use (hospital, school, etc.).

And here’s another thought. There are only so many people with money and skills go after. How many communities can “revitalize” their area before some town finds they can’t attract any people with money because they are happy elsewhere? It could happen. Then what? The town has to stick the remaining residents for higher taxes to pay off loans! If an area has enough opportunity for growth then private companies can make acceptable offers to current property owners WITHOUT GOVERNMENT TAKING LAND. Then the property owner gets to negotiate a value that THEY FEEL IS FAIR. Not one that government finds to be a “fair”.

One Response to “Riviera Beach, FL property owners are the latest to face eminent domain abuse by local officials”

  1. Independent Conservative Says:

    The Right to not be Rich

    The recent abuses of eminent domain mean that you have no right to be anything but rich. Anything less means you have no right to own property.

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