The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

27 April 2004

Florida wants a lot from you

A measure pending in the Florida legislature would redefine the "public use" restriction in the taking of private land under eminent-domain laws. Proponents say it's necessary for the survival of small cities who have plenty of residential lots but no place for business expansion; opponents see it as a license to grab land for any reason whatsoever.

Given the generally sorry track record of state and local governments in matters of this sort, there's no way I'm going to say anything nice about this bill. Senator Mike Bennett assures us the additional powers given to the state won't be abused; allow me to point out that condemning privately-held land for the benefit of some other private owner, even in the name of "economic development," is about as abusive as you can get.

(Via Hit & Run)

Posted at 11:21 AM to Political Science Fiction

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What is in the water down in Florida? The legislature wants to take away an individuals right to private property, and give state and local governments more latitude to kick people off their land, and give it to private developers.......[read more]

"...the additional powers given to the state won't be abused..."

Excuse me while I collapse in laughter.

"I really will respect you in the morning!"

Posted by: Steve Gigl at 4:39 PM on 27 April 2004

Right up there with "The check is in your mouth" and "I won't come in the mail," or however that works.

Posted by: CGHill at 5:21 PM on 27 April 2004