Thursday, May 11, 2006

"We know our enemy
is now the legislature"

Riviera Beach is trying to outmaneuver the Florida Legislature.

Last week, legislators passed a bill that strips cities like Riviera Beach from using its eminent domain powers to take private land and give it to developers.

"We know our enemy is now the legislature," Mayor Michael Brown said.

The bill endangers Riviera Beach’s planned 400-acre International Harbor Village, which will consist of a hotel, condos, retail shops, restaurants, a maritime charter school and an aquarium. So last night, in an attempt to save the project, the city council rushed into signing a contract with the developer. See previous posts here, here and here.

Because Gov. Jeb Bush hasn't signed the new eminent domain legislation yet, the city can argue that it is bound by the current law, which gives it authority to take private property and give it to developers for economic purposes.

Read the Palm Beach Post story here.


At 7:02 PM, Blogger Anonymous Law Student said...

I only have a semester of con law to inform this thought...but the way I understood it, if someone knew that regulatory action was likely, and made a contract anyways, then the Court might be inclined to say the law is valid and the K can be interfered with. In your opinion, will Riviera get away with this?


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