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In an 8-0 decision, the nations highest court ruled that beach
renourishment along the Florida Panhandle does not amount to a taking
of private property. When the state deems a stretch of beach "critically
eroded" it brings in new sand to replenish the beach in an effort to protect
against storm damage. The problem, as several waterfront property
owners saw it, is that the newly created beach is public property. So,
according to landowners, what was once private waterfront property
now stops at the beach and the waterfront is public. In an April "It's
Your Land" Fox News investigation before the ruling, landowner Linda
Cherry from nearby Destin, Florida said, "We want to be able to keep
our beach; it's what we paid for, it's what is described in our deeds...
When we buy property on the beach we assume that Mother Nature
might take our backyard. We don't expect the government to take our
When we buy property on the beach we assume that Mother Nature might take our backyard.
Originally posted by boondock-saint
if the land owners had of footed the
bill for the replenishment, would it
still be considered the government's???
or even a public beach???