It sounds like a vaudeville joke:
We're going to dump some sand and widen your beach. -- That's good.
You don't have beachfront property anymore. -- That's bad.
It's also one for the Supreme Court: Stop the Beach Renourishment v. Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
That's it in a nutshell; the state wants to turn ocean front property into ocean view property and six landowners don't like that one bit. Is ocean frontage a property right?
The Kelo case was easy for me, I didn't like taking those people's houses for redevelopment.
This one is a tougher call, but then I've always lived in places where, theoretically, you had access to beachfronts even if they were private property. Theoretically, because it's not always easy to find a way to the beach through private land.
Evidently Justice John Paul Stevens has disqualified himself because of an apartment he owns in Florida. No word on Justice Antonin Scalia. Oh, yeah, it's Florida; he'd just tell us to get over it.
I'm interested, but not too concerned. We're more civilized about such things on Saipan. Here, the owners would just start landscaping, and maybe slip in a pavilion or tennis court.