Agriculture is big business in Florida and keeping crops hydrated is a struggle for farmers throughout the state. From small private cooperatives to large agricultural entities, many producers have been impacted in recent years by blue-green algal blooms throughout the state. These blooms have had a detrimental impact on Florida producers and have jeopardized the operations of many agricultural businesses.
Ensuring that Florida residents have access to safe and adequate power sources is a constant process of the utility companies that service the state. Over the course of the last decade, multiple power companies have attempted to work together to build a more than 500 mile-long natural gas pipeline through Florida and parts of other surrounding states. The companies engaged in eminent domain proceedings to take land from Florida residents in order to construct their controversial project.
Florida is home to many natural wonders, with one of the most beautiful being its miles of coastal beaches. The state has beaches on the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean and provides its residents with many places to live and play near the water. In Boca Raton, many residents love the miles of undisturbed beaches that they consider part of the city's character. While much of the land is publicly owned, certain stretches of it are owned by private individuals.
Florida is known throughout the world for its gorgeous stretches of beach. Our state is unique for its combination of city living and beachfront beauty.
On June 12, 2016, 49 men and women were killed at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando by a gunman. The event rocked the state of Florida and shocked Americans throughout the country. Individuals connected to the heinous crime have fought to keep the memory of the victims alive and in the wake of the unspeakable tragedy formed the onePulse Foundation.
You own a business on land that the government hopes to condemn for public works. Although you have owned and maintained your business for years, the eminent domain process may allow the government to quickly obtain your land and use it for city projects. Know that if you receive notice for eminent domain, you are not alone, and an attorney can help you in your quest for compensation.
Residents of Florida may have questions regarding eminent domain proceedings. The common questions revolve around the issue of whether a government may take a property under certain circumstances.
Some residents in Florida may be required to sell their property to protect a local beachfront. Specifically, Boca Raton officials may take possession of seven properties north of the Boca Inlet. In 2016, several property owners were asked to voluntarily sell their properties, but no one was willing to sell. Now, the government may try to use the principle of eminent domain to take those properties.
Property owners might be interested in a case that is currently pending in Florida. The case involves Collier County and the lawsuit that was filed and won against it by a subsidiary of CVS Health called RTG and Holiday CVS. In that case, a jury awarded the plaintiffs $6.5 million in an eminent domain case.
A Florida family won a minor victory in 2017 in a long legal battle against the city of Cape Coral over an eminent domain land purchase that began in 2014. While the family expects legal arguments may continue, the City Council agreed to drop the matter and purchase a nearby parcel. The case represents hope for landowners who may be facing eminent domain and a reminder that opposing unfair takings does have a chance of success.