What Does Public Purpose Mean?
Ordinarily, a government can exercise eminent domain only if its taking will be for a “public purpose” or “public use” – which may be expansively defined along the lines of public “safety, health, interest, or convenience”. Typically, the most common example of a “public use” is the taking of land to build or expand a public road or highway. Additionally, public use could also include the taking of land to build a school, municipal building or a public park. However, under Florida law, redevelopment of a “blighted” property or neighborhood solely for the purpose of removing the blight is prohibited.
If the government is seeking to take your property for anything other than a clear public purpose, you may be able to stop them. The lawyers at The Florida Property Rights Law Firm will help you understand the condemnation process and your rights as a Florida property owner. We’ll fight to help you keep your property and/or ensure that you receive full value for your property.
Our eminent domain lawyers represent private property and business owners throughout the State of Florida. We don’t charge for an initial consultation and in most cases, the government has to pay your court costs and our attorneys’ fees. Please call or email us today to schedule your initial consultation.