High Court Weighs Takings Clause In Fla. Property Dispute

By Carolina Bolado (January 15, 2013, 10:48 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday debated whether the takings clause of the U.S. Constitution could extend to instances in which government entities deny development permits to private property owners after negotiations over permit conditions fail.

Florida landowner Coy A. Koontz Jr., suing on behalf of his deceased father, argued that the St. Johns River Water Management District effected a regulatory taking of his father's property when it denied him development permits after the parties could not reach an agreement on wetlands mitigation.

In oral arguments Tuesday, Paul J. Beard II of the Pacific Legal Foundation, arguing for Koontz, said the...

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