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Thurston Howell's Island?

I figured that the repercussions from the eminent domain decision in Kelo would be extreme but I didn't think that they would devolve into parody so quickly. Riviera Beach, Florida is talking about using eminent domain on up to 2,000 homes (6,000 people) to build a yacht club. Once again, life imitates The Onion.

Taxes blah blah jobs blah blah - once again eminent domain is going to be used to take private property from poor people to give it to rich people because it will make things better for, um, the people who happen not to live in the footprint of the new development? The Mayor? I don't know exactly who it is supposed to benefit, but I do know that there is no fucking way that a yacht club is a public fucking service.

(Via Metafilter)

Posted by Charles Star on 10/11/2005 | Permalink


Not to defend this decision in any way, but it's not a repercussion of Kelo. Kelo just upheld the existing law.

Posted by: jw mason | Oct 11, 2005 8:48:46 PM

Not exactly. Prior to Kelo the definition of "public use" was ambiguous - the ambiguity acted as a brake on runaway takings. Post Kelo it clearly means "anything goes." There is still a slim hope from the concurring opinions that the Court may someday find a seizure unreasonable but it isn't going to happen for a while.

Posted by: Charles Star | Oct 12, 2005 1:36:04 AM

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