Front page story in the Louisville Courier-Journal, Sat. Dec. 10 (print)
"Floridians grapple with land seizure"
wire service article from the LA Times:
"An Eminent Domain High Tide"
Another case to watch and follow as it plays out.In what has been called the largest eminent-domain case in the nation, the mayor and other elected leaders want to move about 6,000 residents, tear down their homes and use the emptied 400-acre site to build a waterfront yachting and residential complex for the well-to-do.
"This is a reverse Robin Hood," said state Rep. Ronald L. Greenstein, meaning the poor in Riviera Beach would be robbed to benefit the rich. Greenstein, a Coconut Creek Democrat, serves on a state legislative committee making recommendations on how to strengthen safeguards on private property.
"What distinguishes Riviera Beach is the sheer scope of the project, and the number of people it displaces."