Don't fool with a princess
The latest news in the Riviera Beach eminent domain battle.
WEST PALM BEACH — Princess Wells is eager to remove the vestiges of Hurricane Wilma from her Riviera Beach home. But she worries that any money she spends will truly be gone with the wind.Mayor Brown continues to state Riviera Beach will win in court. TFM is betting the Mayor will be the latest example of someone having a Harvard education doesn't necessarily make that person smart.
Nora and Mike Mahoney say they just want to find tenants so they can turn their office building on Broadway into a going concern.
Wells and the Mahoneys say they face the same obstacle: the city of Riviera Beach.
On Tuesday, they stood alongside lawyers for the Virginia-based Institute for Justice and explained why they lent their names to a lawsuit filed that day challenging the city's plan to seize their properties for a planned $2.4 billion waterfront development.
Wells and the Mahoneys said the city's plan to condemn their property through eminent domain has made it impossible for them to carry on their lives.
The Mahoneys said few are interested in renting offices in their Main Street Plaza, a former rundown motel that they spent at least $200,000 renovating. Once would-be tenants hear that the building may be seized by the city, they look elsewhere, the Mahoneys said.
Wells said her beauty salon on Singer Island and house on West 27th Street are in the path of the planned redevelopment project. Joining the lawsuit, she said, is a way to seize her rights.
"I'm a United States of America citizen and I have a right to stay in my home," she said.
Robert Gall, one of the lawyers for the justice institute, called the city's action "outrageous." He pointed out that officials inked the deal with developer Viking Inlet Harbor Properties a day before Gov. Jeb Bush in May signed a law making it illegal for governments to use the power of eminent domain to seize private property and give it to developers to spur economic rebirth.
"The city of Riviera Beach is trying to flout the law," he said.
Reached later, Mayor Michael Brown had equally strong words for the institute.
Calling it the "Institute for Injustice," he said the suit is just another attempt to keep his poverty-racked city from prospering. Riviera Beach played by the rules and the rules can't be changed in mid-game, he said.
A graduate of Howard University law school, he said he is talking to some of his former constitutional law professors about defending the city in the suit.
The institute was involved in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that this year spurred Florida and other states to restrict eminent domain powers.
As can be shown by Mayor Brown's tactics in this post.
Also note the Palm Beach Post headline=
National group files Riviera eminent domain suit
While the headline is accurate, the Post again shows its liberal and pro-eminent domain bias. The clowns up in West Palm Beach know why taxpayers need the help of groups like the Institute for Justice. When it comes to fighting city hall, few taxpayers have the financial wherewithal to do it. Why the liberal Post takes the side of developers over poor people in Riviera Beach is beyond me. It does show the paper to be a hypocrite.
Riviera Beach is one of the worst parts of Palm Beach County. You can dress up a pig with fancy jewelry, but its still a pig. The same applies to Riviera Beach if they win their eminent domain battle. Few people want to drive to a crime ridden place for the simple reason we value our safety before pleasure. If the Post and Mayor Brown don't believe me, just look at the Miami Arena. It was supposed to re-vitalize that part of Miami 20 years ago. Instead today the arena is closed and the subject of lawsuits. I can list other failed South Florida redevelopment projects.
Good luck Princess and thank you Institute for Justice.
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