November 2011

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As reported by Donna Weaver in this Press of Atlantic City article, beachfront property owners in Harvey Cedars have recently been paid constitutional just compensation for the taking of their private property rights — private beachfront – by the government.

Harvey Cedars is located on Long Beach Island.  As part of a beach replenishment project designed to provide a benefit to all shore visitors, the municipality needed to take property from the owners of beach-front homes.  Given the necessity of the takings, the New Jersey Constitution mandates payment of just compensation.  Some of the cases have been resolved without the necessity of jury trials, but as noted in the cited article, a jury recently awarded a property owner a substantial sum for the taking of their private property.

Local officials in the Press article complain about the payments made to the property owners, but should bear in mind that these owners did not ask for their property rights to be taken, and are constitutionally guaranteed to receive just compensation.

McKirdy & Riskin’s Tom Olson and Jeff Lewis acted as special condemnation counsel to John and Eileen Troast, who own one of the beachfront properties featured in the Press article. 

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The controversy surrounding the Keystone Pipeline project has escalated to the point where protesters surrounded the White House yesterday to demand that the project be stopped.

Read CNN’s coverage of the recent event here.

We previously covered this story in our New Jersey Condemnation Law Blog (story available here), and first discussed this project a year ago on Fox News Channel, where McKirdy & Riskin’s Anthony Della Pelle provided commentary – watch the video here

Fox News video coverage of Keystone Pipeline

The recent protests have politicized this project to the point where some have suggested that it will be a relevant topic in upcoming elections, pitting property rights advocates with environmental conservation forces against energy lobby and interests and those who contend that the project will help support the economy by providing thousands of high paying construction jobs.

This one does not seem destined to end any time in the near future, so we expect to be back for more soon.


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