Saturday, June 25, 2005

Kelo lets bulldozers roar

That didn't take long. I talked about the Kelo decision in the earlier post, and it seems as if the developers in South Texas were waiting for the Supreme Court to rule before they went forward with their plans. The Houston Chronicle gives us this:
FREEPORT - With Thursday's Supreme Court decision, Freeport officials instructed attorneys to begin preparing legal documents to seize three pieces of waterfront property along the Old Brazos River from two seafood companies for construction of an $8 million private boat marina.
In this case, the land belongs to a seafood processer, so Granny won't be losing her house, but the government in this action is preferring a marina over an established business.

However, the seafood company is hopeful that state law will help them keep their land.
Western Seafood spokesman Wright Gore III said the wholesale shrimp company was disappointed with the Supreme Court decision, but believes the ruling does not apply to the city's eminent domain proceedings.
Yeah. Right.

This is probably the worst decision to come out the Supreme Court in my lifetime. This opens the way for bald-faced land grabs. If the government wants it, they can have it.

Excuse me while I go reload some ammo.


Anonymous said...

That decision has many city fathers and corporate executives singing in happiness. Any time Wal-Mart wants to expand a parking lot the property is theirs, even if it contains a graveyard.

Sammie Hodges said...