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New information added on July 31, 2009

Updates and News Briefs

"Connecticut Farmland Protected by State Agricultural Conservation Easement Cannot Be Converted to A Golf Course" - News Brief, PRFA, August 2007

"Connecticut's Highest Court Kicks Homeowners Out For Private Development"
- March 2004
The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled on March 3, 2004 that the New London Development Corp. could take private houses for a privately owned hotel and conference center, marina and upscale housing.

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  • "The Human Side of Eminent Domain" - Book Review by Jigs Gardner
    Little Pink House by Jeff Benedict
    Reprinted from New York Property Rights Clearinghouse, Vol. 13, No. 2 (PRFA, Spring 2009)
    The story of Susette Kelo, the corruption of the City of New London, and the destruction of a neighborhood for municipal and corporate ambitions, to no purpose, as the neighborhood now stands as an empty wasteland, unprotected by the Supreme Court of the United States.
    More on this topic: Eminent Domain — National
  • Don Corace"Fight the Good Fight for Private Property Rights" - By Don Corace, Real Estate Developer and Author, Naples, Florida; Presented at Twelfth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 18, 2008)
    The assault on private property rights includes eminent domain abuse like that of Susette Kelo for private development, and regulatory takings where the property owner receives zero compensation. Ocie Mills of Florida was the first man to go to federal prison for a wetland violation, singled out by the Corps of Engineers because he spoke out. In Pompano Beach, Florida, two men who had all their permits to build a hotel were stopped with 31 years by their NIMBY neighbors who didn't want their ocean view obstructed. One brother, a millionaire, lost everything, and had a stroke. Join together, put on your gloves, and fight abuses of private property rights.
    More on this topic: Eminent Domain — National
  • Steven Anderson"Eminent Domain Reforms at Every Level" - By Steven D. Anderson, Castle Coalition, Institute for Justice, Speech to the Ninth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 22, 2005)
    The majority's point in Kelo v. New London that it must defer to a state deliberative body on the meaning of the Constitution borders on lunacy. Its point that state laws requiring some type of plan protect property owners from an overreaching government confirms the Court's detachment from reality. 
    More on this topic: Eminent Domain — National
  • Michael Cristofaro"Local Citizen Organizing to Defeat Eminent Domain" - By Michael Cristofaro, Resident of the condemned Fort Trumbull neighborhood of New London, Speech to the Ninth Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, Albany, N.Y., October 22, 2005)
    The Cristofaro family gave up their first house to eminent domain, supposedly for a levee, but a private development was built there instead. They refused to move when the City's New London Redevelopment Agency condemned their second home, and fought their way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where their case, Kelo v. New London, was defeated. Michael Cristofaro speaks about the injustice of eminent domain at every opportunity and is campaigning for the City Council.
    More on this topic: Eminent Domain — National
  • John McClaughryKelo v. City of New London:
    "Private Property At The Mercy Of Government" - By John McClaughry, Ethan Allen Institute, Reprinted by Permission. (This article appeared in most Vermont newspapers shortly after the ruling.)
    According to the June 23, 2005 ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court in Kelo v. New London, government can take the property of A by eminent domain and turn it over to B whenever it thinks that B will pay more in taxes.
    More on this topic: Eminent Domain — National

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