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Federal plan to protect Miami requires eminent domain

On Behalf of | Feb 14, 2020 | Eminent Domain |

With many major cities in Florida being in close proximity to the ocean, the perks of being so close to the water are often experienced. Nonetheless, there are some setbacks and concerns associated with living so close to the water. When inclement weather sets in or a storm approaches, this could be devastating for town and cities in Florida. Thus, the state and federal government takes an interest in protecting these cities, which in turn means taking private land for public use.

It is projected that the coastal landscape of Miami-Dade County will drastically change in one way or another due to the trends of climate change. This goes beyond the rising sea level, as it also brings a threat of stronger hurricanes that could destroy entire communities. Because of this, a federal plan has emerged to protect those impacted by these growing concerns.

The plan is to run high walls, something similar to the sound barriers on I-95, along several miles of streets that are lined with homes and businesses. However, in order to put this plan into action, the federal government will need to seize the land needed to build the 10-to-13-foot-high walls. According to reports, the Army Corps could take more than 350 properties through the process of eminent domain.

In addition to building a wall, the plan also envisions moveable storm surge barriers. These would be located at the mouth of the rivers in Miami and the major drainage canals along Biscayne Bay. Finally, it would elevate roughly 10,000 homes as well as flood-proof around 7,000 buildings.

Because a final decision for this plan won’t be made for more than a year, there are not only chances for the plans to alter but also for the community to fight it. While the purpose of the plan is to serve the community, a government taking of property could give rise to private landowners to seek ways to stop the eminent domain process. Additionally, they could take measure to ensure they are justly compensated if the process moves forward.

Thus, if you are dealing with legal issues related to eminent domain, it is important that you take the time to explore the matter and what rights you might have moving forward.