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City threatens Seniors With Fines and Prison for Harmless Flowers
Carl and Janice Duffner are senior citizens who, due to severe grass allergies, converted their entire yard into a beautiful, well-maintained, grass-free flower garden. All was well until one of their neighbors complained that the Duffners were not in compliance with a city ordinance that requires residential property owners to devote at least half of their yard to growing and maintaining “turf grass”, or face fines of up to $500 and 10 days in prison for each and every day they fail to comply. There is absolutely nothing unlawful or harmful about the Duffners’ flowers, yet St. Peters is threatening them with extraordinary fines and decades in prison simply because they choose to grow flowers instead of a plant that makes them sick.
Open Martin's Beach
Martin's Beach is a picturesque pocket beach just south of Half Moon Bay. It had long been visited by the public until soon after it was sold in 2008 to a then-anonymous owner for $32.5 million. Not long after the property changed hands, the billboard was painted over and a keycard gate was closed permanently to the public. The chances for future generations to make memories at Martin's Beach were brought to an abrupt halt when the locked gates and signs were erected at the entrance to the beach road. Surfrider Foundation cites the violations of the beach access protections of the California Coastal Act. Specifically, the property owner cannot add new development or change the intensity of use of coastal land without a Coastal Development Permit. The development here comes in the form of new gates, new signage and even the use of armed guards to deter public access. Surfrider Foundation cites the violations of the beach access protections of the California Coastal Act. Specifically, the property owner c
Vision 20/20: A Proactive Evolution Plan for the Fort Worth Stockyards Historic District
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has put the Fort Worth Stockyards on its annual list of America's 11 most endangered historic places. As the last standing stockyards in the United States, dating back to 1887, It is one of the most significant sites in Texas, representing the cattle and livestock industry. In 2014 the Fort Worth City Council approved a $175 million Stockyards Redevelopment - a development incentive from the city to bring more hotels, residences, offices and other venues to the Stockyards. However, the risk of insensitive development threatens this historically significant place.
Constitutional Justice in Eminent Domain
As told in the magnificent Little Pink House, the city of New London and its New London Development Corporation (NLDC, now Renaissance City Dev. Corp.) planned to acquire and redevelop 90 acres on the Fort Trumbull peninsula. After the state invested $75 million in the plan, the NLDC used eminent domain to acquire lots owned by Susette Kelo, and her six neighbors. The NLDC argued the economic benefits of the proposed plan were a “public use” justifying the taking. Kelo sued, and the case reached the Supreme Court, which sided with the city. Thirteen years after the Kelo decision, after all the condemning and evicting and bulldozing, nothing has been built on the land that was taken. A hotel deal recently fell through, as did a plan for condominium units.
Inter Miami MLS Soccer Project
David Beckham's MLS ownership group has taken so long to produce the plans for a Miami soccer stadium, according to the Miami Herald, that it now appears the measure couldn't be voted on before November. Neither the original proposed 9-acre property purchased in Overtown in 2016, nor current discussions to redevelop part of the Melreese golf course next to Miami International Airport, appear anywhere close to fruition.
Save Nashville's Home Recording Studios
Nashville’s Zoning Code prohibits nearly all home businesses from serving clients or patrons on the property. Record producer Lij Shaw has lived in Nashville since 1991, and has recorded Grammy-winning artists at his home based studio. Recently, Lij received a notice to correct from the Department of Codes and Building Safety ordering him to cease and desist or else face prosecution and fines.
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