Florida Supreme Court Decision in Koontz is Bad News for Florida Land Developers and Real Estate Investment - Will It Go Up to the U.S. Supreme Court? Maybe.


The Florida Supreme Court made national news as well as in Florida land development and real estate investment circles this week as it released its opinion in Koontz IV (read the full text here), ruling that it is not a "taking" by the government, for which payment must be made, when a government agency denies a development permit for private property.

What the Koontz Fight Was All About: Developing a Small Patch of Land Near a Florida Roadway

Specifically, Florida property owner Coy Koontz asked his local Florida water management district for commercial development permits for 3.7 of acres of his 15 acre patch of land on State Road 50, near the East-West Expressway. The majority of Koontz's land tract has been classified as wetlands.

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