Ya’ll Gonna Get Relocated

This fat bastard:

With the full support and legal backing of these anti-individual-rights-pansy-ass-bitches:

Is planning to “relocate” 6,000 property owners in Riviera Beach, Florida.

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. — It’s across the inlet from Palm Beach, but this town–mostly black, blue-collar and with a large industrial and warehouse district–could be a continent away from the Fortune 500 and Rolls-Royce set.

Riviera Beach’s fortunes may soon change, however.

In what has been called the largest eminent domain case in the nation, the mayor and other elected leaders want to move about 6,000 residents, tear down their homes and use the emptied 400-acre site to build a waterfront yachting and residential complex for the well-to-do.

The goal, Mayor Michael Brown said in September, is to “forever change the landscape” in this municipality of about 32,000. The $1 billion development scheme, local leaders have said, should generate jobs and haul Riviera Beach’s economy out of the doldrums.

Opponents, however, call the plan a government-sanctioned land grab that benefits private developers and the wealthy.

“What they mean is that the view I have is too good for me and should go to some millionaire,” said Martha Babson, 60, a house painter who lives near the Intracoastal Waterway.

“This is a reverse Robin Hood,” said state Rep. Ronald Greenstein, meaning the poor in Riviera Beach would be robbed to benefit the rich.

Usually municipalities shoot for displacing smaller groups of people – this move to kick 6,000 people off their property takes it to the next level. This yacht club project is obviously a better use of the land than whatever the rightful owners might have had in mind – especially with their shabby, run-down houses and raggedy old cars.

Mayor Michael Brown didn’t help his case with these comments:

“We are going to rescue and relocate individuals and we will put them in a better position than they’re living in now,” Mayor Michael Brown told Sean Hannity of the Fox News Channel tonight. “They are not thrown out into the streets, they are compensated. … It’s no different than building a courthouse or a hospital or anything else.”

The city government is going to RESCUE and RELOCATE these poor citizens. Save them from themselves, if you will. Sounds a little bit like N’awlins.

Unfortunately, with the Kelo decision, the Mayor is correct when he says “it’s no different than building a courthouse or hospital…” With SCOTUS’ feces-encrusted Kelo decision, eminent domain property theft doesn’t have to meet public use requirements anymore.

When interviewed on Fox last night, Mayor McCheese had the following exchange with Sean Hannity:

“Is that the America we want to live in where you take a person’s home?” Hannity asked Mayor Brown.

“The America we want to live in is one that talks about personal sacrifices that you and that your colleagues talk about every night,” Brown said.

“Sounds like the Soviet Union,” responded Hannity.

“This is a redevelopment plan which includes restaurants and condos,” said Brown. “The overall plan is designed to train people, get them better jobs so they can have a living wage and not a minimum wage so we can increase our tax base so that we can pay for fire, police, so we can provide basic services.”

You know, personal sacrifices. For example, hand over your personal property or we’ll simply take it and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it.

RELATED: Stay on top of eminent domain issues at the Castle Coalition.

ALSO SEE: Monopoly Eminent Domain Edition

12 comments

  1. this is ridiculous. all 6000 need to donate $100 a piece and get a legal team. I’m sure these residents would all sell for the right price…which would be so high as to render the project not feasible…which is our economy’s way of saying the project shouldn’t happen in the first place. Its bad enough to grab land for a road. Projects like this…oh whatever, go to court

  2. What is horrible about this is that John Locke wrote that people form governments to protect the natural rights of “life, liberty, and estate.”

    Jefferson changed this to “Life, Liberty, and pursuit of happiness.”

    Thank you 5 liberal justices for undermining the very philosophical principles that founded this country.

    The irony is that we call them “Justices” in the first place.

  3. Mike, if it were only that simple. The Supreme Court’s Kelo decision said that the law is now on the side of the Politicians and the Developers who are tonguing each others’ dumpers while Joe Six Pack Property Owner takes it in the ass.

    You can hire 1,000 excellent lawyers, but you’re still going to lose, thanks to the assholes on our Supreme Court.

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