About Christina Martin

Christina Martin is a staff attorney at PLF's Atlantic Center in Florida.

A forgotten property rights protection in Florida

The Environmental and Land Use Law Section of the Florida Bar (ELULS) recently published my article about a forgotten protection provided by Florida’s Bert J. Harris, Jr., Private Property Rights Protection Act. Twenty-one years ago, the Florida Legislature passed the … Continue reading

Walton County couple speaks up for property owners’ First Amendment rights

Last week, the Destin Log published my opinion article about Edward and Delanie Goodwin’s challenge to a Walton County, Florida, ordinance that bans signs on the Goodwins’ private property. PLF is representing the Goodwins in a First Amendment lawsuit. As I … Continue reading

Michigan county confiscates private property over $8 in late taxes

Does the Constitution protect you from the government taking your equity in your home, land, or business? That’s the question Andrew Ohanessian and Rafaeli,LLC are asking the Michigan Court of Appeals in Rafaeli v. Oakland County. Rafaeli owed the County … Continue reading

DC Circuit stops another unconstitutional FEC action

Today, the DC Circuit put the brakes on yet another unconstitutional regulation from a federal government agency—this time the Federal Election Commission (FEC).  Last year, the FEC banned Super PACs from using the name of the candidate it supports in … Continue reading

Florida county trespassing on free speech and property rights

Today, PLF filed a First Amendment lawsuit in federal court to defend the free speech and property rights of Edward and DeLanie Goodwin. The Goodwins built their beachfront home in Walton County 38 years ago. Today, they live there much of … Continue reading

Challenge to Washington, D.C.’s tax scheme moves forward

This week, in Coleman v. District of Columbia, a federal district court held that the plaintiffs have grounds to bring their Fifth Amendment challenge to the District of Columbia’s taking of their property under its former tax-foreclosure scheme. Liberty Blog readers may recall … Continue reading

Michigan counties confiscating property rights

In Michigan, when landowners fail to pay their property taxes, local governments take the property, sell it, and keep all the profits—no matter how small the debt or how valuable the property. As a result, local governments are profiting handsomely … Continue reading

Cost of violating property rights

Yesterday, the Daytona Beach News-Journal ran my op-ed about the St. Johns River Water Management District’s attempt to take Coy Koontz’s property by way of an extortionate permit demand.  The article relates a troubling conversation that occurred in the course of … Continue reading

After 22 years, government compensates PLF client for taking use of property

This week, after 22 years of litigation, the St. Johns River Water Management District finally paid the Koontz family for taking the use of Coy Koontz’s property. This case began in 1994, when the St. Johns River Water Management District … Continue reading

Manatee count shows population continues to grow

The manatee population continues to grow in Florida, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission’s newest survey results. Each winter, when weather conditions permit, the FWC conducts an aerial survey with a team of observers who fly around the … Continue reading