Short-term home rentals and safe neighborhoods can coexist

This week in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Goldwater Institute‘s Executive Vice-President Christina Sandefur and I encourage Florida cities to stop punishing responsible home owners who share their homes with tourists on a short-term basis. Floridians have rented homes out to vacationers and ‘snowbirds’ for decades, … Continue reading

Florida Supreme Court rules for birds, against Fifth Amendment

Yesterday, we learned the Florida Supreme Court denied review of our Ganson v. City of Marathon regulatory takings case. We’ve previously written about the case here, here, here, and here. In a nutshell, government officials in the City of Marathon, along with officials … Continue reading

Florida city unconstitutionally authorizes public trespassing

In recent years, many local and state governments have used crafty methods to take access to private beaches without first paying for the right. Governments have imposed easements on private land, declared private land public, declared a right of custom … Continue reading

PLF threatens lawsuit over feds’ failure to revise outdated golden parakeet regulations

Once again, federal officials have missed a legal deadline required by the Endangered Species Act. PLF just warned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that unless it acts within 60 days on the American Federation of Aviculture’s petition to delist the … Continue reading

PLF asks Indiana Supreme Court to protect coastal property rights

May the government allow strangers to recreate on your private, beach-front property for free? That’s the question the Indiana Supreme Court is being asked to consider in an important property-rights case. At issue is the common-law “Public Trust Doctrine,” according … Continue reading

PLF Victory! Feds finally follow the law and reclassify manatee

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the final rule to downlist the manatee from endangered to threatened. This comes in response to a nearly five-year battle with PLF to get the federal government to follow its own experts’ … Continue reading

DeSoto County takes bite of P.I.E.; P.I.E. bites back

When the Florida Legislature enacted the Bert J. Harris, Jr., Private Property Rights Protection Act, it explained that the law provided a remedy to landowners unfairly affected by government regulation on their property. The law says: When a specific action of … Continue reading

PLF Michigan road project case gets attention from the WSJ

Saturday’s Wall Street Journal will include a Pacific Legal Foundation op-ed co-authored with Mike Pattwell, an environmental litigator at Clark Hill. The op-ed addresses PLF‘s Marquette County Road Commission v. EPA case, where PLF and Clark Hill represent a local government as it … Continue reading