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The Court Decides: Property Rights and Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management DistrictIn an opinion by Justice Alito on June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of petitioner Coy Koontz Jr. who owned land in the Florida wetlands and was denied a permit by St. Johns River Water Management District to develop a portion of his property. The Court held that when a government engages in land-use regulation, including by denying a permit or demanding payment as a condition for a permit, the government must prove that there is an "essential nexus" or fundamental relationship between the conditions or exactions and the impact of the owner's proposed use of the land. Mr. Paul Beard, the lead attorney who represented the petitioner in this case, discusses the opinion and it's implications.


  • Mr. Paul J. Beard II, Principal Attorney, National Litigation Center, Pacific Legal Foundation
  • Moderator: Mr. Dean A. Reuter, Vice President & Director of Practice Groups, The Federalist Society

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