Court Sides with Landowners in Beach Renourishment Case

Posted Thursday, October 8th, 2015

On October 6, 2015, the federal court in Pensacola, Florida, in agreeing with beachfront property owners represented by Hopping Green & Sams attorney Kent Safriet, declared that a proposed 18.8 mile beach renourishment project would violate Walton County’s “White Sand Protection Restrictions.” The court granted partial summary judgment for the property owners challenging the project. The County and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were proposing to place off-colored sand with high shell content on the beaches. In so doing, the County was conveniently ignoring its own regulation that require sand placed on the beaches to be white, claiming it was entitled to an exemption in its regulations. Ultimately, the court found the renourishment project was not entitled to an exemption from the White Sand Protection Restrictions. A copy of the court’s order is available here.

For additional information contact Kent Safriet.

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