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FGCU Invites Public, Media to 'Kelo v. City of New London' Seminar Dec. 9; Presentation Discusses the Impact of Supreme Court's Decision on Property Owners
11/29/2005

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University invites the public and media to attend "Kelo v. City of New London: The Impact of the United States Supreme Court Decision on Redevelopment and Economic Development in Florida," 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9 in the Student Union to analyze the decision of the Supreme Court and the impact on Florida property owners.

The seminar focuses on the June 23 Supreme Court decision that makes it permissible for local governments, as part of a comprehensive economic development plan, to condemn private property to transfer it to another private party in order to enhance the tax base and possibly provide jobs. In addition, the Supreme Court noted that the Court's opinion does not preclude any state from placing further restrictions on its exercise of takings power.

The FGCU seminar uses keynote addresses recorded during the initial seminar presented in Fort Lauderdale July 15 and brings together local experts for a discussion panel about the situation in the Southwest Florida region and what they feel will result from both the Florida legislature and local governments around the states.

Congress and more than half the states, including Florida, took action to address concerns about the implications of the Kelo decision. In a formal statement, Gov. Jeb Bush expressed concern about the decision and said legislative leaders established a House committee to examine Florida law to ensure such takings cannot happen in Florida. Further, the attorney general wrote an informal opinion about the ruling.

Local participants in the FGCU seminar include William Moore, Esq.; Brigham Moore; Terrance Stewart, city manager for the City of Cape Coral; Don Paight, Fort Myers CRA director; and Debrah Forester, AICP, redevelopment manager for Charlotte County.

"The Fort Lauderdale seminar was designed to provide real take home value and allowed the participants to better understand the impacts of the case on Florida," said Jeff Hendry, director of the Institute of Government at Florida Atlantic University. "What they heard, and the substantial and detailed course material provided, will help all participants do their own jobs more effectively."

The Fort Lauderdale seminar drew 100 registrants including elected officials, local government staff, developers, land owners and private attorneys. The faculty included what seminar chair Frank Schnidman described as "the dream team - five individuals who would be on everyone's list of who should be lecturing on the topic of Florida's issues and options in light of Kelo."

Registration for the seminar is $65. Space is limited.

For more information, media representatives should contact director of the FGCU Institute of Government Joanne Hartke at (239) 590-7815 or jhartke@fgcu.edu.


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