Saturday, June 14, 2008

West-Richardson Post-Trial Activity

On June 2, 2008, 10 days after the verdicts came in on the West and Richardson parcels (on North Key Largo, where most landowners have not been able to disturb a stick since 1982), we filed a Motion for New Trial in the West case (the $5.06 million verdict). We received the State's response on June 13, 2008 -- strongly suggesting that our motion be denied. It is likely that the Judge will rule on our motion fairly quickly, and we will post that decision when we receive it.

The State's representatives have made it clear all along that the State intends to appeal any verdicts in this case. The obvious reason is that the State does not want to have to pay Fair Market Value all of a sudden, when it has been stealing Keys' landowners' properties for a miniscule fraction of their value for over 15 years. Come to think of it, the County falls into that category as well.

The best advice we can give to Keys' landowners at this time is "don't sell your undeveloped Key's property to anyone "-- not the State, not the County, and not to individuals who want the property for "points" -- unless you are being offered the Fair Market Value you would get if the property had a building permit (or more than one, if it is acreage and large enough to support several homes or businesses).

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