Beachfront homeowners lose at Supreme Court
By the CNN Wire Staff
June 17, 2010 2:59 p.m. EDT
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a case pitting homeowners against Florida conservation officials.
Washington (CNN) -- Owners of private waterfront property don't have title to beachfront land restored by the state, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a case that pitted resort-town homeowners against Florida conservation officials.
In an 8-0 ruling with several concurring opinions, the justices found no constitutional violation occurred when Florida claimed public ownership of beaches created by depositing tons of new sand on eroding shorelines. Homeowners along that beachfront argued that they were deprived of traditional shoreline rights in what amounted to a "judicial taking" of property.