tries to keep messages to a minimum but this
just popped up and is so infuriating it must
be sent to you.
In the earlier message today
the Palm Beach Post promoted AMNESTY FOR
ILLEGAL ALIENS because there are so many
"menial jobs Americans don't want." Yet the
Riveria Beach Mayor claims in the article
below "This is a community that's in dire need
of jobs". FYI, Riveria Beach is located 17
miles South of the proposed Jupiter Illegal
Alien Hiring Hall.
Perhaps two questions should be asked;
- Are Jupiter officials racist or
anti-American in their quest to promote the
hiring of illegal aliens over black
- Why are Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton,
Riviera Beach Mayor Michael Brown and other
black leaders not opposing illegal alien
To add insult to the injury of black
Americans the Mayor wants to use the recent
controversial Supreme Court eminent domain
power ruling to throw the 6,000 black
Americans out of their homes for a "build a
billion-dollar waterfront yachting and housing
Think about it.
Florida city considers eminent domain
By Joyce Howard Price
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
October 3, 2005
Florida's Riviera Beach is a poor,
predominantly black, coastal community that
intends to revitalize its economy by using
eminent domain, if necessary, to displace
about 6,000 local residents and build a
billion-dollar waterfront yachting and housing
"This is a community that's in dire need
of jobs, which has a median income of less
than $19,000 a year," said Riviera Beach Mayor
He defends the use of eminent domain by
saying the city is "using tools that have been
available to governments for years to bring
communities like ours out of the economic
doldrums and the trauma centers."
Mr. Brown said Riviera Beach is doing what
the city of New London, Conn., is trying to do
and what the U.S. Supreme Court said is proper
in its ruling June 23 in Kelo v. City of New
London. That decision upheld the right of
government to seize private properties for use
by private developers for projects designed to
generate jobs and increase the tax base.
"Now eminent domain is affecting people
who never had to deal with it before and who
have political connections," Mr. Brown said.
"But if we don't use this power, cities will
Jacqui Loriol insists she and her husband
will fight the loss of their 80-year-old home
in Riviera Beach.
"This is a very [racially] mixed area
that's also very stable," she said. "But no
one seems to care ... Riviera Beach needs
economic redevelopment. But there's got to be
In the Kelo ruling, a divided Supreme
Court held that private development offering
jobs and increased tax revenues constituted a
public use of property, but the court held
that state legislatures can draft
eminent-domain statutes to their satisfaction.
Dana Berliner, senior lawyer with the
Institute for Justice, which represented
homeowners in the Kelo case, said "pie in the
sky" expectations like those expressed by Mr.
Brown are routine in all these cases.
"They always think economic redevelopment
will bring more joy than what is there now,"
she said. "Once someone can be replaced so
something more expensive can go where they
were, every home and business in the country
is subject to taking by someone else."
Last week, the Riviera Beach City Council
tapped the New Jersey-based Viking Inlet
Harbor Properties LLC to oversee the mammoth
400-acre redevelopment project.
"More than 2,000 homes could be eligible
for confiscation," said H. Adams Weaver, a
local lawyer who is assisting protesting
Viking spokesman Peter Frederiksen said
the plan "is to create a working waterfront,"
adding that the project could take 15 years
and that "we would only use condemnation as a
Viking has said it will pay at least the
assessed values of homes and businesses it
Other plans for the project include
creation of a basin for megayachts with
high-end housing, retail and office space, a
multilevel garage for boats, a
96,000-square-foot aquarium and a manmade
Mr. Brown said Riviera Beach wants to
highlight its waterfront.
"We have the best beach and the most
attractive redevelopment property anywhere in
the United States," he said.
Mr. Frederiksen said people with yachts
need a place to keep and service them. "And we
want to develop a charter school for
development of marine trades."
Mr. Brown and others said this could be
one of the biggest eminent-domain actions
ever. A report in the Palm Beach Post said it
is the biggest since 1954, when 5,000
residents of Washington were displaced for
eventual development of the Southwest D.C.
waterfront, L'Enfant Plaza, and the
less-than-successful Waterside Mall.
The fact that Riviera Beach is so
financially downtrodden may seem ironic
because as Mr. Brown notes "it sits right
across the inlet from Palm Beach," one of the
nation's wealthiest areas.
"Palm Beach County is the largest county
east of the Mississippi, and we have the
second-highest rate of poverty in the county,"
the mayor said.
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