Stop the Stop the Beach Plurality!

21 Pages Posted: 26 Apr 2011 Last revised: 29 Feb 2012

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J. Peter Byrne

Georgetown University Law Center

Date Written: April 25, 2011


The plurality opinion in Stop the Beach Renourishment v. Florida Department of Environmental Protection articulated a new doctrine of "judicial takings," and justified it with arguments drawing on text, history, precedent, and "common sense." This essay argues that the opinion falls makes a mockery of such forms of interpretation, represents raw pursuit of an ideological agenda, and indicates why the Regulatory Takings Doctrine more generally should be abandoned or limited.

Keywords: Regulatory Takings Doctrine, Judicial Takings

JEL Classification: K11, K20, K32, K40, Q20

Suggested Citation

Byrne, J. Peter, Stop the Stop the Beach Plurality! (April 25, 2011). Ecology Law Quarterly, Vol. 38, pp. 619-638, 2011, Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 11-40, Available at SSRN:

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