The only thing I don't understand is why the beachfront city isn't named?
This sleepy little town is in a fight for its very survival. It was inevitable I suppose. You see this town is smack dab in the middle of three large metropolitan areas, with direct access to a major expressway, railways, and a nearby port. All things that have made this town a magnet for would be developers.
The town has been successful fighting off developments until now. What makes this different is that a powerful developer has been planning a 500-acre transfer station in conjunction with the state, all in secret. The state has said it will use eminent domain to take land that has been in families for generations. Local officials only recently found out about the development because the developer applied for an expansion of the town's wastewater treatment plant.
The wastewater treatment plant has been running at full capacity for a few years and the city has been looking for ways to fund an expansion. The developer and the state are blackmailing the city by pledging to pay for the expansion but only if the city gives its blessing to the development. Local officials have turned the offer down flat.
With the recent ruling by the SCOTUS, allowing broad eminent domain power, the situation looks bleak. Perhaps, the most frustrating thing about this is that state and federal elected officials seem unwilling to help the people who elected them.
Actually, states weren't too happy with the case in question (Kelo vs. New London), and some have passed laws restricting eminent domain. As to what will happen in this community, it isn't known. Hopefully during the next election, the dimwits who think its a good idea to sneak around on the people for monetary gain will be thrown to the curb.
Any legal-types (if there are any), care to enlighten us on what the Kelo decision actually means? I think the secrecy of the government is horrible; it seems obvious that they feel they are in the wrong if they have to sneak around about it.