via Palm Coast Observer

FL - County Will Proceed With Eminent Domain on Two Dune Properties

A handful of property owners represented by a Clearwater-based attorney recently agreed to terms.

Flagler County is moving forward with eminent domain proceedings concerning two lots that are impeding the planned Army Corps of Engineers beach renourishment project in Flagler Beach, and hopes to soon have signed easements that will allow the work to proceed across the other properties.

The Army Corps requires all property owners whose land will be affected by the project — which involves dredging sand from an offshore borrow pit and using it to length and reinforce the beach — to sign easements that will allow staff to access their land.

A handful had resisted granting it, imperiling the project: If some properties aren’t reinforced, the gaps in the dune could undermine the whole thing.

One property owner who owns two lots has refused to grant access, and the county has started eminent domain proceedings, County Attorney Al Hadeed said in an update on the project at a Flagler Beach City Commission meeting Dec. 10.

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