The Hawai“i Supreme Court recently delivered a ruling that affirms the right of the counties to enforce regulation of coastal development against claims that regulation amounts to an unconstitutional taking.
The case, Douglas Leone v. County of Maui, stems from the apparent effort of Douglas Leone, one of the richest men in the country, and his wife, Patricia Perkins-Leone, to acquire permits to build a single-family residence on an oceanfront lot in Makena, Maui.
The lot was one of nine that Maui County had wanted to purchase in 1996 to create a park at Palau . . .
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