There is a very interesting decision handed down January 28, 2014 in a Case in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit concerning a “Taking” in the context of the construction of coastal jetties by the US Army Corps of Engineers. In essence the court found that the plaintiffs were not barred by the Statute of Limitations from demonstrating that they suffered damages by the construction of a series of jetties along Lake Michigan beginning in the 1950s.
The case is remanded to the lower court for further action.
In view of the huge sums of money now being planned for expenditure on beach restoration projects throughout the Nation, the further progress of this case through the courts is worth following.
An excellent explanation of the current status of this case is at:
Beach Erosion Caused by Jetties May Constitute a Taking