Another Outrageous Government Land Grab

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Jasmine Bullard owns land in Coney Island, New York, including the landmark Shore Theater. She won’t sell the land so the government will steal it under Eminent Domain. New York is the most abusive state in the union when it comes to Eminent Domain.

If developers want your land and you won’t sell, the government will steal it for them.

Horace Bullard in front of the Thunderbolt
Horace Bullard in front of the Thunderbolt

Communist Mayor Bill de Blasio and his greedy friends want to use eminent domain to steal the valuable property after they condemn it for neglect because the owner doesn’t want to sell right now and the developers want it.

The City government justifies stealing for an amusement park by claiming they could add amusements and connect three rides with a grand walkway.

No lot is allowed to go untouched by the government land grabbers who plan to just steal it by condemning it.

They will condemn three seaside lots and a 60,000 square foot tract near the rides.

Proof that they need to steal all this valuable land is that they could finish the promenade gloriously named “Wonder Wheel Way.”

The lots had weeds as lots do, but the city considers that dereliction by owners. It’s a waterfront lot that looks somewhat damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The City is now mowing the property, probably so they can prove “neglect”.

City statists said the owners won’t take “fair-market” deals.

There is talk of also grabbing the Shore Theater also owned by the Bullard family and business partner Peter Sheffer.

Jasmine Bullard and a business partner are the owners of the property Jasmine won’t sell. Her father was a Harlem-based developer whose plans fell through. In the setbacks he suffered as a developer, the most shocking was the infamous — and illegal — demolition of his Thunderbolt roller coaster by the Giuliani administration in 2000.

Horace Bullard was the son of a black man and Puerto Rican mother who said he experienced prejudice in trying to develop his businesses. In 1979, he bought the Shore Theater for $125,000 and within a few years began to buy up land around it in Coney Island and had dreams of a $450 million amusement park on the site of the former Steeplechase Park which included a parcel where the old Thunderbolt ride was immortalized in Annie Hall.

Mr. Bullard's Vision
Mr. Bullard’s Vision for Coney Island

Wall Street tumbled in the late 1980s and Mayor Rudy Giuliani revoked Mr. Bullard’s approval for the project in 1994. Eventually, Giuliani demolished the Thunderbolt.

Some friends and business associates say Mr. Bullard was never the same after the Thunderbolt was razed. “He started out as a strong, vibrant and handsome young man, and I saw him age because of what happened,” Richard Perfetto, a Caldwell Banker agent, said. “He got gray hair and didn’t have that spark in his eyes like he used to.” Mr. Bullard ultimately won a $1 million settlement from the city, but according to Mr. Bullard’s lawyer, Barry S. Gedan, refused to collect the money because it came from taxpayers.

He was an honorable man who deserved better.

His daughter disputed claims he was unhappy and said he kept his great attitude until the day he died.

When Mr. Bullard lined up prominent development partners, his projects never received a go-ahead from the city.

He blamed racism for the attitudes.

He died in April, 2013 from Lou Gehrig’s disease. His daughter Jasmine won’t sell. She didn’t want the land to go for discounted prices just because her father died. He was enthusiastic about deals for the land even in the weeks before his death.

The land is very valuable and the city doesn’t want to wait until Jasmine is ready to sell so they will simply steal the property and give it to developers who will give the money to the city.

If you won’t sell your land to developers, the government will steal it for them thanks to the 2004 Supreme Court ruling in the  Kelo v. New London case which allows any local, state or federal government to take private property and give it to a private developer.

 

Source: NY Times and NY Post

 

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