by Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter? A new ruling by the Supreme
Court which was supported by Justice Souter himself itself might allow
it. A private developer is seeking to use this very law to build a
hotel on Souter's land.
Justice Souter's vote in the "Kelo vs. City of New London" decision
allows city governments to take land from one private owner and give it
to another if the government will generate greater tax revenue or other
economic benefits when the land is developed by the new owner.
On Monday June 27, Logan Darrow Clements, faxed a request to Chip Meany
the code enforcement officer of the Towne of Weare, New Hampshire
seeking to start the application process to build a hotel on 34 Cilley
Hill Road. This is the present location of Mr. Souter's home.
Clements, CEO of Freestar Media, LLC, points out that the City of Weare
will certainly gain greater tax revenue and economic benefits with a
hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road than allowing Mr. Souter to own the land.
The proposed development, called "The Lost Liberty Hotel" will feature
the "Just Desserts Café" and include a museum, open to the public,
featuring a permanent exhibit on the loss of freedom in America.
Instead of a Gideon's Bible each guest will receive a free copy of Ayn
Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged."
Clements indicated that the hotel must be built on this particular
piece of land because it is a unique site being the home of someone
largely responsible for destroying property rights for all Americans.
"This is not a prank" said Clements, "The Towne of Weare has five
people on the Board of Selectmen. If three of them vote to use the
power of eminent domain to take this land from Mr. Souter we can begin
our hotel development."
Clements' plan is to raise investment capital from wealthy pro-liberty
investors and draw up architectural plans. These plans would then be
used to raise investment capital for the project. Clements hopes that
regular customers of the hotel might include supporters of the
Institute For Justice and participants in the Free State Project among
(thanks thunderrstorm for the news)
Now, I suggest a letter writing campaign to the Board of Selectmen, letting them know that we would like to spend some time in their lovely city and that this hotel sounds perfect for our particular needs! I personally can't wait to stay there!