Florida State Chapter
“All natural persons, female and male alike, are equal before the law and have inalienable rights, among which are the right to enjoy and defend life and liberty, to pursue happiness, to be rewarded for industry, and to acquire, possess and protect property . . . .”
—Article I, Section 2 of the Florida Constitution
|Florida-based IJ clients Eva Locke and Pat Levenson.|
|IJ-Florida's first client Silvio Membreno.|
The Institute for Justice Florida Chapter was launched in October 2011 to vindicate the rights of Floridians who are burdened by needless and unconstitutional restrictions on their property rights, economic liberty, parental choice in education and free speech.
IJ-FL launched its litigation effort with a state constitutional lawsuit against the city of Hialeah, which imposes anticompetitive regulations designed to hamper street vendors while protecting brick-and-mortar businesses from competition—hardly a proper use of government power.
A common link among all IJ’s cases is that it defends ordinary Americans who aren’t powerful, wealthy or politically connected. For example, IJ represented homeowners in Rivera Beach, Fla., when the city sought to take these humble but well-maintained ocean-front homes, owned predominantly by African Americans, to make way for a luxury yacht marina and other private development. Ultimately, IJ prevailed and not only vindicated the property rights of these individuals, but also helped change the state’s eminent domain laws to better protect homeowners statewide.
IJ-FL will similarly litigate on behalf of entrepreneurs who wish to earn an honest living in the occupation of their choice, but who have encountered government-imposed roadblocks to their pursuit; parents who wish to secure a quality education for their children, but who find the educational establishment fighting to preserve the status quo; and individuals across the Sunshine State who wish to speak freely about politics but who find senseless government regulation in their way.
Read a report by the Florida Chapter where IJ argues that Florida legislators should make Florida more business friendly by repealing laws and gives 12 examples of laws whose repeal would help small businesses. Florida's Dirty Dozen: Twelve Repealers That Can Boost Business, Create Jobs, and Change Florida’s Economic Policy for the Better, published February 2014
Directions to IJ-Florida Chapter
The Institute for Justice Florida Chapter is located in Miami:
999 Brickell Avenue, Suite # 720
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: (305) 721-1600
Fax: (305) 721-1601
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