Florida State Chapter
—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.
Directions to IJ-FloridaChapter
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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