Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Group Proposes to Build Hotel on Justice Souter's House Property

This is so punk rock, I love it:

Group proposes to build hotel on Justice Souter's house property

Following the Supreme Court ruling allowing private companies to seize people's houses and develop the land for business purposes, a private developer has asked the code enforcement officer of the Towne of Weare, New Hampshire "to start the application process to build a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road." That's the address of Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter's home.
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."



  1. Tiny palace by the seaJune 30, 2005 7:31 PM

    Yesterday, I buzzed by City Hall to see if there was to be another meeting, see if I could get minutes (including closed session minutes from last week's Wednesday Council meeting. There was no meeting yesterday, and no minutes from the previous week available. I did see Jerome Stocks, some members of staff, and a bunch of new media out in the parking lot. Stocks seemed to be having some sort of press conference.

    In today's NCT, I saw Stock's statement that he will bring forward a motion for another ordinance whereby in Encinitas eminent domain could only occur after a public vote, with a 2/3 majority required.

    This is a fantastic idea. I still do not Leucadia to be blighted, though. Laws can be changed. Once a redevelopment agency is added as another layer of bureaucracy, we lose more rights, more hope, more control over our own "castles on the coast."

  2. Yeah, we sure still don't want to see Leucadia blighted either. We hope Council will vote in this ordinance, apparently just suggested by Stocks.

    We hope Council will not waste time with more consultants' fees and/or staff reports before passing this regulation that would require a 2/3 majority vote by the public for eminent domain to be exercised in our city.

    Perchance is Stocks trying to do damage control after blighting his own public image re pushing the selling off of our limited parkland, to finance a high digit sports complex park at the former Hall property? 12 million should be plenty to get the first phases of the park going.

    Most of the citizens' committees had before reached a consensus in asking for a more passive use park, as did all of the speakers at last Wednesday's meeting. The bond holders and all potential park goers will have been deceived if one fifth of this property is sold to finance certain council member's need for self-promotion.

  3. Don't be fooled again.!

    Jerome Stocks is creating a smoke screen with this ordianance so that redevelopment can be brought in. From what I have read the Redevelopment Agency follows state statute (all 340 pages worth) not city ordinances. I think we need to have our own workshop with a land use attorney present to give an opinion as to what can really happen under the present Supreme Court decision. I am trying to get Marco Gonzalez but I believe he is really busy. Does anyone know an attorney who deals with this?

  4. Putting on our own workshop is a frig'in great idea.

    We might try Evert DeLano (escondido). He already knows all about the unprofessional behavior of our planning staff and Council. So he will be a bit more critical.

    We can even invite the Council to show up. That would be hot. We can show them how to ask good questions and how to have a good public dialogue.



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