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Government Businesses Can't Simply Take Over Property They've Been Unable to Buy

For many years, Violet Dock Port had owned and operated a docking facility that stretched along a mile of the Mississippi River in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. As a private business, Violet was in economic competition with the local Port Authority, which also owns and operates riverfront property. In 2007, the Port Authority took an interest in Violet’s land and tried to negotiate a purchase, but those negotiations failed.
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