Lewis Rice Attorneys Assist Landowners with Bonita Estero Rails to Trails Concerns and Compensation Claims

Wink News featured an article highlighting the efforts of Lewis Rice Rails to Trails attorneys Lindsay S. C. Brinton and Meghan S. Largent in assisting landowners affected by the Bonita Estero Rail Trail (BERT) project. Lindsay and Meghan are addressing concerns such as safety, security, and potential financial compensation. Together, they represent about a dozen landowners along this trail, with up to 50 more eligible to file claims. 

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Lewis Rice's federal takings attorneys represent landowners throughout the United States pursuing takings claims against the federal government. One primary focus of the group is representing landowners in what is commonly referred to as rails to trails takings. Attorneys in this group litigate cases in the United States Court of Federal Claims on behalf of those whose property was taken by the federal government pursuant to the National Trails System Act, which authorizes abandoned railroad lines to be converted to public parks. The goal is to obtain compensation from the government for the taking of their land for the public recreational trail.