Under the eminent domain laws, the state and local governments can take private property from its owners and convert the land for public use. Courts generally will uphold such land grabs if it is proven the taking would serve a public purpose.
However, there have been cases where property owners have been unlawfully deprived of their homes and businesses. For example, if a taking is not for a recognized public purpose, or if the government should seek to take more land than needed for its project, the taking is improper under the law. When that happens, citizens can object to the government taking of their properties. An eminent domain lawyer familiar with local Tampa regulations can help you through the process of contesting the proposed taking, or help you receive just compensation for the seizure of the property.