Conservative legal foundation creates property rights institute to beef up Florida presence

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The conservative Pacific Legal Foundation of Sacramento has created the Wade Hopping Institute for Private Property Rights in Stuart to beef up its presence in Florida, writes Bruce Ritchie.

The institute is named for longtime Tallahassee industry lobbyist Wade Hopping, who died two years ago from complications from a stroke and esophageal cancer. Hopping, founder of Hopping Green & Sams in Tallahassee and a formerFlorida Supreme Court justice, served on the board and was a past president of the Pacific Legal Foundation.

While honoring Hopping, the institute will help the foundation connect landowners facing property rights issues with a network of attorneys who specialize in the area, said Rob Rivett, president of the Pacific Legal Foundation.

“We are trying to identify more cases and more opportunities to get to court to try to protect property rights,”  Rivett said. “This is a way to do it, bringing in a number of your top land-use law firms in the state through a pro bono network.”

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