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Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council - Significance, Impact, Coastal Zones And The Law Of The Sea

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David H. Lucas


South Carolina Coastal Council

Petitioner's Claim

The South Carolina State Beachfront Management Act deprived the petitioner of profitable use of his property by prohibiting construction of new dwellings on his parcels. Thus, it must compensate the petitioner.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

A. Camden Lewis

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

C. C. Harness III

Justices for the Court

Anthony M. Kennedy, Sandra Day O'Connor, William H. Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia (writing for the Court), Clarence Thomas, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting

Harry A. Blackmun, David H. Souter, John Paul Stevens


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

29 June 1992


The Court ruled that the petitioner suffered a "taking;" his property was rendered "valueless" by South Carolina statute and he was thus entitled to "just compensation."

Related Cases

  • Mugler v. Kansas, 123 U.S. 623 (1887).
  • Pennsylvania Coal Co. v. Mahon, 260 U.S. 393 (1922).
  • Agins v. City of Tiburon, 447 U.S. 255 (1980).
  • First English Evangelical Lutheran Church of Glendale v. County of Los Angeles, 482 U.S. 304 (1987).


Jentleson, Bruce W. and Thomas G. Paterson, eds. Encyclopedia of U.S. Foreign Relations. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Further Readings

  • FindLaw, Inc. Supreme Court Cases Online. http://laws.findlaw.com
  • Hall, Kermit L., ed. The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States. Oxford University Press, 1992.
  • Northwestern University. Oyez, oyez, oyez-A U.S. Supreme Court Database. http://court.it-services.nwu.edu/oyez/cases
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almost 11 years ago

Two additional resources relating to the case are available.

1. William Fischel (1995) has a photographic essay illustrating the issue. See http://www.dartmouth.edu/~wfischel/lucasessay.html

2. Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (2007) have a follow-up case study of a nearby golf course and condominiums threatened by erosion. See http://www.astswmo.org/documents/CottonHarness2_000.pdf