Vera Coking

For most of her years in Atlantic City, Vera Coking, an elderly widow, ran a tidy little boarding house just off the Boardwalk. She convinced her husband to buy the property because she loved the house, the beach and Atlantic City. There, long before gambling was legalized and towering casinos rose up around her, she greeted guests from around the world with one of the six languages she speaks. She raised three children in the house.

  • December 10, 1996    |   Private Property

    Atlantic City Condemnation – Vera Coking

    Public Power, Private Gain: The Abuse of Eminent Domain

    “Individual freedom finds tangible expression in property rights.” This statement, penned by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, recognizes how central property rights are to a free society. Yet, with increasing frequency, federal, state, and local governments bow to political and economic expediency and trample the rights of property owners. Vera Coking, an elderly widow…

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