BAINBRIDGE ISLAND — A ban on Bainbridge shoreline development enacted 11 years ago spawned a decade of litigation, and it isn’t over yet. A group of Bainbridge homeowners petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court last month to hear its lawsuit against the city stemming from the moratorium. The federal suit claims the city violated the constitutional rights of the property owners by enforcing an unlawful ban on shoreline development in Blakely Harbor between 2001 and 2003.
A federal district court and appeals court have already found in favor of the city in the lawsuit. Aaron Laing, one of the attorneys representing the Bainbridge property owners, said he expects to learn by the end of the year whether the U.S. Supreme Court will consider the case. He hopes the justices will take an interest in the constitutional issues presented in Samson v. The city of Bainbridge Island.