FREEPORT — Little can spur an argument over constitutional property rights like the two words that have been popping up regularly at the city’s meetings as of late.

Freeport is embroiled in two separate battles — to develop both a marina and a new residential area — using eminent domain, the power of a government to seize private land for public use. Through a court proceeding, an entity can take property by offering fair market value as compensation.

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