Landowner Has No Property Interest In Shoreline Permit.

The plaintiffs owned a vacation property bordering a lake and received a permit to maintain a boat dock and stone steps on the public land between their property and the lake.  The lake and shoreline is managed by the defendant.  The defendant revoked the plaintiffs' permit, after conducting a hearing, for causing herbicides to be sprayed on public property and for removing brush (and mowing the shoreline) from the previously sprayed land.  The plaintiffs challenged the revocation for lack of due process.  The trial court held that the defendant had not acted arbitrarily or capriciously and that the plaintiffs' constitutional due process rights had not been violated.  The appellate court affirmed.  The court noted that the plaintiffs had no property interest in the permit to which due process rights could attach, and that the permit clearly specified the conditions that had to be satisfied to keep the permit.  McClung v. Paul, No. 14-3463, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 9491 (8th Cir. Jun. 8, 2015).

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