I looked at the map that was posted and it shows that as you drive north, the property is east of the highway, separated from the ocean. It is bounded on the north and south by other developed sections. It was amazing that this particular piece of property could miraculously be a wetlands when the property on either side of it could not! (I'm sure the judge noticed that too!)
Let the city go bankrupt as a warning to other petty jackasses in other city governments.
If you have the time, the other thread as a link to the entire court decision which I just skimmed.
It appears that HMB was very crude and manipulative in the view of the Judge in all the mechanizations they attemped after they had done their damage.
After the developer purchased it, the city implemented a "drainage" project for this and adjoining properties.
The city removed a large amount of fill from this man's property and left a closed ended trench on it. The fill went raise other property that the city wanted higher (one wonders why). As soon as the winter rains came and the trench puddled, the city moved to have it declared a "wetland" and sent the HMB police to prevent the owner's attempts to drain the city created trench.
The city literally stole this man's property (the fill) so they could steal his property.