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Florida Brush Fires Allow Land Development Permit Extensions

Published: April 18th, 2017

By: W. Lee Dobbins

On April 11, 2017, Governor Scott issued Executive Order No. 17-120 declaring a State of Emergency for the entire State of Florida due to extensive brush fires caused by drought conditions. The emergency declaration is for 60 days. Florida Statute 252.363 allows for the extension of the termination dates of certain land development approvals for […]

2017 Florida Legislative Session Agricultural Update – Week 5

The fifth week of the 2017 Regular Legislative Session has concluded. We will provide periodic updates as the Legislative Session continues, and for any relevant legislation, the full text of each bill and any amendments can be found on the legislative web sites. (;; and Updates from the last report are in bold […]

2017 Florida Legislative Session Agricultural Update – Week 4

The fourth week of the 2017 Regular Legislative Session has concluded. This week was the last scheduled week of regular House subcommittee meetings. House full committees will continue to meet, however bills that were not heard in subcommittee by now most likely will not be considered and we will start to remove them from the […]

Michael Minton Attends Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Capitol Days

Published: March 31st, 2017

By: Michael D. Minton

Managing Shareholder of Dean Mead’s Fort Pierce office and Agribusiness Industry Team Chair, Michael D. Minton, attended the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Capitol Days in Tallahassee, Florida, March 21-23, 2017. Minton who is also a member of the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors attended the Governor’s Reception hosted by Gov. Rick Scott at the Governor’s […]

15 Dean Mead Attorneys Recognized Among Orlando’s Best Lawyers®

Published: March 31st, 2017

Fifteen Dean Mead Orlando attorneys were recognized in the annual Best Lawyers® of 2017 list, recently published in Orlando Magazine, April, 2017 issue. In addition, David J. Akins was recognized as the 2017 Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year” in Orlando and Marc D. Chapman was named the 2017 Litigation – Trusts and Estates “Lawyer […]

In Fond Memory of Stanley A. Gravenmier

Published: March 29th, 2017

Our dear friend, colleague and the former Chair of Dean Mead’s Real Estate Department, Stanley A. Gravenmier, passed away peacefully at his home on March 1, 2017. Early last year, Stan was diagnosed with brain cancer and fought a courageous battle. He maintained his sense of humor, stayed in good spirits, and made the best […]

Melanie Griffin Honored as GSWCF Woman of Promise

Published: March 29th, 2017

By: Melanie S. Griffin

Melanie S. Griffin, managing shareholder in Dean Mead’s Tampa office, was honored as the Woman of Promise during the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida’s Women of Distinction Luncheon. The event was held on March 21, 2017 at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa and recognized six local women for their professional accomplishments, leadership […]

The Florida Commercial Rent Tax: Four Traps for the Unwary

Published: March 28th, 2017

By: Robert S. Goldman

As the only American state with a sales tax on commercial rentals, Florida has a history of presenting businesses with unwelcome surprises in the form of audit assessments. What follows below is a summary of the top four misunderstandings that create taxpayer exposure. Tax base is broader than just “rent.” The measure of tax is […]