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Florida Land Development Permit Extensions for Hurricane Irma

Published: October 12th, 2017

By: W. Lee Dobbins

On September 4, 2017, Governor Scott issued Executive Order No. 17-235 declaring a State of Emergency due to Hurricane Irma. The emergency declaration is for 60 days and will expire on November 3, 2017. Florida Statute 252.363 allows for the extension of the termination dates of certain land development approvals for the duration of any […]

Florida Land Development Permit Extensions for Tropical Storm Emily

Published: August 9th, 2017

By: W. Lee Dobbins

On July 31, 2017, Governor Scott issued Executive Order No. 17-204 declaring a State of Emergency due to Tropical Storm Emily. The emergency declaration is for 60 days and will expire on September 29, 2017. Florida Statute 252.363 allows for the extension of the termination dates of certain land development approvals for the duration of […]

HOA Blog Part V: Distinguishing Between Condo and HOA Fees, Fines, and Penalties

Published: July 10th, 2017

By: Brian M. Stephens Peter M. Dunbar

Back in Part 1 of this series, we noted that subtle distinctions exist between the rules regulating condominiums versus rules regulating homeowner’s associations. And, in keeping with that subtly, much of what has been discussed in Parts 2, 3, and 4, of this series is equally applicable to condo and homeowner’s associations. Here, however, it […]

Land Development Permit Extensions – State of Emergency for Brush Fires Extended

Published: July 6th, 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 was for 60 days and would have expired on June 10.  However, on June 9, 2017, Governor Scott issued Executive Order […]

Florida Opioid Epidemic Leads to Land Development Permit Extensions

Published: May 31st, 2017

By: W. Lee Dobbins

On May 3, 2017, Governor Scott issued Executive Order No. 17-146 declaring a State of Emergency for the entire State of Florida due to the opioid epidemic. 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 the duration of any […]

Homebuilders and Contractors Beware

Published: May 3rd, 2017

By: Michael J. Furbush Thomas P. Wert

Construction Defect Claims May Be Filed More Than Ten Years After Construction is Complete A statute of repose sets a firm deadline by which a lawsuit may be filed after the occurrence of a particular event. Once the statute expires, a prospective defendant is no longer exposed to legal action. Florida has a ten-year statute […]

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 […]

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 […]