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Peter Dunbar Earns Florida Bar Board Certification in Condominium and Planned Development Law

Published: June 21st, 2018

By: Peter M. Dunbar

Tallahassee, FL — Dean, Mead & Dunbar announced today that Peter M. Dunbar, managing shareholder of the firm’s Tallahassee office, has earned Board Certification in Condominium and Planned Development Law from The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization & Education. This is a significant milestone in Dunbar’s legal career because he is now distinguished as […]

Department of Revenue Bulletin: Property Tax Relief for Citrus Equipment

Published: June 12th, 2018

By: Robert S. Goldman Dennis G. Corrick

On June 1, 2018 the Department of Revenue issued a bulletin which serves as a reminder of property tax relief available in tax year 2018 for certain citrus fruit packing and processing facilities. The bulletin, PTO 18-02, follows the 2018 enactment of a Florida law (Laws of Florida Ch. 2018-118) providing that tangible personal property […]

Charles Egerton and Edward Waters on the Tax Consequences of a Mitigation Bank in the Journal of Passthrough Entities

Published: June 1st, 2018

By: Edward A. Waters Charles H. Egerton

Charles H. Egerton and Edward A. Waters, attorneys in Dean Mead’s Tax Department co-authored the article, “Update of the Tax Consequences of the Formation and Operation of a Mitigation Bank”, published in the Tax Tip column of the Journal of Passthrough Entities, Volume 21, Issue 3, May-June 2018, a publication of CCH.

Florida Department of Revenue Publishes Tax Refund Forms for Farms, Nursing Homes, and Assisted Living Facilities Impacted by Hurricane Irma

Published: May 29th, 2018

By: H. French Brown, IV

The 2018 Legislature created two sales tax refunds and a motor fuel tax refund for agricultural operations impacted by Hurricane Irma.[1]  Additionally, the Legislature created a sales tax exemption for equipment used to generate emergency electric energy at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Recently, the Department of Revenue published the forms necessary to apply […]

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 […]

High Flying Farmers Prevail Against County on Alleged Zoning Code Violation

Published: January 31st, 2017

Farmers, Mr. and Mrs. Nipper (the “Nippers”), successfully appealed a judgment enjoining them from operating a sky diving business on their farm in Walton County. The Nippers owned and operated a 290 acre farm and twice sought permission from the Walton County Planning Department to supplement their income by operating a sky diving operation on […]

Hunters and Ranchers Beware Screwworm Re-emerges in Monroe County

Published: October 24th, 2016

By: Brian M. Stephens Cari L. Roth

Not since the 1960s have biologists seen screwworm widely present in the United States. Recently, wildlife officials in Monroe County, Florida, noted the loss of a number of endangered Key deer, and the United States Department of Agriculture confirmed the presence of screwworm in Key deer in Big Pine Key and surrounding islands. That federal […]

Floating Aquatic Vegetative Tilling: Can We Put Water-Hyacinths to Good Use?

Published: January 28th, 2016

By: Dennis G. Corrick

By now, the issue of nutrients in Florida’s waters is well-recognized. Runoff from urban and agricultural systems and the loss of natural wetlands have combined to raise levels of nutrients, primarily phosphorus and nitrogen, in natural systems. These can lead to blooms of algae and general imbalances of the systems. In estuaries, such as the […]