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Florida’s Water Crises: Can We Afford The Solutions? (Part II)

Published: November 15th, 2016

By: Michael D. Minton Brad Gould Dana M. Apfelbaum

With the renewed focus on water projects due to discharges from Lake Okeechobee and a recent surge in blue/green algae, there is also a renewed effort to involve private interests in the development of these projects. This series of articles addresses exceptions to the general rule that government payments received by private landowners as a […]

Florida’s Water Crises: Can We Afford The Solutions? (Part I)

Published: August 24th, 2016

By: Michael D. Minton Brad Gould Dana M. Apfelbaum

If you want to get the attention of your elected officials in Florida, make sure there is an event that may adversely affect the tourism industry! The State of Florida receives (on average) between 50 – 60 inches of rain each year. Currently, our water management system is designed primarily as a drainage system with […]

Florida’s New Comprehensive Water Policy: “Think Globally, Act Locally”

Published: February 26th, 2016

By: Michael D. Minton Dennis G. Corrick

A recent NASA study published in the journal Science analyzed data gathered by NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) twin satellites when measuring the amount of water stored around the Earth. The study shows that while the ice sheets and glaciers continue to melt, the Earth’s thirsty continents have soaked up and stored more […]

Gov. Rick Scott Signs Monumental Water Bill That Rewards Central Florida’s Planning Approach

Published: January 21st, 2016

By: Michael D. Minton

Gov. Rick Scott signed one of the more important water bills in Florida’s history on January 21, and while it has benefits for the entire state, it is particularly important for Central Florida. The law is an affirmation of everything we’ve been doing to address water conservation and supply in Central Florida. The earlier version […]

Florida Legislature Passes Long-awaited Water Bill

Published: January 15th, 2016

By: John L. Wharton

In the face of opposition from some environmental groups and newspaper editorial writers, on January 13, the second day of the 2016 legislative session, the Florida Senate cleared SB 552, characterized by its supporters as a comprehensive water protection bill. The next day, the House followed suit. A veto of the bill by Gov. Scott […]

Michael Minton to Host Florida Chamber Regional Briefing in Palm Beach/Treasure Coast

Published: November 25th, 2015

By: Cari L. Roth Michael D. Minton

Dean Mead’s Michael D. Minton, shareholder and managing partner in the firm’s Fort Pierce/Port St. Lucie Office, will be co-hosting the 2015 Florida Chamber Regional Briefing in Palm Beach/Treasure Coast with Florida Chamber Foundation Chair, Pamela Rauch on November 30, 2015. David Hart, Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and Political Operations will give an Overview of the […]

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam Sees Promising Future

Published: October 12th, 2015

By: Dennis G. Corrick

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam H. Putnam recently spoke to the nearly 200 attendees of the 2015 Florida Agriculture Financial Management Conference (http://www.FAFMC.org) about the opportunities – and challenges – facing landowners and the agriculture industry. Putnam was clear that the opportunities far outweigh the challenges. A fifth generation cattle rancher and citrus grower who still […]

Florida Legislature Reaches Turning Point on Water Policy

Published: August 24th, 2015

By: Peter M. Dunbar

Florida Legislature Reaches Turning Point on Water Policy By: Peter M. Dunbar   The optimism at the beginning of this year’s legislative deliberations that there would be major initiatives to modernize Florida’s statewide water policies and implement the provisions of Amendment One faded in the final days of the Regular Session under the weight of […]