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Bill Townsend Honored with Coveted Franklin C. Latcham Award

Published: January 11th, 2018

By: William D. Townsend

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 […]

Mark Holcomb quoted in Bloomberg Tax on Florida Legislative Session

Published: January 25th, 2018

By: Mark E. Holcomb

Mark Holcomb, state and local taxation attorney in Dean Mead & Dunbar’s Tallahassee office, was quoted in Bloomberg Tax on the 2018 Florida Legislative Session preview. ‘‘It is a tighter budget year. That’s reflected in the governor’s package,’’ Holcomb said. ‘‘That coupled with it being an election year is why I think we won’t see […]

Administrative Law Judge rules that Petitioner cannot challenge rule for what is not in the rule

Published: January 12th, 2018

By: John L. Wharton

In the case of Pelican Bay Foundation v. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Pelican Bay argued that the Commission’s proposed rule should be invalidated based on the fact that a particular waterbody, the Clam Bay system in Collier County, was not included within the rule’s proposed slow speed zones. Prior to hearing, the City […]

Bill Townsend Honored with Coveted Franklin C. Latcham Award

Published: January 11th, 2018

By: William D. Townsend

Congratulations to William D. Townsend, SALT attorney in Dean Mead’s Tallahassee office. Bloomberg Tax named Townsend as the 2017 recipient of the Franklin C. Latcham Award for Distinguished Service in State and Local Taxation. The award was presented at the BNA Annual Board dinner, held in New York in conjunction with the NYU State and […]

Commercial Landlord and Property Manager Alert: Complying with Florida’s New Rent Tax Rate

Published: December 21st, 2017

By: Mark E. Holcomb Vicki L. Berman

The Florida Legislature reduced the state commercial rentals tax rate from 6% to 5.8% for rental periods beginning on or after January 1, 2018. This article guides commercial landlords and property managers in complying with that rate change.  While the reduced tax rate applies to commercial rental consideration, it does not apply to other charges […]

22 Dean Mead Attorneys Recognized Among Best Lawyers in America 2018

Published: September 8th, 2017

By: Cari L. Roth Joseph “Jay” Van Heyde II

Best Lawyers® 2018 Orlando, Fla. – Dean Mead recently announced that 22 lawyers were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America © 2018.  The attorneys who are recognized in their fields of practice are as follows: Name of Lawyer Practice Area(s) for Recognition David J. Akins Tax Law;  Trusts and Estates David P. Barker Real Estate […]

Dean Mead Welcomes New Associate in Tallahassee

Published: August 24th, 2017

By: Michael B. Dobson

Michael B. Dobson joined Dean Mead’s Tallahassee office as an associate. His practice focuses on Governmental Relations, Real Property, Public Records and Administrative law. Prior to joining the firm, Dobson worked as a staff attorney for the Florida House of Representatives, Ways and Means Committee. In that role, he drafted and analyzed legislation, counseled legislators […]

Dean Mead’s Legislative Update Series Draws Big Crowd in Brevard County

Published: August 16th, 2017

By: Peter M. Dunbar

Melbourne, Florida was the next stop on the tour around the state featuring Dean Mead’s 2017 Legislative Update Series on July 26th.  More than 90 people came out to hear special guests Senator Debbie Mayfield, Senator Jack Latvala, and Representative Thad Altman. Pete Dunbar, of Dean Mead’s Tallahassee Office, moderated the discussion. Special thanks to our […]

Dean Mead Partners with St. Lucie Chamber and EDC to Host Legislative Luncheon

Published: June 30th, 2017

By: Peter M. Dunbar

Dean Mead is pleased to sponsor the upcoming “Legislative Update Luncheon” on Monday, July 24, 2017.  The location is Club Talavera at Verano in Port St. Lucie.  The list of legislators who are participating in the panel discussion are as follows: Senator Joe Negron  (confirmed) Senator Jack Latvala (confirmed) Representative Gayle Harrell  (confirmed) Representative Erin […]