Insurance in the Time of Coronavirus – Business Interruption and Your Next Steps

This begins a series on insurance issues related to disaster resilience, especially with regard to the coronavirus pandemic and the upcoming hurricane season. While disasters are often somewhat personal (fire, sprinkler issue, robbery) or regional (hurricane, tornado, earthquake), rarely have we seen damaging events that effect the whole country like coronavirus has.  Insurance, as a […]

Insurance in the Time of Coronavirus: Litigation Claims and Government Help

This continues our series on insurance issues related to disaster resilience, especially with regard to the coronavirus pandemic and the summer hurricane season.  Part 1 can be found here. As noted in my earlier post, every insurance policy is different. Given the different needs and sophistication of businesses and the ultimate policy that comes out of […]

Anne Pollack Speaks about Development in the St. Pete Coastal High Hazard Area

Yesterday, attorney Anne Pollack spoke with Chris Steinocher of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and Joe Hamilton of the St. Pete Catalyst on their “Coronavirus Impact Insights” podcast about the proposed changes to development regulations for St. Petersburg’s much expanded Coastal High Hazard area.  The conversation can be found here. In St. Pete and around […]

Leigh Fletcher and Anne Pollack named 2020 Super Lawyers

Fletcher Fischer Pollack is very proud to announce that Leigh Fletcher and Anne Pollack have been named to the list of 2020 Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers are considered the top attorneys in the state with a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research to evaluate […]

Social Distancing and Hurricane Evacuation – Our Next Challenge

In 2012 the Costa Concordia ran aground near the Tuscany coast.  Some passengers swam to shore, got on a plane and flew home without a second thought.  The cruise line desperately searching for survivors, unaware that many were at home watching the events unfold on the news. This caused emergency managers and the cruise line […]

Still Open and Working Hard for You!

Clients, Colleagues and Friends, For the immediate future, and in accordance with heath guidelines, governmental orders, and our own business continuity plan, the attorneys and staff at Fletcher Fischer Pollack are operating remotely and conducting internal and external meetings virtually. We realize that continuity of support is critical, and while we are doing our best […]

How Do We Move Forward If We Can’t Have a Hearing: A Detailed Look at the Status of Land Use Hearings and Permitting in Tampa Bay Counties and Cities – April 2020

A big concern of property owners, developers and others in the real estate industry fortunate enough to have a stable investment backing, is how to keep projects moving forward that require land use or permitting approvals in the age of “safer-at-home” and public hearings that are cancelled or virtual. Everything is changing day by day, […]

Florida Issues Shelter At Home Executive Order

On April 1, 2020, the Governor issued Executive Orders 20-91 and 20-92, increasing the restrictions on sheltering at home and essential and non-essential service providers. EO 20-91 provides that certain individuals are ordered to stay home and take all measures to limit risk of exposure to the virus. These individuals include “senior citizens” (a term […]

The Pinellas County Safer-At-Home Order

On March 25, the Pinellas County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the “COVID-19 – Safer at Home” Order.  A copy of the resolution can be found here. COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, can cause severe illness and death, and is extremely contagious.  It is much more serious than the flu, and […]

FEMA recommends changes to Florida Building Codes and Land Use Regulations to Decrease Potential Damage from Future Hurricanes

Hurricane Michael struck the Florida Panhandle on October 10, 2018.  The hurricane was the most powerful storm to ever make landfall on the Panhandle, and, with its 161 mph windspeed, was the 4th most powerful hurricane to ever hit the US.  The storm was 350 miles in diameter and its eye alone was 25 miles […]