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February Florida Case Law Review

  City code’s requirement of evidence of consistency at rezoning hearing was not met with evidence of compatibility Like most local jurisdictions, the City of North Miami Beach has certain standards for approval of rezonings. At issue in this case was the requirement that “the proposed change would be consistent with and in scale with […]

Happy New Year Small Business!

  As a small business owner, the list of things that must be done never ends.  If you are like me, there is also the list of “wish I could dos” related to getting more efficient and streamlined, and then the list of “awesome ideas that would help my business grow but which seem overwhelming […]

Beware Transfers of Title Without Inclusion of Development Rights!

The 1st District Court of Appeals recently took a look at whether development rights in a development of regional impact automatically transfer when title is conveyed. This case begins with a long, complicated history of sales, foreclosures, option agreements, asset sales and bankruptcy. There are federal and state claims of inverse condemnation, fraudulent misrepresentation and […]

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays and best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year from Fletcher & Fischer!

Railroad Case Law Update

  An unambiguous deed granting fee simple title to a railroad does not convey an easement The Florida Supreme Court last month reviewed a question certified to the Court by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: Notwithstanding a deed that conveys land in fee simple from a private party to a […]

Fletcher & Fischer Receives “MVP Excellence Award”

Fletcher & Fischer was honored to receive the “MVP Excellence Award” at the CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Tampa Bay Excellence Awards, held on December 3rd. The firm was recognized for their legal work representing the developer of the Nolen at Prospect Park, a public-private partnership redeveloping property in downtown Clearwater with multifamily residential, retail, […]

Placemaking in Florida – Exciting New Developments and Lots of Potential

Yesterday evening the Mayor and City Council of Kissimmee, Florida approved a master development agreement creating a public/private partnership to develop two parcels adjacent to downtown Kissimmee, the new commuter rail station and the banks of Lake Toho. The agreement was the result of months of negotiation between City staff and the developer, Mosaic Development […]

The Farmer in the Dell: Challenges of Urban Agriculture

By Leigh Kellett Fletcher | In St. Croix, we have chickens, a lot of chickens. We have so many chickens that outdoor cafes place water squirt bottles labeled “Chicken Be Gone” on tables so you can defend your meal. Wild chickens nest everywhere, producing more chickens on a regular basis – chickens downtown in historic […]

CREW Tampa Bay Elects Anne Pollack to the Board of Directors

We are happy to announce CREW Tampa Bay has elected Anne Pollack to the Board of Directors as President-Elect for 2016. CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) is the leading association for the most powerful and influential professional women in the commercial real estate industry, comprising of over 8,000 members in 74 chapters throughout the United […]

FDOT Makes Strides to Create Complete Streets

By Anne Pollack | The Florida Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) met November 3 for its Annual Meeting.  Co-sponsored by the Sun Coast Section of the APA, the conference focused on multi-modal transportation and the future of transportation in Florida.  DeWayne Carver, the State Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator for FDOT spoke about what he called “a […]