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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 […]

The Ties that Bind: Transferring a Family Business to the Next Generation

By Leigh Kellett Fletcher | If you are the founder of a business that employs your family, there will come a time when you (or your younger family members) believe it is time to hand over control to the next generation of the family. Effecting that transfer without straining the bonds of familial affection is […]

Want to be Successful? Tips for Career Success

By Anne Pollack Achieve Career Success in Real Estate We just returned from the 2015 CREW Network Convention in Seattle, Washington. The event was filled with thoughtful sessions, enlightening learning excursions (aka, field trips!), bonding with our own Tampa Bay Chapter members, and lots of networking with other CREW members from around the country.   We […]

New Definition for “Waters of the United States” What Developers Need to Know

Land developers seeking to build anywhere near coastal waters, lakes, ponds, streams, waterways or wetlands, be aware that U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“ACOE”) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) are proposing a rule to change the definition of “waters of the United States” that will effectively expand ACOE jurisdiction to require dredge […]

All May Not Be Lost! Revitalization of Expired HOA Declarations and Covenants Conditions and Restrictions

By Leigh Kellett Fletcher | If you live in a community in which the Homeowners’ Association Declaration of Covenants Conditions and Restrictions has expired, but the residents and the Association leadership want to make them effective again, Florida law offers a unique opportunity to reinstate expired HOA Declarations. Chapter 720, Part III, Florida Statutes provides […]