Thinking About New Subsection 553.79(20), Florida Statutes, From The Local Authority’s Perspective

By: Donald J. Lunny Ch. 2017-149, Laws of Florida, became effective July 1, 2017 and seemingly relates to the subject of construction.  In Section 3 of the new legislation, which applies to property located outside a designated historic district, a prohibition and pre-emption from county and municipal development control was granted in favor of [...]

By |2017-11-14T11:27:49+00:00November 13th, 2017|Blog, Local Government Law and Relations|

Real Estate Development 102: It’s a State of Emergency! What Happens to Your Building Permits and Development Orders?

By: Quentin Morgan In this blog post, Quentin Morgan, an attorney with Brinkley Morgan's local government law and relations practice, informs readers about how state emergency management laws affect building permits and development orders. Florida's State Emergency Management Act was created to reduce the vulnerability of the people and property of the state through [...]

By |2017-03-29T10:00:19+00:00March 29th, 2017|Blog, Local Government Law and Relations, Real Estate|

Real Estate Development 101: 3 Keys to Having Success with Local Government

By: Quentin E. Morgan In the world of real estate development, the notion that every property is unique is all too real.   This is particularly true for startup developers looking for opportunities every day in a market where developable land is becoming increasingly scarce. Making it as a startup developer today can be difficult due [...]

By |2017-03-13T13:31:03+00:00January 4th, 2016|Blog, Local Government Law and Relations, Real Estate|

Pitfalls of Government Contractors

By: Quentin E. Morgan Governmental purchasing policies and procedures very from local government, state government to the federal government. Those policies and procedures are continually changed by the governing body of the government to the point of leaving many contractors confused and unsure of how to best position their company for an award of a [...]

By |2017-03-13T13:31:04+00:00September 18th, 2015|Blog, Local Government Law and Relations|

Prayer at Government Meetings

By: Quentin E. Morgan The United States Supreme Court has stated the prayers to open governmental meeting are “deeply embedded in the history and tradition of this country.” The Court has upheld constitutional challenges to this time honored tradition many times, notably in the 1983 Marsh v. Chambers case where the Court ruled legislative prayer [...]

By |2017-03-13T13:31:05+00:00September 8th, 2015|Blog, Local Government Law and Relations|

Governmental Disputes and the Balancing of Competing Governmental Interests Test

By: Donald J. Lunny, Jr. Sometimes governmental agencies have disagreements concerning land use regulations.  These often arise when one governmental agency needs the zoning approval of the other in order to construct facilities.  Most often, cities or counties regulate the use and development of land through zoning and land development regulations, and development proposals of [...]

By |2017-03-13T13:31:09+00:00March 10th, 2015|Blog, Local Government Law and Relations|

Florida’s Historic Preservation Property Tax Exemption

By: Quentin E. Morgan The old axiom that “Those who do not study history are condemned to repeat its mistakes,” does not apply to property in the State of Florida.  Maintaining and recognizing pieces of the past, as a display of all the outstanding achievements of men and women who have made significant contributions to [...]

By |2017-03-13T13:31:10+00:00November 19th, 2014|Blog, Local Government Law and Relations, Taxation|

The Ability of Local Ordinances to Support Causes of Action and the Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees in Litigation

By Donald J. Lunny, Jr. This case is a reminder to practitioners of the importance of local ordinance review when evaluating potential causes of action.  Too often, practitioners focus only on Federal and State law as a basis for substantive recovery.  Counties and cities have the power to adopt local ordinances that cover a variety [...]

By |2017-03-13T13:31:16+00:00October 10th, 2012|Blog, Local Government Law and Relations, Uncategorized|

Expansion of Exemptions to Government Contracting in the Sunshine

In this blog post, Quentin Morgan, an attorney with Brinkley Morgan's local government law and relations practice, informs readers about state laws affecting procurement services in Florida's cities and municipalities, particularly, public record and public meeting Government-in-the-Sunshine exemptions. Florida's Government-in-the-Sunshine law guarantees the public’s right to access state and local government records and meetings. Specifically, [...]

By |2017-03-13T13:31:16+00:00April 3rd, 2012|Blog, Local Government Law and Relations|

Community Development Districts (CDDs): A Development & Governing Tool

Quentin E. Morgan is a member of Brinkley Morgan’s local government law and relations practice with special emphasis on land development and local government issues. In this blog post, Quentin takes a look at Community Development Districts (CDDs). The past few years of economic downturn have presented a host of challenges for local governments and [...]

By |2017-03-13T13:31:17+00:00August 16th, 2011|Blog, Local Government Law and Relations|