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U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Widely-Publicized Florida Case Involving Rules on Exactions and Inverse Condemnation

On October 5, the United States Supreme Court granted a petition for certiorari filed on behalf of the plaintiff in Koontz v. St. Johns Water Management District.  Oral arguments will be scheduled in the coming months. The case involves Coy Koontz, a landowner who owned 15 acres of land, the majority of which fell within a riparian habitat-protection zone in the Econlockhatchee River hydrological basin and contained protected wetlands. The development of the land was under the jurisdiction of the St. Johns River Water Management District.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityLitigationAppellate Law & PracticeLand Use & Zoning (Private)Federal CourtsConstitutional LawEminent DomainAdministrative Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationFlorida Supreme CourtMitchell J. BurnsteinJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesGilberto PastorizaMichael S. PopokClifford A. SchulmanJoseph H. SerotaSusan L. TrevarthenMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Eminent Domain AttorneysMiami Eminent Domain AttorneysSourth Florida Eminent Domain AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys South Florida LitigatorsFlorida Environmental LawFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Susan L. Trevarthen & Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Attorneys Re-Elected to BAPA Leadership Positions

WSH Partner James E. White and Associate Johanna M. Lundgren have been re-elected to their current leadership positions Broward Chapter of the American Planning Association (“BAPA”) for the 2012-13 fiscal year. James currently serves as the Board’s Legislative Representative Committee Member, while Johanna serves as an At-Large Board Member. The American Planning Association is a not-for-profit educational organization that champions good planning through direct public advocacy in government. Created in 1978 through the consolidation of two separate planning organizations, the APA has more than 40,000 national members, including more than 15,000 certified planners.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityAwards & RecognitionsLand Use & Zoning (Private)
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsGilberto PastorizaSusan L. TrevarthenJames E. WhiteFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys Johanna M. Lundgren

WSH Attorneys Recognized as BestLawyers by National Publication

Each summer, BestLawyers compiles a list of the most reputable attorneys throughout the country. This year, WSH is thrilled to announce that several of its Members and Partners have been selected for "BestLawyers 2013."

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityLitigationGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentAppellate Law & PracticeAwards & RecognitionsLand Use & Zoning (Private)
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsEdward G. GuedesStephen J. HelfmanMichael S. PopokClifford A. SchulmanJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys South Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Environmental LawFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

ALJ Recommended Order OKs Condominium Association Plan to Level Sand Dune

WSH Members Mitchell J. Burnstein and Susan L. Trevarthen recently obtained a favorable decision in an administrative proceeding on behalf of the Mayan Beach Club (“Association”). The case arose when Broward County and the Sea Turtle Oversight Protection (“STOP”) challenged a modification to an Association permit that would level a 176-foot sand dune, arguing that the dune provided significant environmental protection and should not be destroyed for the purpose of providing a more desirable ocean view for the Association’s owners. Specifically, the challengers alleged that the dune contained an endangered species of plant known as the beach star, helped prevent coastal erosion of the shoreline, and provided a nesting habitat for species of marine turtles that are protected under state law. The Association and the Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) countered that the Association had agreed to partner with the City of Fort Lauderdale as part of a dune restoration project at the Palms Condominium, under which a stretch of beach would harbor several endangered species of vegetation. The Association and DEP also argued that neighboring beach areas provided nesting habitats for the turtles. On August 25, Florida Administrative Judge David Maloney recommended that the DEP enter a final order issuing the Modification. In his opinion, Judge Maloney stated that there was no evidence that the adjacent beaches provided inferior protection for the sea turtles or endangered vegetation. He also held that the facts did not support a finding that the dune prevented coastal erosion, since it lacked the height or continuity along the shore needed to be considered a “significant dune.”

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Categories: Environmental/SustainabilityLand Use & Zoning (Private)Eminent DomainAdministrative Law
Tags: Mitchell J. BurnsteinClifford A. SchulmanSusan L. TrevarthenMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysFort Lauderdale Eminent Domain AttorneysMiami Eminent Domain AttorneysSourth Florida Eminent Domain AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys Florida Environmental LawMiami Eminent Domain Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Town of Cutler Bay Receives Award for Revolutionary Green Initiative PACE Program

The Florida League of Cities awarded the Town of Cutler Bay with the Environmental Stewardship Award for its Go Green Initiative, and specifically for its revolutionary Property Assessed Clean Energy District (PACE) Program. The Town was the first governmental entity in Miami-Dade County to achieve the Florida Green Building Coalition’s Silver Certification. WSH Associate Chad S. Friedman worked with the Town on its Green Initiative from its inception, drafting legislation at the state and county level and researching similar programs. The PACE Program is the country’s first partnership among cities aimed at reducing their carbon footprint. Over the next five years, the program is predicted to reduce carbon dioxide output by more than 35,000 metric tons, as well as stimulate the local economy by $735 million and create 4,500 jobs.

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Categories: Environmental/SustainabilityLand Use & Zoning (Private)
Tags: Municipal GovernmentChad S. FriedmanGilberto PastorizaClifford A. SchulmanSusan L. TrevarthenSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Public Transactions LawFort Lauderdale Public Transactions LawMiami Public Transactions Law Fort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

U.S. Supreme Court Slaps Down EPA for "Strong Arming" and Denial of Due Process to Citizens It Regulates in a Decision Under the Clean Water Act

Michael and Chantell Sackett were the victims of EPA’s “strong arming” according to Justice Scalia’s scathing opinion in the case of Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency, 566 U.S._______ (2012)(Supreme Court Case No. 10-162). All the Sacketts wanted to do was build a home near, but not adjacent, to a lake. Their 2/3 acre lot is located in Bonner County, Idaho, and others had already built structures closer to the lake. Having received their local building approval, they began to fill part of their lot with dirt and rock. Then the EPA hammer descended.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityLitigationGovernment AffairsAppellate Law & PracticeFederal LawLand Use & Zoning (Private)Federal CourtsConstitutional LawAdministrative Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokClifford A. SchulmanJoseph H. SerotaSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys South Florida LitigatorsUnited States CongressUnited States SenateFlorida Environmental LawFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation Attorneys
Author(s): Clifford A. Schulman

WSH Associate Estrellita Sibila Speaking at "Smart Planning for a Green Future"

Associate Estrellita S. Sibila will be speaking at the Smart Planning for a Green Future 2012 Virtual Conference & Expo taking place on April 4 – 6, 2012. On April 5, 2012, Estrellita will speaking as part of a six member panel of state and national environmental leaders offering discussions and insights on Smart Planning for a Green Future. The program is hosted by the Future Is Now Foundation and 1000 Friends of Florida (@floridafriends) and will showcase timely topics on energy and environment including clean energy needs and options, green infrastructure, economic development and Florida jobs.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityLitigationGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentAwards & RecognitionsLand Use & Zoning (Private)
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentAwards & RecognitionsMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanGilberto PastorizaClifford A. SchulmanEstrellita S. SibilaSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys Urban Development BoundaryFlorida Environmental Law
Author(s): Estrellita S. Sibila

Key Decision Under Florida’s New Growth Management Law Finds Proposed Farmton Large Scale Development Does Not Proliferate Urban Sprawl

On January 24, 2012, Administrative Law Judge David Maloney issued a recommended order finding the Farmton Local Plan (FLP) incorporated into the Volusia County Comprehensive Plan as “in compliance” with the Community Planning Act.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentLand Use & Zoning (Private)Administrative Law
Tags: Florida Growth Management ActCommunity Planning ActMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanGilberto PastorizaClifford A. SchulmanSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissJames E. WhiteDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law Attorneys
Author(s): James E. White

Florida Legislature Will Tackle Several Significant Planning and Growth Management Bills In Upcoming Legislative Session

In less than two weeks, Florida representatives and senators will convene for the 2012 Legislative Session. Legislators will tackle a number of bills relating to planning and growth management issues. WSH Partner James E. White provided a synopsis of several bills in the new edition of Planner’s Perspective, the quarterly electronic newsletter of the Broward Section of the American Planning Association. In addition to his contributing to the newsletter, James is a member of the American Planning Association and a Legislative Policy Committtee Member of its Broward Section.

To read the synopsis, click here. To check on the status of any individual bill or read the bill’s text and/or amendments, you can visit the Florida Legislature’s website.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityGovernment Affairs
Tags: Florida Growth Management ActCommunity Planning ActMunicipal GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanGilberto PastorizaClifford A. SchulmanSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFlorida LegislatureFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

600 Brickell Ready for Occupancy, Showcases Cutting Edge-Technology and Environmental Sustainability

The recently completed 600 Brickell at 600 Brickell World Plaza, is not only Miami’s newest commercial real estate tower – it’s also the only building that’s been LEED pre-certified platinum, the highest green rating offered. WSH handled land use and zoning issues for the project in its infancy.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityLand Use & Zoning (Private)
Tags: Gilberto PastorizaClifford A. SchulmanEstrellita S. SibilaSusan L. TrevarthenSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysFort Lauderdale Real Estate AttorneysMiami Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Real Estate AttorneysMiami Commercial Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Commercial Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara