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South Florida Municipalities Continue To Fight Pain Clinic “Pill Mills”

Despite 2011 legislation regulating the pain management clinics which have made Florida a center for illicit trafficking in prescription narcotics, local governments continue to face the serious impacts of pain clinics and unscrupulous pharmacies. While legitimate pain management clinics exist to provide needed medical treatment for individuals suffering from chronic pain, “pill mill” clinics and pharmacies have exploited lax state regulations to prescribe and dispense large amounts of controlled substances and serve the illicit drug trade. Over the past several years, these illicit businesses proliferated within the retail storefronts of South Florida communities, resulting in dramatic increases in burglaries of clinics, robberies and other crimes, and further hampering redevelopment efforts in recession-stricken commercial districts.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Government AffairsLocal GovernmentLand Use & Zoning (Private)
Tags: Municipal GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanRichard 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 Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal Attorneys
Author(s): Johanna M. Lundgren

Construction Lien Triggers: When Is "Final" Really Final?

Florida’s Construction Lien Law might appear straightforward, but there is plenty of room for costly error.

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Categories: LitigationConstruction Law
Tags: Gary L. BrownJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesEric P. HockmanMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida Litigators
Author(s): Eric P. Hockman

Snapshots From The Community Planning Act, Part 5: Proportionate Share Mitigation of Transportation Impacts – Deficient Roadways and Other Transportation Facilities

The Act removes the state mandate for local governments to enforce transportation concurrency, the regulatory requirement that roadway and other transportation facilities be in place concurrent with the impact of new development. If local governments continue to enforce transportation concurrency, as most local governments appear to be doing at this time, then the Act requires that local governments must continue to obey the state mandate to provide proportionate share mitigation options to applicants for new development approvals, and to follow the revised statutory rules for calculating such mitigation.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentLand Use & Zoning (Private)
Tags: Community Planning ActMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanGilberto PastorizaClifford A. SchulmanSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissDavid 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 AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys
Author(s): Susan L. Trevarthen

Snapshots From The Community Planning Act, Part 4: Permit Extensions Redux

As in the film “Groundhog Day,” local governments woke up at the end of the 2011 Legislative Session to find that yet another set of permit extensions were provided directly by the state, preempting local control of the renewal and extension of building permits and development orders.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/Sustainability
Tags: Community Planning ActMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentPreemptionMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanClifford A. SchulmanRichard 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 Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal Attorneys
Author(s): Susan L. Trevarthen

Despite Challenges, More Florida Local Governments Finalizing PACE Programs

As we discussed in our prior blog post, various local governments in South Florida are embracing Property Assessment Clean Energy (“PACE”) programs to make green-friendly improvements to existing properties. WSHPC&B associate Chad S. Friedman significantly contributed to the creation of Florida’s first PACE program, the Green Corridor, under which participating local governments provide financing to property owners making qualifying improvements (such as efficiency improvements) to their buildings. Recently, Chad shared his thoughts on the new PACE programs that local governments are embracing and the highly publicized legal battles PACE programs are fighting in federal courts. You can read a copy of the article here.

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Categories: Environmental/SustainabilityGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentFederal LawAwards & RecognitionsFederal CourtsReal Estate
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentAwards & RecognitionsMitchell A. BiermanJonathan CohenJamie A. ColeJeffrey DeCarloIgnacio G. Del ValleChad S. FriedmanGilberto PastorizaClifford A. SchulmanRichard 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 Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysSouth 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 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

Estrellita S. Sibila to Speak at the Florida State University Real Estate Trends & Networking Conference in Tallahassee, FL

WSHPC&B attorney Estrellita S. Sibila has been invited to speak at the 17th Annual Real Estate Trends & Networking Conference hosted by the Center for Real Estate Education & Research at Florida State University College of Business. The Real Estate Trends & Networking Conference is organized to inform participants of the emerging trends and issues facing the real estate industry. The conference focuses on factors affecting markets in the southeast region of the U.S.  In her speech, Estrellita will address the topic of government regulations and its impact on real estate with a focus on trends in sustainable development. The conference will be held in Tallahassee, Florida on October 27 & 28, 2011.

To read more about the conference and to register, please click here.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityAwards & RecognitionsLand Use & Zoning (Private)Real Estate
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsJonathan CohenIgnacio G. Del ValleChad S. FriedmanGilberto PastorizaClifford A. SchulmanEstrellita S. SibilaSusan L. TrevarthenFort Lauderdale Real Estate AttorneysMiami Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys
Author(s): Estrellita S. Sibila

WSHPC&B's Alison Smith Is the New Secretary of the Caribbean Bar Association in South Florida

Alison F. Smith, an associate in our Broward office, has been elected as the Secretary of the Caribbean Bar Association, a voluntary bar association in South Florida with more than 150 lawyers in both the private and public sector that has partnered with numerous international powerhouse organizations to call attention to Caribbean-American issues.  In addition to her new position, Alison provides a substantial amount of her time to the Stephen R. Booher American Inn of Court, a program devoted to improving professionalism and ethics for both the bar and bench. Alison also served as the President of the Student Bar Association at Nova Southeastern University Law School, where she graduated magna cum laude and also served on the NSU Law Review.

You can read more about the Caribbean Bar Association and its mission here.

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsJamie A. ColeRaquel ElejabarrietaEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokBrett J. SchneiderJoseph H. SerotaAlison F. SmithFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law Attorneys
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

11th Circuit Finds Municipal Ordinance Authorizing Issuance of “Trespass Warnings” is Unconstitutional

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently vacated a decision of U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida which had upheld the City’s of St. Petersburg municipal ordinance authorizing certain City officials to issue trespass warnings. In vacating the lower court, the Eleventh Circuit held that the City’s trespass warning ordinance was unconstitutional.

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Categories: LitigationGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentAppellate Law & PracticeFederal LawFederal CourtsConstitutional Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentSara E. AulisioMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFlorida ConstitutionFort 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 AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida LitigatorsEleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Author(s): Sara E. Aulisio

Timothy M. Ravich to Speak at ABA's Aviation and Space Law Litigation National Conference in Washington, DC

WSHPC&B attorney Timothy M. Ravich has been invited to join the faculty of the American Bar Association's Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section's Aviation and Space Law National Conference.  Timothy, a Florida Bar Board Certified Aviation Lawyer, will address how space law is anticipated to develop with the expansive opportunities of privatized space travel and commercial enterprise.  The conference will take place at the Fairmount Hotel Washington, DC from October 20-21, 2011.

To read more about the conference, click here.

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Categories: LitigationAirports and AviationAwards & Recognitions
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokTimothy M. RavichJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerMiami Aviation AttorneysSouth Florida Airport LawSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida Litigators
Author(s): Timothy M. Ravich

WSHPC&B Hosting Breakfast Briefing Regarding Code of Ethics; All Officials in Broward Municipalities Encouraged to Attend

On November 1, Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske, P.L. will host a breakfast briefing open to all elected and appointed officials in Broward County to discuss the County’s newly passed Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics, which was passed unanimously by County Commissioners this past Tuesday, drastically changes the rules governing the activities of municipal officials. Officials are encouraged to attend our briefing, which will address the new regulations on:

  • Financial disclosure;
  • Outside employment;
  • Lobbying;
  • Selection committees; and
  • Charitable/campaign fundraising.

The briefing will be held on November 1 from 8:30 -10:30 am. at the Sheraton Design Center on Griffin Road just east of 1-95. There is no cost to attend, and a complimentary breakfast will be served. Please RSVP as soon as possible to Lisa Werner at (954) 763-4242 or lwerner@wsh-law.com.

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Categories: Government AffairsLocal Government
Tags: Municipal GovernmentEthicsSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentFlorida League of CitiesMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeRichard Jay WeissDavid 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 Attorneys
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara