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WSH To Serve as Town Attorney for Medley

On December 2, the Town of Medley appointed WSH as its Town Attorney. For the past four months, WSH has served as the Interim Town Attorney due to an unexpected vacancy. Founding Member Stephen J. Helfman will continue to serve as the town attorney on behalf of the Firm. Steve also serves as Town Attorney for Golden Beach, and as Village Attorney for Indian Creek and Key Biscayne. A member of WSH's Local Government Division and WSH's Public Land Use and Zoning Group, Steve has been extensively involved in the preparation of local government comprehensive plans and the adoption of municipal ordinances, including land development regulations and implementing those plans. He has been recognized as one of the "BestLaywers 2014" by BestLawyers for his work in Land Use and Zoning Law.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Local GovernmentAwards & RecognitionsLand Use & Zoning (Private)
Tags: Municipal GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanStephen J. HelfmanGilberto PastorizaSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal Attorneys
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Selected as Attorney for Village of Pinecrest

On September 3, WSH was selected by a unanimous vote to serve as Village Attorney for the Village of Pinecrest. The Village conducted a special meeting to interview the remaining finalists vying for the position, which ranged from sole practitioners to large-size firms. Founding Members Richard Jay Weiss, Joseph H. Serota, and Stephen J. Helfman played invaluable roles in WSH's presentation to the Council.  Member Mitchell A. Bierman, who serves as the Town Attorney for Cutler Bay, will serve as the Village Attorney. A member of WSH’s Local Government Division and Chair of WSH’s Airports and Aviation Services Group, Mitch provides key expertise to many of the firm’s other government clients on particular matters. An AV rated attorney, Mitch has earned accolades from BestLawyers, South Florida Legal Guide, Florida Trend, South Florida Business Journal, and the South Florida Daily Business Review. Partner Chad S. Friedman will serve as Deputy Village Attorney. In addition to his extensive experience representing local governments, Chad is a leading legal expert in the field of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs.

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Categories: Local GovernmentAwards & Recognitions
Tags: Municipal GovernmentAwards & RecognitionsMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanStephen J. HelfmanJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal Attorneys
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Appointed Town Attorney in Medley

On August 21, the Town of Medley selected WSH as Town Attorney.  Twelve firms and attorneys applied for the position, which was vacant due to the sudden resignation of Town Attorney Michael Pizzi. Founding Member Stephen J. Helfman will serve as the town attorney on behalf of the Firm. In addition to his role as Medley’s Town Attorney, Steve also serves as the Town Attorney for Golden Beach and the Village Attorney for Indian Creek and Key Biscayne. A member of WSH’s Local Government Division and Public Land Use and Zoning Practice Group, Steve has extensive experience with the State of Florida Growth Management Act and has been extensively involved in the preparation of local government comprehensive plans and the adoption of municipal ordinances, including land development regulations and implementing those plans. Recently, Steve was recognized by BestLawyers as one of the “BestLawyers 2014” for his work in Land Use and Zoning Law.

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Categories: Local GovernmentAwards & Recognitions
Tags: Municipal GovernmentAwards & RecognitionsMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanStephen J. HelfmanRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal Attorneys
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Bonds for Capital Improvements for PortMiami to be Priced and Sold This September

Recently, The Bond Buyer reported that underwriters working on the capital improvement plan at PortMiami were scheduled to begin pricing $390 million of seaport revenue bonds to retail investors on September 9, followed by institutional sales on September 10. $360 million of the offering will be new-money bonds that will finance part of a $977 million capital improvement plan to expand the port. The County plans to use $162 million of bond proceeds to finance a portion of the “Deep Dredge Project,” which is expected to increase the depth of the port channel and accommodate larger ships to pass through the port. Bond proceeds will also be spent on infrastructure and terminal improvements, including rail transportation systems to the port, an underwater tunnel, and the purchase of additional cranes to service the ships. The project is aimed to bring increased port business to Miami as an alternative to freight and truck shipping. WSH attorneys serve as the underwriters’ counsel.

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Categories: Government AffairsLocal Government
Tags: Mitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeJeffrey DeCarloChad S. FriedmanRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinSouth Florida Public Transactions LawFort Lauderdale Public Transactions LawMiami Public Transactions Law Public FinanceMunicipal Bonds
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

House Bill 319 : The Merging of Mitigation Standards for Traditional Transportation Concurrency and Alternative Mobility Funding Programs

In recent years, local governments attempting to address traffic congestion created by new development, and applicants seeking development approval, have encountered a rapidly-changing legislative landscape. House Bill 319 was adopted during the 2013 Legislative session. It builds on the sweeping changes of the 2011 Community Planning Act, that added limits on local governments’ ability to require developers to mitigate their impacts on the local transportation system. House Bill 319 was signed by the governor and became effective on May 30, 2013.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Local Government
Tags: Community Planning ActMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFlorida LegislatureFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysJohanna M. Lundgren
Author(s): Susan L. Trevarthen & Johanna M. Lundgren

WSH Partner Headlines BAPA and FAU-Sponsored 2013 Legislative Update

On May 20, the Broward Section of the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association (“BAPA”) and Florida Atlantic University School of Urban & Regional Planning co-hosted the 2013 Legislative Update, a one-hour public policy workshop providing an overview of the legislation adopted during the 2013 Florida Legislative session. WSH Partner James E. White gave a one-hour presentation on the adopted legislation and the anticipated effects relating to planning, growth management and local governments.  James is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners ("AICP") focusing his practice on land use and zoning, comprehensive planning, administrative and general municipal law. James is also Board Certified by the Florida Bar in City, County and Local Government Law.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Local GovernmentAwards & Recognitions
Tags: Municipal GovernmentAwards & RecognitionsMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissJames E. WhiteDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government Law
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

House Bill 7019 Permit Extensions Give Zombie Projects Another Chance At Life

In recent years, a series of legislative development permit extensions have enabled developers to keep previously-approved development orders and building permits alive despite economic conditions that resulted in stalled development throughout the state. Although Florida’s real estate market is now steadily recovering, the Legislature offered additional relief to qualifying developers that have been unable to complete previously-permitted projects within their expiration period.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Local GovernmentLand Use & Zoning (Private)
Tags: Municipal GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanGilberto PastorizaSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFlorida LegislatureFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawJohanna M. Lundgren
Author(s): Johanna M. Lundgren

Ethics Reform – A Primer for 2013

Ethics reform was one of the highest priorities on the legislative agenda this year in Tallahassee. The bill that eventually became law makes rather significant changes to Florida’s ethics statute (Chapter 112.313) and several changes will impact local elected officials.

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Categories: Local GovernmentEthics & Professional Responsibility
Tags: Municipal GovernmentEthicsSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFlorida LegislatureFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysRobert Meyers
Author(s): Robert Meyers

WSH Litigators Win Red Light Camera Appeal for City of Aventura

On April 24, WSH Partner Edward G. Guedes and Associate Samuel I. Zeskind obtained an appellate victory for the City of Aventura (the “City”) in a dispute over the City’s red light camera program. The appeal challenged a conviction for a red light camera citation. In her appeal, Geovana Achury argued in part that the trial court violated her right to due process by predetermining the evidence and relying on evidentiary and pre-trial rulings made in an unrelated case. The trial court relied on previously-determined evidentiary rulings in State of Florida v. Jason Vanderpool, 2011 WL 2742641 (Fla. Miami-Dade Cty. Ct. 2011) concerning the validity of the procedures used by American Traffic Solutions and other companies that maintain red light cameras. Taking judicial notice of the evidentiary rulings, the trial court held that the photographs and video generated by these cameras were admissible evidence.

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Categories: LitigationLocal Government
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentRed Light CamerasMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinSamuel I. ZeskindEvidenceMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Wins Appeal for Miami Art Museum

On April 17, 2013, the Third District Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of Judge Barbara Areces, Circuit Court Judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court in and for Miami Dade County, finding that the lease of a portion of Bicentennial Park by the City of Miami (“City”) to the Miami Art Museum of Dade County Association, Inc. (“Miami Art Museum”) complies with the City’s Charter. WSH attorneys Joseph H. Serota and Eric P. Hockman represented Miami Art Museum in the trial court. Laura K. Wendell, who is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in the field of Appellate Practice, joined Joe and Eric on the appeal to write the brief in support of the trial court’s decision.

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Categories: LitigationLocal GovernmentAppellate Law & Practice
Tags: Governmental LitigationMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesEric P. HockmanMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissLaura K. WendellDavid M. WolpinMiami 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 Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Eric P. Hockman