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Miami’s Future Archipelago of Floating Houses

A team of Dutch developers would like to bring a little bit of Atlantis to Miami. Earlier this month, Dutch Docklands submitted a letter of intent and request for zoning variance to the City of North Miami Beach in order to...more

9/2/2014 - Foreign Investment Letter of Intent Real Estate Development Real Estate Investments

The Real Developer Impact of Rising Sea Levels

Damage to coastal property and infrastructure from rising sea levels and increased storm surge is a threat that South Florida knows too well. According to a major new report released on June 24, 2014 by a coalition of senior...more

7/10/2014 - Climate Change Coastal Real Estate Information Reports Infrastructure Real Estate Development Real Estate Investments Rising Sea Levels Sea Levels

Will South Florida Soon be Under Water?

In South Florida, commercial real estate developers are increasingly planning projects with sea level rise in mind. Mitigating the current and future effects of rising seas is fast becoming a priority. But it's important that...more

7/10/2014 - Climate Change Environmental Management Systems Real Estate Development Real Estate Market Rising Sea Levels Storm Water

FBA Announces Coalition To Lobby Florida Legislature To Reduce VCTC Program Backlog

The Florida Brownfields Association (“FBA”) announced the formation of a coalition to encourage the Florida Legislature to clear out the backlog of existing Voluntary Cleanup Tax Credits. If FBA and its partners are...more

3/7/2014

New Standard Will Help Clarify Environmental Conditions For Homebuilders

When you are buying raw land to build homes, you need to know what you are buying. A 100-acre tract of farmland may look pristine to the untrained eye, but an environmental professional may discover a leaking underground...more

2/7/2014 - ASTM CERCLA Due Diligence Environmental Assessments Environmental Policies Environmental Review EPA Storage Tanks

New Phase I ESA Standard To Be Issued In November

New Standard Will Help Clarify Environmental and Historical Site Conditions For South Florida Developers - A new standard for performing Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) is expected to be released in...more

9/12/2013 - ASTM Commercial Real Estate Market Due Diligence Environmental Assessments Environmental Policies EPA

Q&A With Bilzin Sumberg's Howard Nelson

Originally Published in Law360 on March 28, 2013. Howard Nelson, chairman of the environmental practice group at Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP, has experience in environmental and land use law and zoning and...more

3/29/2013 - Condemnation Contaminated Properties Contamination Land Developers Wetlands

Alternative Water Supply Needed In South Florida

As groundwater all but disappears in South Florida and the region continues to grow, creating alternative water systems is an urgent issue. A recent Department of Economic Opportunity report calls for a strategy to ensure...more

3/6/2013 - Groundwater

Developers Facing Environmental Woes

Originally published on GlobeSt.com, February 25, 2013. In January, the Department of Economic Opportunity issued a report on the state’s business climate. The report called for a statewide strategy to ensure adequate...more

2/26/2013 - Groundwater Land Developers Reclaimed Water Water Supplies

Developers Seek Alternative Water Sources

Originally published on GlobeSt.com, February 26, 2013. Ground water is all but disappearing in Florida, with reclaimed water becoming the norm for new development and construction. What’s being done about it?...more

2/26/2013 - Alternative Water Sources Land Developers Water

Editorial: We Need A Shared Vision On Developing Florida

Florida has a long history of wrestling with the competing interests of growth management, economic development and the protection of natural resources. As an attorney practicing land use and environmental law for the past 22...more

2/7/2013 - Economic Development Groundwater Infrastructure Natural Resources

Editorial: Work For Smart Development

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is a relatively new state agency designed to ensure the continued growth and development of the region without hurting the preservation of our state's precious natural resources....more

2/4/2013 - Economic Development Natural Resources Private Property

Hardening Buildings And Infrastructure To Mitigate Business Risks Of Sea Level Rise

In low-lying Miami, discussions about sea level rise go well beyond the hypothetical. For property developers, building owners, government agencies, and insurance companies, developing strategies to mitigate the risks of sea...more

1/24/2013 - Climate Change Infrastructure Risk Mitigation Sea Levels Urban Planning & Development

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