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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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