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Recently Proposed Pollution Notice Rule Struck as Invalid

The Division of Administrative Hearings ("DOAH") recently struck down the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's ("FDEP") proposed Public Notice of Pollution Rule 62-4.161 ("the Rule") in response to a petition...more

Q&A: Why Land Redevelopment May Hit Big

Land redevelopment hasn’t always been a popular option, at least not with neighboring land owners. But that might be changing. Originally Published in Globest.com - November 20, 2014....more

Q&A: Land Remediation - What You Need to Know

Whether it’s for condos, office buildings or industrial properties, raw land is becoming more and more scarce in Miami. That means land remediation is becoming a bigger issue. It also means developers have to face new...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  /  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

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

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

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