High Court Minn. Takings Ruling Could Lead To More Suits

he U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Thursday that a Minnesota county can’t keep proceeds from the sale of a residential condo it took after the owner fell behind on property taxes could lead to additional litigation in the nearly dozen other states that allow for such measures, experts say. The high court’s unanimous decision Thursday in […]

‘Are You Respecting Their Dignity?’: Employee-Surveillance Trend Deeply Splits Employers

A new Littler Mendelson survey of in-house attorneys and corporate leaders found two-thirds were concerned about the technologies’ impact on employee morale and compliance with privacy laws. From keystroke loggers to screenshot-capturing software and webcam eye-trackers, employee-monitoring tools have been on the rise since the COVID-19 pandemic drove white collar workers out of their cubicles […]

Developers In A ‘Mad Rush’ To Take Advantage Of Florida’s Live Local Act

When Condra Property Group bought the single-story motel at 2007 North Ocean Drive in Hollywood, Florida, last year, it was planning to redevelop the site into a 10-story luxury hotel. But the project required a height variance, got tied up in the approval process and never broke ground, the developer’s land use attorney said. Then in March, […]

Impact of affordable workforce housing law still being assessed by developers, experts

It’s been more than a month since the passage of a statewide law that would grant developer massive building rights throughout Florida if residential units are reserved for workforce housing. However, the true impact of the law, which won’t go into effect until July 1, is still being assessed by developers, planners, and attorneys. “There […]

Florida lawmakers tackle affordable housing, condo safety, foreign investment

Affordable housing, insurance lawsuit reform already signed into law Against the backdrop of controversial measures regarding permitless carry, a six-week abortion ban and Gov. Ron DeSantis’ feud with Disney, Florida state lawmakers have advanced a number of bills this session that could alter the landscape for developers, brokers and property owners in the Sunshine State. […]

Andrew Ingber Joins Government Law Group as an Associate Attorney

Government Law Group (GLG) is pleased to announce that Andrew J. Ingber has joined the firm as an Associate Attorney. Mr. Ingber brings significant litigation experience and a commitment to achieving favorable outcomes for clients. Mr. Ingber joins GLG after working at a large Florida law firm, where he successfully litigated high-exposure cases in the […]

New Florida affordable housing funding bill to spur massive redevelopment

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis A new bill signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis that aims to spur development of affordable housing across Florida could lead to a wave of redevelopment of low-density areas. The Live Local Act (SB 102) increases funding for affordable housing projects, makes it easier for developers to win approval for affordable housing in […]

Judge scolds Boca mayor, 2 council members in lawsuit over luxury beachfront home

The developer of a long-stymied beachfront luxury home proposed in Boca Raton has moved a big step closer to building it after a partial victory in federal court where the judge excoriated the mayor and two city council members for purported bias. U.S. District Judge Rodney Smith ruled that Natural Lands LLC has a vested […]

South Florida real estate projects in the pipeline for the week of April 7

Jupiter Medical Center has proposed an $110 million expansion. The nonprofit hospital currently has 248 beds at 1210 Old Dixie Highway. It wants to build a 92-bed addition on the east side of its campus. The new five-story building would total 135,000 square feet. In addition, a five-story parking garage would be built with 845 […]

Judge rips Boca politicians, opens way for beachfront home project

BOCA RATON — A federal judge has ruled the owner of beachfront property in Boca Raton has the right to build a home on his land, and that the mayor and two city council members were predisposed to block him from doing it. In an order that potentially carries broad consequences for a city that […]

Related Group Digs In on Brickell Project That Unearthed Ancient Artifacts

The multi-building development highlights what other builders often confront when working the now-hot Miami River waterfront In the middle of Miami’s glitzy Brickell neighborhood, archeologists have uncovered thousands of artifacts and human remains at a riverside site. Those findings, some experts say, are the clearest indication yet of life in what’s now Miami dating back […]

Florida’s affordable housing law could “change the look of coastal cities”

Developers are in contract to buy commercial sites due to new legislation Developers are analyzing how to take advantage of Florida’s new legislation, which will set aside over $700 million in funding, create tax breaks, and provide zoning-related incentives for affordable and workforce housing developments. The law could contribute to a new boom in housing […]

Live Local Act to provide millions in affordable housing across Florida

Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Live Local Act yesterday, promising millions in affordable housing funds and preempting local restrictions. Housing in Florida is a well-known and difficult issue for residents to navigate. As the state’s population continues to grow, fuelled by deep-pocket individuals from California, New York, Illinois and other high-tax states, housing prices and rental rates alike have […]

Boca Raton: Judge rebukes officials, orders new review of proposed beach house

A federal judge has ordered Boca Raton to reconsider its 2019 denial of a permit to build a home on the beach and barred Mayor Scott Singer and City Council members Andrea O’Rourke and Monica Mayotte from taking part. U.S. District Judge Rodney Smith excoriated the three officials for bias they showed under oath and […]

These bills in the Florida Legislature could have a big effect on Orlando development. Here’s how.

Companion bills making their way through the Florida House and Florida Senate have Paul Owens and others who share concerns about citizens’ ability to push back against development on alert. The bills are Florida House Bill 359 and Senate Bill 540, which would mandate that those who sue local governments over comprehensive plans or comprehensive plan amendments […]

Breaking down Florida’s proposed affordable housing legislation

Housing bill aims to fill funding gaps that developers statewide face Florida’s proposed affordable housing legislation, aimed at incentivizing developers with major tax breaks and hundreds of millions of dollars in funding, is advancing in the state legislature. Senate Bill 102, known as the “Live Local Act,” and related legislation would be a boon for […]

Hollywood paving way for three 25-story towers, four-story hotel on public golf course

HOLLYWOOD — Here’s what’s on the menu for Hollywood’s Orangebrook Golf Course: A redesign by legendary golf course designer Rees Jones; a four-star, four-story hotel with 175-rooms; and three 25-story towers with 750 apartments. A local developer beat out two other suitors Wednesday vying for the chance to redesign Hollywood’s public fairway, ensuring the city […]

Ares pays $28M for Boca Logistics Center

Deal marks at least second industrial purchase by investment management firm in as many months. Ares Management scooped up the newly built Boca Logistics Center for $27.8 million, marking the investment firm’s continued appetite for South Florida real estate. Ares bought the two warehouses at 644-646 Park of Commerce Way in Boca Raton from the […]

Florida Restaurant Wins $3.2M In Eminent Domain Dispute

A Florida state judge awarded $3.2 million as compensation to a Palm Beach County restaurant that was sued by the state’s Department of Transportation under the state’s eminent domain laws so that the government could obtain land to rebuild the Earman River Bridge after it partially collapsed in 2017. In his order filed Tuesday, Judge […]