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 […]

New bill would make it riskier to sue to protect undeveloped lands

Floridians would be on the hook to pay when they lose lawsuits that oppose building new homes on undeveloped lands, under a newly filed bill. Environmental groups fear that if the bill were to pass, it would deter people from filing lawsuits limiting development — and lead to greater sprawl. “The intent of the legislation […]

Government Law Group Adds Attorney Julieta Gomez De Mello To Litigation Team

Government Law Group is excited to announce that attorney Julieta Gomez de Mello has joined the firm as Senior Associate. She will concentrate her practice on complex commercial litigation representing businesses and individuals in a variety of litigation matters, business litigation, appellate practice, Intellectual Property and Probate Litigation. The addition of Ms. Gomez de Mello […]

Hollywood Development Boom: Shrinking Land Supply Presents Opportunities

Hollywood, the beach town sandwiched between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, is finally experiencing a real estate boom. Fueled by high demand for land in the region, and a limited supply, the once-quiet town is now booming with development for the first time in decades. Downtown Hollywood and the iconic Young Circle area are revitalizing with […]

BTI’s $500M South Fla. Mixed-Use Project Gets Approvals

A mixed-use development featuring two 35-story towers and 856 units developed by BTI Partners, with guidance from Government Law Group PLLC, has won key approvals from Hollywood, Florida, officials this week, clearing a path for the over $500 million project to move forward. The Hollywood City Commission voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve the rezoning, design […]

Bonds on the Ballot in Delray, and a New Doc’s All American

Two major bond referendums will be on the Delray Beach ballot in March. One will ask voters to approve $100 million for public safety improvements, including a new police station. The other will be a $20 million plan to upgrade recreation, focusing on Atlantic Dunes and Catherine Strong parks. The city commission approved the proposals […]

CRE Landlords, Tenants Fight For Upper Hand In S. Florida

Law360 (September 2, 2022, 4:01 PM EDT) — With economic forces and local market trends driving up prices for South Florida commercial real estate, the mutual needs that marked tenant-landlord relationships during the depths of the pandemic have given way to property owners motivated to seek out technicalities and other creative means to oust tenants […]

Large self-storage facility may be coming to Atlantic Avenue and Turnpike intersection

The country’s largest self-storage company, Public Storage, is looking to build a three-story facility on the southwest corner of Florida’s Turnpike and Atlantic Avenue. The County Zoning Commission on Aug. 25 granted a necessary variance, the first approval in what will be a lengthy process to build a three-story, 71,259 square-foot facility on a vacant […]

Legal battle ramps up at waterfront Bal Harbour condo building

Former unit owner and her buyers allege board president Joseph Swedroe is engaging in “self-dealing” Current and former unit owners at a boutique waterfront building in Bal Harbour allege that the condo board president has illegally obtained control, with the goal of ultimately terminating the association and redeveloping the property. Litigation between Water’s Edge House […]

As Fight Over South Florida Condo Termination Intensifies, Expect More Litigation as Developers Pursue New Buildings

“A lot of condo associations seem to go unchecked. It’s not to say that they do anything wrong, but the truth is, a lot of people aren’t paying attention to what their condo board does. Especially in something like this particular building, where a lot of its members are part-time residents,” said Jordan Isrow of […]