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City, County And Local Government

Misled Interested Citizens and Florida’s Public Meeting Laws

City, County and Local Government
Florida’s Government in the Sunshine Law, F.S. 286.011, has long required meetings of governing bodies of public agencies to be…

Bid Protests Under the Administrative Procedure Act: The Standard of Review, the Protest Hearing, and Further Review

City, County and Local Government
The touchstone of our democracy is federalism with powers within the government separated horizontally and vertically. The purpose of such…

Bidder Beware: Construction Contracting By and With Local Governments in Florida

City, County and Local Government
Construction contracting in the local government setting presents unique challenges that every construction law attorney and local government attorney should…

Parliamentary Procedure: Accomplishing the Will of the Majority While Protecting the Rights of the Minority in an Efficient and Respectful Manner

City, County and Local Government
The time was half past midnight. The meeting droned into its eleventh hour. The mayor looked down at the agenda,…

Local Regulation of Medical Marijuana in Florida

City, County and Local Government
The use of marijuana for medical purposes has a lengthy history, with the earliest known use occurring around 2900 B.C.1…

When Is a Public Official Entitled to Prevailing Party Attorneys’ Fee Reimbursement in Public Records Act Cases? Part II

City, County and Local Government
In part one of this article, I reviewed the potential statutory basis on which a Florida public official might invoke…

When Is a Public Official Entitled to Prevailing Party Attorneys’ Fee Reimbursement in Public Records Act Cases? Part I

City, County and Local Government
While becoming an elected or appointed public official in Florida affords the official personal pride, community respect, and, of course,…

Florida Public Records Law: The Battle Over Attorneys’ Fees

City, County and Local Government
Access to public records is a right rooted in the Florida Constitution and implemented through statute in the state of…

Up Allen’s Creek Without a Paddle: Can Cities Leverage Utility Service for Annexation?

City, County and Local Government
Cities should beware because even 20 years after it was decided, Allen’s Creek Properties, Inc. v. City of Clearwater, 679…

Another Fine Mess: Are Non-ad Valorem Special Assessments for Local Government Nuisance Abatement Charges Legally Defensible?

City, County and Local Government
A residential lot on the west coast of Florida is covered in trash, debris, inoperable vehicles, thickets of weeds, and…