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City, County And Local Government

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...

Decision by Judge or Jury? Alternatives to Traditional Code Enforcement Boards

City, County and Local Government
Through F.S. Ch. 162, the Local Government Code Enforcement Boards Act, the legislature expressly granted Florida cities and counties the...

The Bert J. Harris, Jr., Private Property Rights Protection Act: An Overview, Recent Developments, and What the Future May Hold

City, County and Local Government
Florida is a state that provides relief to private landowners when a law, regulation, or ordinance inordinately burdens, restricts, or...

Me, Myself, and I: Does Florida’s Sunshine Law Apply to Communications of a Lone Member of a Board or Commission?

City, County and Local Government
Assume you are a newly elected member of a city council. Your election platform promised voters that you would fight...

Rodriguez v. Miami-Dade County:The Florida Supreme Court Clarifies Certiorari Review in Sovereign Immunity Cases

City, County and Local Government
Government entities commonly file motions to dismiss based on sovereign immunity. When those motions were denied, some appellate courts in...

Code Liens Are Not “Superpriority” Liens: Is it the End of the Debate?

City, County and Local Government
Recently, the Florida Supreme Court affirmed the Fifth District Court of Appeal’s opinion in City of Palm Bay v. Wells...

The Dissolution of the Town of Cedar Grove

City, County and Local Government
On October 3, 2008, the Bay County supervisor of elections certified the passage of a referendum to dissolve the town...

Prompt Judicial Review of Administrative Decisions: Providing Due Process in Unsure Waters

City, County and Local Government
Any administrative licensing procedure regulating First Amendment-protected activity must bear a “heavy presumption against its constitutionality”1 and, therefore, must provide...

Brock v. Board of County Com’rs of Collier County: A Case for Reconciliation

City, County and Local Government
The Florida Constitution creates a system of checks and balances with regard to county expenditures that acts to protect public...

FLUEDRA: Flawed, but Fixable?

City, County and Local Government
Your local government board has just gone through a heated, lengthy, and exhausting hearing that denied a landowner’s zoning request....