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October 2018 Archives

Private beach properties in Boca Raton under scrutiny

Florida is home to many natural wonders, with one of the most beautiful being its miles of coastal beaches. The state has beaches on the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean and provides its residents with many places to live and play near the water. In Boca Raton, many residents love the miles of undisturbed beaches that they consider part of the city's character. While much of the land is publicly owned, certain stretches of it are owned by private individuals.

Land owners deserve a fair valuation of their properties

Eminent domain is a complex legal process wherein a governmental body may take land from a private property owner and compensate them for the taking. While it may seem as though a Florida land owner will ultimately be made whole through the compensation they receive from the governmental body, this is only true if the land which was taken was valued appropriately.

How does the eminent domain process work?

Eminent domain is a confusing process. To fully protect your rights and obtain fair compensation, it is important to understand how it works. Even if you do not object to the taking, it is important to have an attorney assist you with the process to ensure the procedure is carried out properly and that key attributes have been considered to recover the value lost by the taking.

The impact of hurricanes on property values

Every year coastal communities across the nation brace for the possible damage that comes with hurricanes. Floridians have had to weather many serious storms in the last decade, and just recently Hurricane Michael wreaked havoc on the state as it boomeranged through the Gulf of Mexico and slammed into the panhandle. With all of the destruction that hurricanes bring with them readers may be left wondering just what happens to real estate markets when the big ones hit.

Options for getting into the Florida housing market

Not everyone's lifestyle is amenable to home ownership. Buying a home literally requires a person to put down roots and to invest time, energy, and money into the residence that they have chosen to make their own. However, for many Americans, home ownership is part of the dream they have for their futures. This post will offer some suggestions to readers who are struggling to find their footing in the residential real estate market.

Technology may determine the future of zoning

Zoning, or the division of land into zones designated for certain types of use, can be a very complex and contentious process. Many parties have conflicting interests that they seek to protect through zoning. When city officials gather to determine zoning, the going can be slow. Technology can expedite the process and help ensure fairness. A startup out of Florida is influencing how cities plan zoning in our digital era.

Can I challenge zoning changes that will hurt my property?

This Florida land use and eminent domain legal blog has dedicated numerous informative articles to the discussion of zoning and how it impacts the way property owners may use their land. When a person buys a parcel of land they may be limited on what types of structures they can put on it and the purposes for which they may use their land. However, a person can run into zoning problems after they have purchased their land as well, particularly when municipal governments seek to change the zoning regulations that apply to the land owner's parcel.

Memorial may subject business owners to eminent domain

On June 12, 2016, 49 men and women were killed at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando by a gunman. The event rocked the state of Florida and shocked Americans throughout the country. Individuals connected to the heinous crime have fought to keep the memory of the victims alive and in the wake of the unspeakable tragedy formed the onePulse Foundation.

Do not let a dispute derail your pending real estate project

Growth and the construction of new buildings are signs that communities are prospering and ready to thrive. All across Florida new housing developments, industrial parks, and commercial centers are popping up, giving individuals new choices for where to live, work, and shop. The developers behind these projects are at the forefront of building opportunities for those who are parts of their communities.

A discussion of the purpose of zoning laws

Individuals are asked to consider this scenario: during the early hours of a Florida morning, a reader of this real property legal blog is in bed and enjoying their last few moments of peace before getting up and facing the day. Suddenly, the reader is confronted with loud noises and bright headlights as massive trucks move into work at the industrial site right next door. This occurrence is noisy, disruptive, and unfortunately common as the reader's home was built adjacent to an active industrial complex.

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