Welcome to The F.L.U.D. Zone Florida Land Use and Development Law Blog – where we “flood” our followers with information about interesting, significant, and sometimes unusual developments in Florida land use and land development law. This platform serves as a timely resource for Florida’s fast-paced, ever-evolving legal arena, covering issues such as land use regulation, comprehensive planning and zoning, coastal planning and development, sea level rise, transportation, agriculture, environmental permitting, energy, and more.
Byron Flagg advises businesses, local governments, and property owners on land use, environmental, and real property matters in Florida. His practice involves helping clients navigate legal issues involving land use development projects, environmental permitting, zoning, comprehensive planning, homeowner association matters, land use variances, special use permits, coastal projects, sovereign submerged lands issues, FEMA floodplain issues, wetlands issues, conservation easements, environmental enforcement and compliance matters, as well as regulation of navigation and boating in state waters. Mr. Flagg is also an experienced trial attorney and handles litigation matters involving land use and environmental matters in federal, state, and administrative courts when necessary. He has litigated flooding cases, boundary disputes cases, easement disputes, enforcement of covenants and restrictions, permit challenges, and inverse condemnation cases. Mr. Flagg is also a former Assistant State Attorney, Assistant General Counsel for the St. Johns River Water Management District, U.S. Coast Guard veteran, and native Floridian. Read his full rc.com bio here.
Sorell Negro advises clients on land use, environmental, and real property matters. Her litigation experience spans U.S. federal and state courts and includes natural resources disputes, land use and development claims, takings, Fair Housing Act disputes, and claims arising under state, international, and federal environmental laws. Ms. Negro also has experience defending class action lawsuits arising under environmental laws. She provides proactive counsel to clients on how best to develop an administrative record that can withstand challenge and litigation, and she handles land use appeals pertaining to development permits. Ms. Negro routinely advises on legislation, ordinances, regulations, and proposed laws pertaining to land use, development, natural resources, conservation, endangered species, and environmental protection and management. She also reviews and analyzes proposed development plans and provides counsel on compliance with development regulations and environmental laws. In addition, Ms. Negro advises offshore clients on land use regulations, permitting and development, sustainable development, and coastal development issues. Read her full rc.com bio here.