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Planning for Growth and More Growth

Growth in Florida is expected to continue its upward trend in 2018. According to data from U-Haul, Florida was the country’s No. 2 Growth State for 2017, for the second year in a row. This is consistent with the U.S. Census Bureau’s estimates. The continuing flow of refugees from Puerto Rico (approximately 300,000 so far … Continue Reading

Tiny Houses Gain Momentum in Florida

We have previously discussed on our blog the tiny house movement and the possibility of this growing trend ameliorating the shortage of affordable housing in the Sunshine State. The second annual Florida Tiny House Festival took place in Elkton (near St. Augustine) last month. The festival was held by the United Tiny House Association and … Continue Reading

Brightline Train Launches This Month in South Florida

The country’s first private high-speed train is set to roll out this month in South Florida.  The proposed route will connect Miami to Fort Lauderdale in half an hour, and Miami to West Palm Beach in just one hour.  Train service this month will commence between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, with service expected … Continue Reading

Puerto Rican Evacuees Increase Pressure for Affordable Housing in Florida

More than 150,000 people have left Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September and have come to Florida.  This surpasses the number of Cubans who fled to Miami in the Mariel boatlift of 1980.  Evacuees continue to arrive and are in need of housing and other services including health care and schools.  … Continue Reading

Facing Increased Beach Erosion, Florida Looks Internationally for Sand

Florida, like other coastal states, faces the continual challenge of how to maintain beaches in the face of increased erosion, exacerbated by sea level rise, severe storm events, and certain coastal developments. Earlier this year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed a $11.5 million dollar project to restore beaches in Florida including widening Miami … Continue Reading

New Vacation Rental Regulations Coming to Miami-Dade

Miami-Dade County recently passed a new ordinance targeting vacation rentals, which would affect hundreds of active short-term rental properties including those listed on the popular websites AirBnB, HomeAway, and VRBO. This ordinance comes on the heels of several months of sparring between the City of Miami and AirBnB. Earlier this year, AirBnB sued the City … Continue Reading

Zoning for Residences with Disabilities: Old Principles Apply to New Scenarios as the Opioid Epidemic Spreads

Florida, like much of the U.S., is struggling with a mounting opioid epidemic. Governor Rick Scott recently declared the epidemic a public health emergency in Florida. A study by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement/Florida Medical Examiners states that the number of deaths in the state directly caused by opioid use in 2015 numbered 2,538. … Continue Reading
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