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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

Repairing Damaged Docks, Piers, and Seawalls After Hurricane Irma

Waterfront properties in the Keys and on both sides of South Florida coast were hit hard when Hurricane Irma began its assault on the state on September 10. The devastation included massive damage to the docks, boat-lifts, piers, and seawalls (“bulkheads”) that offer moorings to boats along waterfront properties. More than 2,000 vessels of all … 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

City of Miami Voters to Decide $400 Million Bond For Sea Level Rise and Affordable Housing

By August 30, 2017, Irma had transformed from a mere tropical storm system off the coast of Africa into a Category 5 Hurricane with South Florida appearing in its sights.  With only days before possible landfall in Miami, the entire city, its people, businesses and property owners shifted from their normal daily lives to making … Continue Reading

Reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). When does it Expire? Will it be reauthorized or changed?

One of the most significant land use issues facing Congress this year is reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  The NFIP is a FEMA managed program that provides flood insurance, analyzes and improves floodplain management, and develops flood plain maps (called Flood Insurance Rate Maps or “FIRMs”) showing different types of flood zones.  … Continue Reading

“Florida 2070”: What Florida’s Land Development Patterns Could Look Like In 50 Years

What do land development growth patterns across Florida look like over the next 10, 20, or 50 years?  That’s a question local governments, developers, and property owners of all types consider when planning for the future and investing in real estate development projects. Understanding those patterns, where they will occur, and in what intensity are … Continue Reading
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