Tag Archives: Florida

The 2017 Fla. Legislature Returns To CondoLand

Once again, after a one-year hiatus, the Florida Legislature has produced several condominium bills. Typically, the Legislature passes a single condominium bill into which other approved bills have been merged. This year, perhaps to make up for the failure to enact any condominium legislation, four bills were passed: CS/CS/CS/HB653 (HB653), CS/CS/HB1237 (HB1237), (CS/CS/CS SB398 (SB398), … Continue Reading

New P3 Opportunities for Government Technology

Although public-private partnerships (P3s) are frequently associated with physical infrastructure, P3s are inherently flexible and can be utilized for the time and cost-effective delivery of virtually any public good or service, including software and other information technology.  The private sector is constantly expanding and improving upon its government technology offerings (examples include recent advances in … Continue Reading

Changes to Public Records Act Reshape Duties of Government Contractors

Recent amendments to Florida’s Public Records Act change a government contractor’s responsibilities under the Act in four ways: (1) Public records requests must be made directly to the public agency and not the contractor. (2) After a contract ends, contractors may either transfer all records to the public agency or keep and maintain the public … Continue Reading

Extend Development Orders and Building Permits for Almost One Year Due to Extension of Zika State of Emergency

Governor Scott, for the second time, has extended the State of Emergency issued for the Zika Virus. As a result, holders of development orders and building permits have another opportunity to claim a longer extension. The Governor also declared a State of Emergency in advance of Hurricane Matthew. Under Florida Law, that State of Emergency … Continue Reading

Water P3s Now on Tap in South Florida

Florida was an early pioneer in the United States of the public-private partnership (“P3”) model as a means of funding infrastructure improvements. In South Florida alone, we have the Florida Atlantic University dormitory, the $1.8 billion expansion of I-595, the $663 million Port of Miami tunnel and more recently, the Miami Beach Light Rail, to … Continue Reading

eMerge Welcomes Guests with Iconic Opening Reception

Last night was a buzz at the opening reception for the 3rd annual eMerge conference located at the iconic 1111 Lincoln Road garage. The attendees enjoyed food, drinks and music, but the real discussion centered on the provocative content scheduled over the next two days. Some examples include emerging markets and entrepreneurship in Cuba and technology … Continue Reading

eMerge Americas 2016 is Nearly Here

On April 18th and 19th, eMerge Americas will host its third annual technology conference. Last year, the conference welcomed more than 10,000 attendees and 500 companies from more than 50 countries. As stated on Business Wire, “Entering its third year, eMerge Americas is working to meet and exceed expectations for 2016. The event will once again deliver … Continue Reading

Cuba’s telecommunications industry and Miami’s expanding Silicon Beach

The social and familial ties Miami has to Latin America are well known. What may be less obvious are its network connections. Miami is ranked as one of the top-five most connected cities in the world. Miami’s growing telecommunications industry, including the eMerge Americas movement, has earned it the name “Silicon Beach.” About 90% of … Continue Reading

China Business Series Breakfast Seminar

Bilzin Sumberg Tax Partner Jeffrey Rubinger will speak this week at an MBAF China Business Series Breakfast Seminar in Miami where attendees will learn about current trends and initiatives in the China and U.S. markets. Guests will also hear from Ralph Chow, Regional Director (Americas), Hong Kong Trade Development Council and Hernando Gomez, Business Valuation … Continue Reading

Hospitality Legal Panel

On Wednesday, September 30, Bilzin Sumberg Real Estate Practice Group Leader and Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association (GMBHA) Board of Director, Suzanne Amaducci-Adams, will moderate the Hospitality Legal Panel presented by GMBHA. Guests will hear from an experienced panel of attorneys including Bilzin Sumberg Litigation Attorney James Ward.… Continue Reading

Miami-Dade County Proposed Budget Confirms Dedication To P3s

Last week Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez introduced the County’s FY 2015-16 Proposed Budget and Multi-Year Capital Plan. A review of the budget’s line items confirms the County’s dedication to the use of public-private partnerships (“P3s”) in executing its ambitious capital improvement plans across the board. The County has allocated $250,000 for P3 consulting support … Continue Reading

Luxury & Culture Behind Miami’s Growth as a Destination for the Wealthy

The City of Miami continues to emerge as a top global destination for the über-wealthy. According to Knight Frank’s annual Wealth Report (2015), Miami is ranked 6th globally, 2nd in the U.S. and will remain among the world’s top 10 most important cities to Ultra High Net Worth Individuals for the next decade. The wealth report … Continue Reading

Miami: The Next Global Frontier

Miami’s second annual eMerge Americas Conference marks another milestone in the city cementing itself as a hub for tech startups and entrepreneurs. In the last 18 months, Miami has established and cemented many of the key components it will need to continue to mature as a global hub for tech, including the growth of collaborative workspaces, … Continue Reading

Miami’s Green Spaces Are Prime Assets for Public-Private Partnerships

On March 29, 2015, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, of which Bilzin Sumberg is a member, hosted an event that discussed infrastructure plans that would increase Miami’s walkability and bikeability. In addition to increasing modes of mobility, the plans that were discussed would also allow Miami to recapitalize … Continue Reading

Why Miami Offers Attractive Opportunities to Chinese Investors

More so than ever, wealthy Chinese investors are actively seeking returns abroad when it comes to real estate investments. China’s 2014 GDP growth of 7.4% was the slowest since 1990 and China’s growth outlook is gloomy due to its impending real estate bubble. Chinese developers have demonstrated in the past few years that they are not afraid … Continue Reading

Insights from the Americas Lodging Investment Summit conference

Guest blog post written by Max Comess, Director, HFF Hotel Group. In January, our team attended the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) conference, one of the largest hotel investment conferences in the world, at the JW Marriott hotel in downtown Los Angeles. A reported 2,800 people registered for this year’s conference, just a fraction of the overall … Continue Reading

P3 Hub South Live Blogging – Join the Conversation

Bilzin Sumberg, in partnership with P3 Bulletin, is proud to host P3 Hub South, a two-day conference bringing together top national and international players in the public sector, including U.S. government agency officials, mayors and local government staff, and leading global public-private partnership (“P3”) innovators in the private sector, including investors, developers, construction firms and … Continue Reading

2015 Economic Outlook. Blue Skies Ahead.

Renowned economist Hugh F. Kelly (PhD, CRE), Clinical Professor in New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate and the 2014 national Chairman of The Counselors of Real Estate, led a discussion at a CREW-Miami luncheon regarding issues affecting the commercial real estate market in 2015 and gave his annual economic predictions. Some of the … Continue Reading

Real Estate Joint Venture Tips

A recent New York Times article described the increased presence of New York developers in the South Florida condominium market. The fact is that Miami real estate market has always been a seductive one for out of state developers, and the upside in the development opportunities in the South Florida real estate market simply continues to … Continue Reading

eMerge Announces Major Partnership

Once again, Miami is making headlines as it continues to establish itself as a burgeoning tech hub. The upcoming 2nd annual tech conference eMerge Americas, scheduled to take place on Miami Beach on May 1-5, 2015, has a new partner: On Wednesday, NBC Universal and Telemundo announced a multi-year exclusive global media partnership with eMerge Americas. This partnership … Continue Reading
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