Cristina Arana Lumpkin

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FDEP Issues Order to Restore Structural Damage Post Hurricane

Property Owners and Public and Private Entities: On September 5, 2017, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (“FDEP”) issued Emergency Final Order OGC. No. 17-0989 (the “Order”) in response to the anticipated widespread devastation across Florida caused by Hurricane Irma. In order to respond to the imminent or immediate danger to the public health, safety, and … Continue Reading

Healthcare Sector Heating Up Throughout South Florida

The University of Miami just announced plans to build a 200,000 square foot medical facility at its main campus in Coral Gables. Currently, many of UM’s medical facilities are concentrated in Miami’s Health District, where the Miller School of Medicine is located.  Once completed, physicians from the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Bascom Palmer Eye … Continue Reading

Miami-Dade County Retail Industry Expands Amidst Increasing Demand

Along with the condo market and the hospitality industry, the retail sector in Miami-Dade County has bounced back from the downturn, and developers and retailers are scrambling to expand existing shopping centers and build new centers in emerging markets such as the Design District, north of downtown Miami.  As Terranova Corp., a Florida real estate … Continue Reading

New Phase I ESA Standard to be Issued in November

New Standard Will Help Clarify Environmental and Historical Site Conditions For South Florida Developers A new standard for performing Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) is expected to be released in November 2013 by ASTM, a standards development organization.  Phase I ESAs are the backbone of environmental due diligence for commercial real estate, including multi-family homes.  The … Continue Reading

Hardening Buildings and Infrastructure to Mitigate Business Risks of Sea Level Rise

In low-lying Miami, discussions about sea level rise go well beyond the hypothetical. For property developers, building owners, government agencies, and insurance companies, developing strategies to mitigate the risks of sea level rise is a high-priority action item. At a recent Urban Land Institute (ULI) event hosted by Bilzin Sumberg, entitled “Can SE Florida Stay Afloat … Continue Reading

How Far Can Government Go When it Comes to Permit Conditions?

The United States Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a case brought by a property owner who challenged permit conditions imposed by the St. Johns River Water Management District for permits to develop a portion of the property. The property owner, Coy A. Koontz, applied for permits to develop 3.7 acres of a 14.2-acre parcel … Continue Reading

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