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Land Use vs Zoning

While land use and zoning are intrinsically tied together and are often times assumed to be the same thing, they are two completely different terms with separate definitions.
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A Guide to Environmental Due Diligence

If you are thinking about purchasing, refinancing, or leasing commercial property, then environmental due diligence is a term that you should be acquainted with.
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What is a Development Order?

While the State of Florida has one of the most comprehensive and progressive land-use planning programs in the country, it still has its share of red tape and bureaucracy.  In this article, we will explain one of the first steps in this process; the development order.
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Understanding Conservation Easement Agreements

To protect and conserve the natural resources, wildlife habitat, ecosystems, archaeological resources, agricultural uses, and scenic vistas that exist on their property a landowner may want to consider a conservation easement (CE).
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Who is Responsible for Cutting Overhanging Tree Branches?

You think your neighbor’s trees are beautiful, but what happens when the branches start to grow over your house or shed, which you believe to be a dangerous situation?  Also, what about the rotten fruit dropping in your yard?  In this article, we will discuss your options and who is responsible for cutting overhanging tree branches.
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What Are Your Rights When it Comes to Easements?

If you are thinking of buying property in Florida, whether residential or commercial, it’s important to understand what are your rights with easements and how it may affect you as a property owner.
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Rights and Responsibilities of Riparian Owners

Before you purchase waterfront property, it is important that you gain an understanding of the riparian rights and responsibilities that come with it.
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Understanding Local Code Enforcement

To ensure compliance with housing and building codes, cities, towns, and counties engage in local code enforcement activities.
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Making Sense of the Environmental Permitting Process

A permit allows you to carry on various activities which may have an impact on the environment and human health.  The Environmental Resource Permitting (ERP) program regulates most alterations to the land surface in Florida that are not specifically exempt from regulations by statute or rule.  Environmental permitting can be a key instrument for reducing an industry’s environmental impact, facilitating its compliance with environmental requirements and promoting technological innovation.
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