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“Cash Cows: Businesses Save Millions Through Tax Break Meant to Help Florida Farmers,” Orlando Sentinel

Florida real estate developers, large corporations, and other non-farming entities have long used the state’s “greenbelt” law to take advantage of significant tax discounts. The law provides for lower tax assessments on property classified as agricultural, which Becker land use attorney Katie Edwards-Walpole says is a good thing because it incentivizes property owners to continue […]

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Bethune Statue Bill a Big Win for Our State Lobbying Team

Congratulations to Yolanda Cash Jackson, Mario Bailey and our entire lobbying team in Tallahassee! With Gov. Rick Scott poised to sign a bill that will lead to a statue of civil-rights leader and educator Mary McLeod Bethune replacing the likeness of a Confederate general as a representative of Florida in the U.S. Capitol, we tip our […]

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HOA Reserve Accounts: What Are You Missing?

Maintenance repair and replacement of the common areas of a community can be quite costly, and reserve accounts can be a great planning tool for the forward-thinking HOA. Until somewhat recently, the Florida HOA Act did not address reserve accounts. However, in 2007, Section 720.303(6) of the Florida Statutes was added, establishing a number of […]

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