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“Sweeping New Association Law Takes Effect in Florida,” Community Association Management Insider

A far-reaching new piece of legislation targeting community associations took effect in Florida on July 1, 2021. “It’s a mixed bag,” says Donna DiMaggio Berger, a shareholder in the Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., office of Becker & Poliakoff. “There’s some good stuff and some not so good stuff.” Good or bad, though, Berger says “there are […]

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“Setai Miami Beach Bans Unwelcome Hotel Guest From Using Amenities,” The Real Deal

Written by Francisco Alvarado. The Setai Miami Beach can’t kick out Sarah Lazow, but the luxury condo-hotel’s ownership is making the Los Angeles woman’s stay there an unpleasant one. Lazow, who currently has a short-term lease for a privately-owned unit in one of the Setai’s upper floors, is banned from the property’s pool, bars, restaurants and […]

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“Symbols of Change,” Common Ground Magazine

Written by Mike Ramsey. Cultural clashes and potential fair housing disputes, including fights over the Confederate flag, are impacting the inclusive and supportive mission of communities. Most community associations may never see a Confederate flag in their midst, but legal experts say it behooves all leaders to think preemptively about visual cues and behaviors – […]

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“Commercial Real Estate: A Review of 2020 & Planning for 2021,” Practical Law Real Estate

Practical Law Real Estate recently asked several leading real estate practitioners to share their thoughts on recent trends and developments impacting the real estate market, and provide predictions for the year ahead. The responses of Claramargaret Groover are featured below. Q: What already-occurring real estate market trends were accelerated due to the COVID-19 pandemic? A: Lenders have tended […]

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INFLUENCE Magazine Names Derek Silver A Rising Star in Florida Politics

In the last few months of the 2018 race for Governor, with polls showing even support for Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum, the DeSantis team continued trying to reach roughly 630,000 Jewish Floridians, who tended to vote for Democrats. In August, the campaign hired Derek Silver, who was entering his last year at Florida State […]

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Robert Rabinowitz Weighs in on New SEC Marketing Guidelines

The SEC recently updated its rules on advertising and solicitation to – finally – reflect how contemporary advisors connect and communicate with their potential and existing clients. Becker Shareholder Robert Rabinowitz – who focuses his practice on providing legal and regulatory guidance to broker/dealers and investment advisers – offers insight into the new single rule, […]

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“Short-Term Rental Developments: Profits Not Necessary to Violate Residential Use Covenant,” Community Association Management Insider

Short-term rental arrangements continue to plague community associations, with owners and powerful lobbying groups for companies like Airbnb constantly devising new tactics for avoiding restrictions. “With Airbnb and those platforms becoming such a huge percentage of rentals,” says Jennifer Horan, a shareholder in the Naples, Fla., office of Becker & Poliakoff, “we’re going to see […]

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“Ex-Fla. Lawmaker Joins Becker & Poliakoff’s Gov’t Practice,” Law360

Former Florida lawmaker Katie Edwards-Walpole recently told Law360 that she chose to join Becker due, in large part, to the firm’s commitment to innovation and collaboration. Becker welcomed Katie to its Government Law & Lobbying team just prior before Election Day 2020. Bernie Friedman, the team’s chair, believes that Katie’s extensive experience – both in […]

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“Fewer Snowbirds Flocking to Florida as COVID-19 Persists,” Sun Sentinel

Travel restrictions, health risks, and reduced amenities have many snowbirds carefully considering their annual migration to Florida communities and RV parks. Becker Shareholder Donna DiMaggio Berger tells the Sun Sentinel that winter residents who do return to the Sunshine State should proactively work with their association to understand and embrace necessary safety measures. “Even the […]

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