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Florida Governor Extends COVID-19 State of Emergency Another 60 Days: State and Local Opportunities to Extend Certain Permits in Florida Due to COVID-19 May Be Available

Section 252.363(1)(a), Florida Statutes, provides that certain qualifying permits and authorizations are eligible for an extension once certain States of Emergency are declared for the length of time the declaration is in effect plus an additional six (6) months. A written request for such an extension must be submitted to the authorizing governmental agency within […]

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Kathleen Berkey Recognized Among eBella Magazine’s “Winning Women”

Kathleen Berkey was featured in the April 2020 issue of eBella Magazine as one of their “Winning Women” for her work as a top attorney and environmental activist. As a child in rural Redding, Connecticut, Kathleen would often hear her parents discuss real estate development issues related to historic preservation and the environment. She says […]

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State and Local Opportunities to Extend Certain Permits in Florida Due to COVID-19 May Be Available to Associations

As discussed in our earlier post on March 20, community associations may have access to an extension of opportunities for permits. Although Section 252.363(1)(a), Florida Statutes, as amended in 2019, only provides that certain qualifying permits and authorizations are eligible for an extension once certain “natural emergency” states of emergency are declared, there has been […]

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Opportunities to Extend Certain Permits in Florida Due to COVID-19 May Be Available

Section 252.363(1)(a), Florida Statutes, provides that certain qualifying permits and authorizations are eligible for an extension once certain States of Emergency are declared for the length of time the declaration is in effect plus an additional six (6) months.  A written request for such an extension must be submitted to the authorizing governmental agency within […]

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Becker Insider | March 2020

The Becker Insider provides recent news and unique perspectives into the Florida policy issues that matter most to you. At Becker, we believe that our strengths truly lie in our differences. Our local, state, and federal lobbying teams have deep and longstanding relationships across the political spectrum, allowing us to better champion the interests of […]

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Kathleen Berkey Is Zonta Club of Bonita Springs-Estero’s 2020 Woman of the Year

Ft. Myers, Florida – February 17, 2020 – The Zonta Club of Bonita Springs-Estero is hosting its annual Woman of the Year fundraising dinner, Tuesday, April 22, at Pelican’s Nest Golf Club in Bonita Springs. Each year the Club honors a woman who exemplifies Zona’s mission which is dedicated to improving the circumstances of women […]

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Defending Sea Turtle Lighting Code Enforcement Actions

Have you or your community association been faced with code enforcement violations related to sea turtle lighting? Even the best intentioned can be faced with such an issue in a coastal community. Kathleen O. Berkey, B.C.S., AICP, a Becker land use and community association attorney and certified land planner who is a Board Certified Specialist […]

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Shedding Light on Sea Turtle Lighting

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and coastal local governments regulate what lighting is permitted to avoid and minimize the impacts to sea turtles, but why is artificial coastal lighting a problem? In the southeastern United States, sea turtle hatchlings begin to hatch throughout the months of June through October, most often at […]

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Community Update – November 2019

As we prepare for the holidays and other year-end festivities, associations are also beginning to look ahead to the needs and demands of the coming year. This month’s edition explores some of the issues that associations may encounter from time to time and discusses best practices for putting your community’s best foot forward. If your […]

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Episode 11: Adjacent Development Planned Next to Community – “Can They Do That?”

There’s a developer that wants to build a brand new neighborhood right next to ours, but we’re worried it’s going to be disruptive. Can we oppose the development? Find out the answer in this month’s episode! When it comes to association rules and bylaws, there seem to be more questions than answers. Becker’s video series, […]

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Why Community Associations Should Check Their Zoning and Entitlement History

Zoning laws are enacted by villages, towns, cities, or counties to control the types of uses and the parking ratio, intensity, density, and dimensions of those uses. This is for the purpose of preserving property values, managing growth, preserving the character of a community, facilitating the adequate provision of transportation, and promoting public health and […]

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Kathleen O. Berkey Newly Minted as Florida Bar Board Certified in City, County, and Local Government Law

Ft. Myers, FL – We are pleased to announce that Kathleen O. Berkey is now Florida Bar Board Certified in City, County, and Local Government Law. Board certification demands rigorous testing and is in recognition of having the highest standards of skill, specialty knowledge, proficiency, professionalism, and ethics in a particular area of the law. […]

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Kathleen Berkey Honored as a Finalist for the 2019 APEX Awards

Shareholder Kathleen O. Berkey was honored as a finalist for the 2019 APEX Awards on Wednesday at the Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops. The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Committee presents the award to Lee County residents who excel in professional achievement, community service/philanthropy, mentoring and leadership. The […]

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Keep Lee County Beautiful Great America Cleanup Day

April 13, 2019 was proclaimed “Keep Lee County Beautiful Great America Cleanup Day” at the Lee County Board of County Commissioners’ meeting. Becker’s own Katie Berkey, Esq., AICP (second from the right) has been proud to serve on Keep Lee County Beautiful’s Board of Directors since 2016. The mission of Keep Lee County Beautiful, a […]

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Community Update – March 2019

Happy spring! As we move into the new season, there’s no better time to start thinking about spring cleaning for your association!  Whether your association board has new members or your building is in need of maintenance, now is the time to make sure you’re on the right track for success. When strangers come together […]

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“Raffles and Games of Chance: A Gamble for Community Associations,” FLCAJ

Historically, gambling was only illegal when it became a public nuisance. See Lee v. City of Miami, 121 Fla. 93, 163 So. 486 (1935). Today, although gambling is not generally prohibited, almost all forms of gambling are either prohibited by Florida law or heavily restricted. Given the potential for condominiums, co-ops, and homeowners associations or […]

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Becker Expands Florida Land Use Practice

We now have a West Coast compliment to Jeremy Shir’s established East Coast planning, zoning and entitlements practice. Kathleen O. Berkey has recently joined our Community Association and Land Use and Zoning practices as a shareholder attorney and certified land planner (AICP) in Fort Myers. Kathleen joined us on September 21st. Her practice focuses on […]

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Law360 Highlights New Partner Trio in Florida Offices

            In an October 4th article titled “Becker & Poliakoff Lands Partner Trio In Fla. Offices,” Law360 took note of Becker’s  continued, fast-paced growth in key practice areas including  real estate, community associations, development, zoning and land use, as well as business litigation. The story reported that David K. Blattner, […]

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