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Every apartment building, parking garage and high-rise office building was once just a simple patch of dirt. In our modern world, the transition from one to the other is an extraordinarily complex process that begins long before the first shovelful of dirt is turned over.

Will the building comply with comprehensive and land development codes? Will it conform to zoning and environmental laws? What about drainage and access, billboard regulations, noise level limitations, architectural review and preservation, alcoholic beverage regulations and traffic plans?

Our firm can guide the project through the Byzantine maze of rules, laws, codes and guidelines.

The firm’s land use lawyers have substantial experience in obtaining approvals from local and state governments for landowners, homebuilders, commercial developers, including bar and restaurant owners. Also, the firm represents local governments in eminent domain and land use matters.

The firm, its land use attorneys and eminent domain attorneys are experienced in representing property and business owners in administrative proceedings before federal, state, and local agencies, involving wetland permitting, access management and billboard matters. The firm also handles land use litigation, including appeals to administrative agencies, circuit and appellate courts.

The firm has also influenced the creation of many rules and regulations by working with governmental officials and legislatures to create laws that reflect realistic, reasonable solutions for our clients and the public. These include many changes to zoning codes, comprehensive plans and noise ordinances.

Our areas of land use law expertise include:

  • Annexations
  • Land Use and Environmental Resolution / Dispute Mediation
  • Alcoholic Beverage Zoning and Licensing
  • Concurrency and Transportation
  • Special Use, Special Exception and Conditional Use Permits
  • Florida Community Planning Act
  • Developments of Regional Impact (DRIs)
  • Developer Orders
  • Historic Preservation
  • Inter-local and Development Agreements
  • Land Use Litigation
  • Platting and Subdivision Law
  • Redevelopment
  • Site Plans
  • State and Local Comprehensive Planning
  • Variances
  • Zoning

Meet the Team

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Mark Bentley
Mark Bentley

Mark Bentley

Partner , Tampa Phone Number: (813) 225-2500
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(813) 225-2500
Office Location
Tampa
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Adam D. Birch
Adam D. Birch

Adam D. Birch

Attorney , Clearwater Phone Number: (727) 461-1818
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(727) 461-1818
Office Location
Clearwater
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William T. Conroy
William T. Conroy

William T. Conroy

Partner , St. Petersburg Phone Number: (727) 800-5980 ext. 3030
Office Location
St. Petersburg
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Joseph W. Gaynor
Joseph W. Gaynor

Joseph W. Gaynor

Partner , Clearwater Phone Number: (727) 461-1818 ext. 1080
Office Location
Clearwater
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Ryan C. Griffin
Ryan C. Griffin

Ryan C. Griffin

Partner , St. Petersburg Phone Number: (727) 800-5980 ext. 3040
Office Location
St. Petersburg
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T. Luke Markham
T. Luke Markham

T. Luke Markham

Attorney , Tampa Phone Number: (813) 225-2500
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(813) 225-2500
Office Location
Tampa
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Ernest L. Mascara
Ernest L. Mascara

Ernest L. Mascara

Of Counsel , St. Petersburg Phone Number: (727) 800-5980 ext. 3055
Office Location
St. Petersburg
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Howard S. Miller
Howard S. Miller

Howard S. Miller

Partner , St. Petersburg Phone Number: (727) 800-5980 ext. 3060
Office Location
St. Petersburg
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Darryl R. Richards
Darryl R. Richards

Darryl R. Richards

Partner , Tampa Phone Number: (813) 225-2500 ext. 2075
Office Location
Tampa
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Dennis G. Ruppel
Dennis G. Ruppel

Dennis G. Ruppel

Partner , Clearwater Phone Number: (727) 461-1818 ext. 1210
Office Location
Clearwater
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Craig Taraszki
Craig Taraszki

Craig Taraszki

Attorney , St. Petersburg Phone Number: (727) 800-5980 ext. 3070
Office Location
St. Petersburg
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Christopher A. White
Christopher A. White

Christopher A. White

Attorney , St. Petersburg Phone Number: (727) 800-5980 ext. 3075
Office Location
St. Petersburg
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Steven A. Williamson
Steven A. Williamson

Steven A. Williamson

Partner , Clearwater Phone Number: (727) 461-1818 ext. 1265
Office Location
Clearwater
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