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The Agenda Newsletter Archives

The Agenda is the official newsletter of the CCLGL Section. In each issue you will find a variety of useful information, including articles; caselaw and legislative updates; Chair’s reports; details on Section meetings, CLEs, and events; budget summaries; award winners; and more.

The Agenda – Summer 2021 - (View PDF)

  • Quasi-Judicial Hearings in a Virtual World – Lessons from a Global Pandemic By Miriam Soler Ramos
  • Chair's Report: Amanda Coffey

The Agenda – Spring 2021 - (View PDF)

  • Enhancement and Restoration Opportunities for Local Government Land by  Susan Roeder Martin
  • Chair’s Report: Don Crowell
 

The Agenda – Fall 2020 - (View PDF)

  • COVID-19 Lessons for Emergency Orders: A South Florida Perspective by Elen Gantner, Roger Pou, David Tolces, and Susan L. Trevarthen Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, PL
  • Chair’s Report: Don Crowell

The Agenda – Summer 2020 - (View PDF)

  • Risk Protection Orders: a Law Enforcement Tool to Help Address the Crisis of Gun Violence by Christopher I. Reyes The Reyes Law Firm, P.A
  • Technology and The Americans With Disabilities Act by Christopher J. Stearns, Johnson, Anselmo, Murdoch, Burke, Piper & Hochman, P.A. & Randy D. Mora, Trask Daigneault LLP
  • Chair’s Report: Don Crowell

The Agenda – Fall 2019 - (View PDF)

  • Litigation of the Narrow Exception to Sovereign Immunity for Known Hazards or Traps by John A. Greco Deputy City Attorney, City of Miami
  • Understanding and Avoiding Liability for “Prohibited Exactions” Under § 70.45 Florida Statutes by Robert K. Lincoln, M.S.P, J.D, B.C.S.
  • Chair’s Report: David C. Miller

The Agenda – Winter 2019 - (View PDF)

  • Scooters in the City Beautiful by Miriam Soler Ramos, City Attorney, City of Coral Gables & Stephanie M. Throckmorton, Assistant City Attorney, City of Coral Gables
  • Chair’s Report: Michele Lieberman

The Agenda – Summer 2018 - (View PDF)

  • Technology Issues Unique To Local Government Law by Xavier E. Alban, Assistant City Attorney City of Miami, Office of the City Attorney
  • A Hard Conversation for the Local Government Attorney: How to Tell Your Council/Commission They are NOT on the Clock 24/7 by Jill E. Jacobs, Esquire, Deputy City Attorney, City of Palm Bay, Florida
  • Message from Out-Going Immediate Past Chair Robert L. Teitler, 2017-2018

The Agenda – Spring 2018 - (View PDF)

  • Unique Issues for City Attorneys Facing Citizen-led Ordinance Initiatives or Charter Amendments by Michael P. Spellman, Sniffen & Spellman, P.A., [Presented to: Florida Municipal Attorneys Association]
  • Considering the Public Forum Status of Government Internet Sites by Carl E. Brody Senior Assistant County Attorney Pinellas County Attorney’s Office
  • Chair’s Report: Robert L. Teitler

The Agenda – Fall 2017 - (View PDF)

  • Zoning as a Community Conversation: An Empirical Exploration of “Meaningfulness” in Local Zoning Board Decisions by Michael J. Dema, Esq., Managing Assistant City Attorney – Land Use & Environmental Matters, City of St. Petersburg
  • Letter from the Editor by Craig E. Leen
  • Sovereign Immunity As A Defense Against County-Imposed Fees: Town of Gulf Stream, et al. v. Palm Beach County, 206 So. 3d 721 (Fla. 4th DCA 2016) by Jennifer G. Ashton, Esq., Corbett, White, Davis and Ashton, P.A. & Douglas N. Yeargin, Esq., Chief Assistant City Attorney for the City of West Palm Beach
  • Chair’s Report: Robert L. Teitler

The Agenda – Spring 2017 - (View PDF)

  • PACE 2017 Update: Is There Finally a Clear Path to Success? by Erin L. Deady, AICP, Esq.
  • Of Constitutional Dimension – Four Proposals to the Constitution Revision Commission by Craig E. Leen
  • Chair’s Report: Jeannine S. Williams

The Agenda – Fall 2016 - (View PDF)

  • Non-Ad Valorem Assessments and Chronic Nuisance Abatement Cost Recovery by Keith Davis, Esq., Corbett, White, Davis and Ashton, P.A.
  • Subsidiarity Matters: The Primacy of Local Zoning in Intergovernmental Disputes by Craig E. Leen, City Attorney, City of Coral Gables
  • Chair’s Report: Jeannine S. Williams

The Agenda – Summer 2016 - (View PDF)

  • Florida Statutes Governing Police and Firefighter Pension Plans: A Historical Perspective by Jim Linn and Glenn E. Thomas, Lewis Longman & Walker
  • Changes to Regulations Governing Overtime Exemptions Are Coming! by Benjamin W. Bard, Esq., and Gregory A. Hearing, Esq., Thompson, Sizemore, Gonzalez & Hearing, P.A., Tampa, Florida
  • Chair’s Report: Jeannine S. Williams

The Agenda – Spring 2016 - (View PDF)

  • Legislating Local Liberties: Human Rights Ordinances Across Florida by Rosalia Contreras and Andrew P. Lannon, Esq., B.C.S.
  • Letter From the Editor Craig Leen, Coral Gables City Attorney, In Honor of Autism Awareness Month
  • Pocket Full of Sunshine (and Public Records Law) – An Update on Government in the Sunshine and the Public Records Act from January 1, 2015 – March 28, 2016 by Wendy L. Fisher, Esq., Junior Staff Attorney, City of Palm Bay
  • Real Estate, Local Governments, and the Rough Seas Ahead by Cullen Mahoney, University of Miami School of Law LLM in Real Property Development
  • Chair’s Report: Mark CS Moriarty

The Agenda – Fall 2015 - (View PDF)

  • The Sovereign’s Grace and Equitable Estoppel by Craig E. Leen, City Attorney, City of Coral Gables
  • The “No Contact” Rule is in Jeopardy in the Government Context by Miriam Soler Ramos and Marion J. Radson
  • Social Media and Ethics: The Odd Couple by Angela C. de Cespedes, Litigation Partner, Akerman LLP
  • Chair’s Report: Mark CS Moriarty

The Agenda – Spring 2015 - (View PDF)

  • Annual Ethics Training Now Required for Municipal Officers by Dana Lynne Crosby-Collier
  • Florida v. Georgia and the Management of Water Consumption by Ingrid P. Benson-Villegas
  • Sovereign Immunity Updates from The Florida Supreme Court: High court is quick to use its new appellate rule; two additional decisions forthcoming by Dan R. Hoffman
  • Are You a Lawyer or a Lobbyist? You May Be Both by Miriam S. Ramos, Esq.
  • Chair’s Report: Dana Lynne Crosby-Collier

The Agenda – Fall 2014 - (View PDF)

  • The Collateral Order Doctrine and Florida’s Official Immunity from Suit by Craig E. Leen, City Attorney, City of Coral Gables
  • Becoming a Florida Bar Board Certified Expert in City, County and Local Government Law by Cynthia Johnson-Stacks, Miami-Dade Assistant County Attorney; Vice-Chair, The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education; Former Member, City, County and Local Government Law Certification Committee
  • In Memoriam for Professor Emeritus James Jay “JJ” Brown by Vivien J. Monaco
  • The Eleventh Circuit’s Unique Procedure for Deciding Issues of Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies Under the Prisoner Litigation Reform Act by Marlon D. Moffett
  • Elections and the City: A review of unique elections issues often faced by municipalities, including candidate qualifications, residency requirements, canvassing boards, and campaign contributions. by Keith W. Davis, Esq.
  • The Ethical Issues Underlying Internal Investigations by Michael P. Spellman, Sniffen & Spellman, P.A.
  • Message from the Former Chair by Hans Ottinot
  • Chair’s Report: Dana Lynne Crosby-Collier

The Agenda – Winter 2010 - (View PDF)

  • New Focus on an Old Topic: Is That Worker an Independent Contractor or Employee…? by Glenn E. Thomas, Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A.
  • Waving the Red Flags: Local Government Obligations under the Red Flags Rule by Jeannine S. Williams
  • Chair’s Report: James L. Bennett

The Agenda – Fall 2009 - (View PDF)

  • Have Licensed Professionals Lost Contractual Caps On Liability? by Jeffrey Albinson Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics: Intern Experience – Summer 2009 by Robert Meyers, Executive Director and Victoria Frigo, Staff Attorney,
  • Miami-Date Commission on Ethics
  • Chair’s Report: James L. Bennett

The Agenda – July 2009 - (View PDF)

  • Senate Bill 360 Version 2.0: Growth Management for the 21st Century? by Susan L. Trevarthen and Chad S. Friedman
  • Chair’s Report: James L. Bennett

The Agenda – April 2009 - (View PDF)

  • Internet Reservations and the Tourist Development Tax by Rosemary Perfit
  • Chair’s Report: Grant W. Alley

The Agenda – January 2009 - (View PDF)

  • Update On Opinions Issued By the Commission On Ethics by Mary Helen Farris
  • A Call to Pre-Suit Mediation in These “Worst of Times” by Sandra C. Upchurch, Mediation Counsel, Upchurch Watson White & Max
  • Drafting Agreements for Local Governments by Hank Ennis, Managing Attorney, Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office

The Agenda – February 2008 - (View PDF)

  • Changing Ordinances Mid Stream – What Constitutes a Material or Substantial Change? by Beth Shankel-Anderson
  • Chair’s Report: Elizabeth Hernandez

The Agenda – September 2007 - (View PDF)

  • Community Land Trusts: Are We Witnessing the Future of Affordable Housing in Florida? by John K. Shamsey, Esq., John K. Shamsey, P.A., Consulting Attorney, Charlotte County, Florida

The Agenda – March 2007 - (View PDF)

  • Chair’s Report: Mary Helen Farris

The Agenda – September 2006 - (View PDF)

  • Hurricane Kelo Hits Florida by Mark Bentley, Esq., AICP, GrayRobinson, P.A., Tampa, Florida
  • Communication Disruption By Hurricanes– What Are Your Remedies As a Cable and Telephone Subscriber? By Diane P. Perez, law student
  • Chair’s Report: Mary Helen Campbell

The Agenda – September 2005 - (View PDF)

  • Lot Maintenance Liens as a Code Enforcement Tool by Randell H. Rowe, III
  • Taking Charge of Litigation by Joseph G. Jarret, Esquire
  • Chair’s Report: Kathryn Kaye Collie

The Agenda – April 2005 - (View PDF)

  • Oregon’s Measure 37: A New Property Rights Initiative in a Leading Comprehensive Planning State by Nancy E. Stroud, JD/AICP
  • Endorsement of Attorney-Client Privilege in Government Arena Sets 2nd Circuit Apart by Mark Hamblett, New York Law Journal, 02-24-2005
  • Chair’s Report: Craig H. Coller

The Agenda – August 2004 - (View PDF)

  • Are You Complying With the Rules of Professional Conduct?—You’ Sure?????? by Marion Radson & Elizabeth M. Hernandez
  • Development Exactions and Regulatory Takings – Are Monetary and Legislative Exactions Subject to Less Takings Clause Scrutiny than Real Property and Ad Hoc Exactions? by Nancy Stroud
  • “My Word is My Bond?” The implications of Rollison v. City of Key West on Citizen Inquires by Joseph G. Jarret, Esquire, Polk County Attorney
  • Chair’s Report: Craig H. Coller

The Agenda – November 2003 - (View PDF)

  • Negotiation and Implementation of School Interlocal Agreements: The South Florida Experience by Susan L. Trevarthen
  • Is There Light at the End of the Quasi-judicial Tunnel? by Edward G. Guedes
  • Chair’s Report: Kenneth W. Buchman

Publications

The Foreclosure of Local Special Assessment Liens by Catherine M. Carbonell and Rafael E. Suarez-Riva, 06/01/2021,

The Foreclosure of Local Special Assessment Liens: What, Where, Why, and How of the Civil Action and Enforcement Methods, by Catherine M. Carbonell and Rafael E. Suarez-Riva (Florida Bar Journal Vol. 95, No. 3, May/June 2021)

Firefighter Cancer Benefits by Glenn E. Thomas and Janice D. Rustin, 08/01/2020,

Firefighter Cancer Benefits: A Case for Prospective Application, by Glenn E. Thomas and Janice D. Rustin (Florida Bar Journal Vol. 94, No. 4 July/August 2020)

What Are the Constitutional Limitations on Prayers at Local Government Meetings by Marc Rohr, 05/01/2019,

What Are the Constitutional Limitations on Prayers at Local Government Meetings? by Marc Rohr (Florida Bar Journal Vol. 93, No. 3 May/June 2019)

Misled Interested Citizens and Florida’s Public Meeting Laws by Mark Moriarty, 02/01/2019,

Misled Interested Citizens and Florida’s Public Meeting Laws, by Mark Moriarty (Florida Bar Journal Vol. 93, No. 1 January/February 2019)