Government & Public Policy
We represent businesses and individuals in legislative and administrative matters before local, state, and federal governments, using a variety of techniques, including administrative actions, lobbying, litigation, and building community consensus.
Offshore Oil Drilling.The firm headed the lobbying effort to repeal Florida's ban on offshore drilling, assembling a team of the state's top lobbyists and consultants. We met with governmental officials all over the state, including the governor, cabinet, legislators, and city and county commissioners. We made presentations to editorial boards and debated before citizen groups all around the state. The bill passed the Florida House overwhelmingly, and likely would have passed the Senate if it had come up for a vote.
Ocean Center Expansion. We represented the architect, builder, and the construction advisor in the County's $70 million expansion of the Ocean Center.
Boardwalk Redevelopment: We helped build a community consensus in favor of redevelopment. On behalf of the city, we worked with the county to extend the Boardwalk and to maintain city authority over its community redevelopment areas. We were part of a team that raised more than 8.5 million dollars for the redevelopment from the county, state, and federal governments.
Beach Issues: When the beach concessionaires were in danger of losing their right to be on the beach, they hired us to represent them. We revamped their image, changed their appearance, and built public support resulting in a favorable 10-year contact. When the timeshare developers were in danger of losing their right to solicit on the beach, we worked out reasonable restrictions with the county and preserving their business and an important part of the county's tax base.
Justice Center: We supported the building of a Justice Center in DeLand, representing the architect, contractor, and owner's representative selected by the county and helping negotiate their contracts.
Business Regulation: We represented two multimillion-dollar companies facing catastrophic Federal Trade Commission and Florida Attorney General enforcement actions. We also represent clients who have disputes with the Florida Department of Revenue.
Contracts: We represented a county manager and a county school superintendent in negotiating their contacts with their respective elected bodies. We represented the Advanced Technology Center's Board of Directors in negotiating the school's contracts with Daytona Beach Community College and the Volusia and Flagler County school systems.
Duke Power: We represented the major Florida electric utilities in preventing Duke Power from building a merchant power plant in New Smyrna Beach. The merchant plant, the type that led to California's power woes, would have been a significant source of new pollution and a significant user of the area's scarce water.
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