If My Condo Association Hasn’t Kept the Grounds Maintained, Can I Sue?

You love your condo. It is a place of comfort and refuge. One of the great things about living in a condominium is the many services that are provided to you. If you are part of an association of condo …

As property insurance costs skyrocket, lawmakers will consider these ideas to keep coverage affordable

Article Courtesy of The Sun Sentinel By Ron Hurtibise Published November 17, 2020 As Florida homeowners recover from shocking cost increases for their next year of insurance coverage, pressure is mounting on state lawmakers to step in and stem the bleeding.     Property …

Taxed To the Hilt, More Homebuyers Are Migrating to Florida

Article Courtesy of The Herald-Tribune By The Associated Press    Published July 3, 2019 FORT LAUDERDALE — Fed up with the high taxes and regulation back home in New York, retired officer Thomas Maloney and his wife, real estate agent Theresa …

Announcement: Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Condominium & Planned Development Law

Posted by Bakalar & Associates, PA 7/10/19 The Law Offices of Bakalar & Associates, PA is pleased to announce that as of June 1, 2018 attorneys Susan P. Bakalar and Leonard Wilder have received their certification in Condominium & Planned …

After six years of stalemate, property insurance reform heads to Governor

Article Courtesy of The Sun Sentinel By Ron Hurtibise Published April 28, 2019 A bill aimed at stemming costly lawsuits between repair contractors and property insurers has finally passed both the Florida House and Senate after six years of stalemate and …

Proposal to eliminate condo arbitration program moving through Legislature

Article Courtesy of The Tallahassee Democrat By Jeffrey Schweers Published April 11, 2019 A proposal (SB 1362) moving through the Legislature would eliminate an inexpensive statewide condo mediation program in favor of dramatically more costly private mediation and court jurisdiction …

Local governments should regulate short-term rental property

Article Courtesy of The Orlando Sentinel By Ernie Bach Published March 1, 2019 As the Florida Legislature reviews numerous legislative proposals this session, a key issue impacting Florida’s neighborhoods and homeowners will be proposed legislation to pre-empt the ability of …

Florida is drowning. Condos are still being built. Can’t humans see the writing on the wall?

People tend to respond to immediate threats and financial consequences – and Florida’s coastal real estate may be on the cusp of delivering that harsh wake-up call Published by The Guardian.com by Megan Mayhew Bergman Fri 15 Feb 2019 06.00 EST …

Private Beaches In Florida Spark Battle With Residents And County [9-13-18]

Article Courtesy of NPR By Greg Allen Published September 13, 2018 Santa Rosa Beach, in Florida’s Walton County, is a quiet place with sugar-white sand, a pleasant surf and signs warning visitors to stay out. The largely rural county on …

Children and Athletes at Play on Toxic Turf and Playgrounds

By: Nyedra W. Booker, PharmD, MPH and Stephanie Fox-Rawlings, PhD Reprinted by Permission of: Cancer Treatment and Prevention Fund 1001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20036 www.StopCancerFund.org Is your child playing on rubber instead of grass at the …