Extreme Brownfield Makeovers: Florida’s Next Luxury Properties?

More and more cities can point to dramatic redevelopment success stories. You don’t have to look far to find accounts of old textile mills, urban warehouses, or abandoned heavy-industrial sites that have been transformed from rusty relics into popular, trendy loft apartments and retail spaces. Florida has many such properties just waiting to be turned… Read More...

What we gain from a storm

It’s amazing to consider that today (Sept 10) marks the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Irma’s landfall. Any of you who experienced IRMA remember the devastation vividly. Irma plowed into the Keys as a Category 4 hurricane (at that time, the first to hit our state in more than a decade). Then it churned up into… Read More...

The one place even conservative banks sometimes gamble dangerously.

In 1990, a major Florida bank was held liable for environmental issues discovered on a property they had financed—and for years to follow, the threat of lender liability hung over commercial real estate transactions throughout the state. Finally, in 1996, the legislature passed the Asset Conservation Act, which protected lenders from environmental liability with a… Read More...