April 17, 2017
- A Florida judge just awarded two million to the local government in a fraud scheme with Florida developers and contractors. Lloyd Boggio plead guilty to fraud charges for his role in a scheme to inflate the prices of affordable homes. Lloyd and five others conspired to keep the additional funds collected through their inflated prices.
- An island owner off the coast of Florida argued a taking by the state of Florida; however, the Florida Supreme Court refused to hear the case on appeal. The owner argues the state’s “increasingly restrictive development regulations” constitutes a taking of the land without just compensation. Furthermore, the plaintiff asserts the “city points” given by the government are not compensation for the land.
- The city of Miami is not thrilled with the use of Airbnbs. On March 23, 2017, residents of Miami held a community board meeting to discuss the implications of the use of Airbnbs. The meeting resulted in 3-2 vote in favor of enforcing Miami Mayor, Tomas Regalado, zoning and vacation rental ordinances. Tomas’ ordinances may lead to fines and violations by the Miami residents choosing to rent their homes out to Miami tourists.