Among COVID-19 Relief Package 2.0 were numerous provisions that directly and indirectly provided much needed relief for the construction industry. As President Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan is pending final approval, the industry remains hopeful for further relief and provisions addressing the...Read More

Despite the serious health and ecological dangers posed, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been used for decades in the production and composition of many products used daily throughout Florida and across the country. The construction sector is just one among a broad range of other industries that utilizes...Read More

With the introduction of new technologies to the construction industry, businesses should carefully consider how the utilization of such new and powerful tools can affect exposure to future litigation. Read More

Now facing the final stretch of hurricane season and a looming threat from Tropical Storm Zeta, Florida construction businesses should remain vigilant in their storm preparations with protocols ready to implement in the event of a hurricane.Read More

Amid the unprecedented conditions that businesses have been forced to operate under, real estate and construction professionals in particular may be struggling to navigate pandemic related legal challenges in their markets. From executive orders issued at state and local levels, to exceptional circumstances applied to...Read More

Earlier this year, the policymakers of Florida’s 2020 Legislative session tackled roughly 3,500 filed bills, passing roughly 200 and approving a $93.2 billion budget. Several pieces of this year’s legislative changes will substantially affect the construction industry.Read More

On June 26, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis signed fifteen bills into law, including HB 441, a revision to the allowable maximum dollar amount for continuing contracts for construction projects. Increasing the dollar cap from $2 million to $4 million, the legislation revises the maximum dollar amount that a public entity can...Read More

In order to further protect the interests of your business, and most importantly, the health and safety of customers and employees, businesses should consider a number of preventative measures as a risk-mitigation strategy.Read More

When Florida’s governor issued his stay at home order, it contained a carve out designating construction as an essential service. Since the order’s debut, many have embraced the construction carve out as allowing any and all construction. Alas, the devil may be in the details, more specifically, the building department...Read More

The coronavirus pandemic is creating both opportunities and risks for Florida’s contractors. For example, on April 1, 2020 the Florida Department of Transportation announced that it will take advantage of nearly empty roads by accelerating work construction projects that have a combined value of nearly $2.1 billion...Read More

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