Cobb Cole Donates to CLSMF to Help the Neediest of the Central Florida Community Attain Access to Justice
Top ranked Central Florida law firm Cobb Cole joined the Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida’s (CLSMF) Sustaining Law Firm campaign by donating $5,950 to support their work to provide legal aid in Central Florida. The donation is the largest Sustaining Law Firm contribution received by a regional firm through this campaign to date. The funds will help extend the reach of CLSMF to provide services to residents who are battling domestic violence, fighting for a proper education for their disabled children, attempting to save their homes from foreclosure or simply trying to keep food on their tables.
Cobb Cole has been providing civil legal services since 1925. With offices in Daytona Beach and Deland, the firm provides services in employment, business law, real estate, tax, land development and more.
The firm has a long history of supporting Central Florida’s communities. Harold Hubka, a partner at Cobb Cole, currently serves on the Board of Directors of CLSMF.
It takes considerable resources to deliver legal aid services the residents of Central Florida each year. Since the need is great and resources are limited, CLSMF relies on the financial support of local businesses and law firms.
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Cobb Cole In the News at the UCF Business Incubator's IP Symposium
Cobb Cole Partner Heather Vargas spoke at the IP Symposium for the UCF Business Incubator Friday, June 5th at the UCF Business Incubator in Daytona Beach. The presentation discussed intellectual property and provided insights on patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.
Opening in the summer of 2011, the UCF Business Incubator at the Daytona Beach International Airport partners with Volusia County businesses in creating and sustaining jobs as well as developing economic growth in the region. For more information, please visit https://incubator.ucf.edu/.
Summary of the 2015 Florida Legislative Session
By: Chelsea Anderson, esq., Cobb Cole
As you may know, the 2015 Florida Legislative Session ended prematurely when the Florida House adjourned early after the two chambers failed to agree on a budget in a stalemate over health care spending. The legislature adopted a proclamation setting the agenda for the Special Session scheduled for June 1st through June 20th, 2015. Although the abrupt end of the 2015 Legislative Session left several bills in limbo, a number of bills managed to pass. Below is an overview of the bills that passed during the regular session that may be of interest to VCARD members, as well as the bills on the agenda for the Special Session.
Bills that Passed
CS/CS/SB 1216 Community Development
This bill addresses a wide range of community development and growth management topics including revising the sector planning process, creating a Connected Corridor Pilot program in Pasco County, revising Regional Planning Councils(including the elimination of the Withlacoochie RPC) , and eliminating Development of Regional Impact (DRI) review for new developments in favor of the state coordinated review process. The bill passed both chambers and was signed by the Governor.
CS/CS/CS/SB 1094 Peril of Flood
This bill strengthens the redevelopment component of the coastal management elements to include policies, strategies and engineering solutions to reduce flood risks in coastal areas including the impacts of sea level rise. The bill passed both chambers and awaits action by the Governor.
CS/SB 1312 Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP)
This bill, known as the anti-SLAPP suit bill, prohibits the filing of SLAPP suits and defines free speech with regard to public issues. The bill was passed by both chambers and awaits action by the Governor.
CS/CS/CS/HB 383 Private Property Rights
This bill amends the Bert J. Harris, Jr., Private Property Rights Protection Act in response to the U.S. Supreme Court holding in Koontz vs. St. Johns River Water Management District, 133 S.Ct. 2586 (2013), to create a way for property owners to bring an action against a governmental entity to recover damages caused by a prohibited exaction. This bill passed both chambers and awaits action by the Governor.
The following bills related to Amendment 1 funding will be considered by the legislature during the June Special Session:
SB 576 Land Acquisition Trust Fund/Agency for Persons with Disabilities; SB 578/ HB 1295 Land Acquisition Trust Fund/Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; SB 580 / HB 1293 Land Acquisition Trust Fund/Department of State; SB 582 Land Acquisition Trust Fund/Department of Transportation; CS/SB 584 / HB 1291 Implementation of the Water and Land Conservation Constitutional Amendment
These bills relate to trust funds established to distribute state funds and will be addressed when the legislature meets to adopt a budget during the Special Session.
We will continue to monitor the legislative budget with VCARD members in mind as the Special Session progresses.