Thursday, October 22, 2015
Change is coming to downtown Tampa’s Channelside District, and locals were provided a glimpse of what they can expect from the area in the next few years. Once completed, the massive land development project is expected to significantly enhance the community’s entertainment and business scenes.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
The Florida Chapter of the America Planning Association (APA) welcomes Mark Bentley, P.A. land use and eminent domain attorneys as a Sun Coast Section Annual Sponsor. The APA provides professional development, networking, and other opportunities for its members. The operations are divided into Sections. The association states that the Annual Sponsors are the highest level of support for their respective section’s activities. APA selects sponsors who will be able to provide this support.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
As a landowner, the decision to sell your property is an important one. Unfortunately, the choice of when, to whom, and by how much to sell your property is not always your choice. One possible reason behind this is the eminent domain law. Under this law, the city or state possesses the right to acquire private property for the sake of public use. Through this law, private lands and homes can be forcibly bought and demolished in order to build public infrastructure like a school, a new city office, or a hospital. It is important to remember that if the government’s claim to the property is deemed justified, private property owners will have no choice but to give up their ownership. In return, they will be paid a certain “just compensation” amount by the government, usually based on the property’s fair market value. While this may sound equitable, there are many circumstances that could lead to a misunderstanding between the state and affected landowners.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Property owners supposedly in the path of any public construction projects may be asked by the local government to make way for the development. The government can do this because of the eminent domain laws. In many cases, the proceedings provide compensation to the displaced resident. However, issues arise when the question of whether the compensation offered was adequate. An eminent domain attorney like Mark Bentley with Mark Bentley, P.A., can get down to the bottom of the problem in cases like these. According to the Florida Statutes, eminent domain cannot be initiated unless the work is for a project designed to address right-of-way, such as a new expressway, access ramp, or street extension. From here, calculations can be made on the type of damages.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Having a house and a livelihood are two good things nobody should do without. When the state government, however, has other plans for the land your house is built on, posing a threat to your long-term abode, things could get a bit messy. With the government waving eminent domain as its privilege, residents who are at risk of being evicted require ample legal representation to present their case. Evan Axelbank of FOX13 in Tampa Bay said as much regarding a highway expansion project in the heart of Citrus County. The Florida Panhandle is already a hubbub of transportation for the entire southeastern U.S. It already got around three interstates heading west all the way to the stateline with Alabama, and at least two crisscrossing the center of Florida. When your course is to seek just compensation from the localities at a time of potential displacement, enlisting the help of eminent domain attorneys, such as Mark Bentley, PA, will be an important move.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Tampa eminent domain lawyer Mark Bentley, P.A. is proud to announce that his firm’s website, www.MarkBentleyPA.com, has recently been revamped to further improve its service quality. The website now features a mobile responsive design and filled with more information about the firm’s comprehensive range of service offerings, along with links to pertinent legal references. A mobile responsive design ensures that a website retains its sleek graphics and navigational qualities no matter the type of gadget used, including desktop computers, smartphones, and tablets. Clients and other individuals who wish to acquire legal information through Mark Bentley’s website can now navigate it smoothly using their mobile devices without being inconvenienced by poor loading times and distortions to the images and text.
Monday, August 3, 2015
Imagine you’re operating your Tampa Bay business like any other day when you receive a Notification of Need for Property & Rights from a condemning authority. What does it mean? Basically, the document says the local government intends to acquire your property. If this should happen to you, you are involved in an eminent domain case. Investopedia defines it as the power of the government to obtain an individual’s property at will. The acquired land will be put to a public use, roads, schools, or other facilities. If the property in question is yours, you will be compensated at fair market value.