Tag: Civil Lawyer

The ‘ultimate nightmare scenario’ for this historic Miami church: A $7 million tax bill

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The First Presbyterian Church of Miami, the oldest organized congregation in the city, has been hit with a $7.1 million tax bill by the Miami-Dade Property Appraiser, which claims the church has violated its religious exemption status by leasing a portion of church grounds to a for-profit school and food trucks. The church, located at 609 Brickell Ave., has run a K-8 religious school on the property since 2008. The bill comprises a tax lien... [...]

accessory dwelling units: should they be legal to rent in Miami Beach?

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Could accessory dwelling units (ADUs) be making a comeback in Miami Beach? City Commissioner Ricky Arriola hopes so. He’s asked his colleagues to consider the idea as a means to help homeowners offset their expenses while creating more affordable living options for renters. According to the website Accessory Dwellings, “An accessory dwelling unit is a really simple and old idea: having a second small dwelling right on the same... [...]

Federal Appeals Court Questions If Felons’ Rights Fight Is Moot

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After Floridians passed a constitutional amendment in the Nov. 6 election, a federal appeals court is questioning whether it needs to rule in a high-profile case about how Gov. Rick Scott and the state Cabinet have handled requests to restore felons’ voting rights. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held a hearing in July in a long-running legal battle about whether the state’s rights-restoration process has violated the federal... [...]

Florida orders first statewide hand recounts ever, as legal fights continue

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An unprecedented statewide hand recount is now under way in the Sunshine State, further extending a muddled, high stakes battle over every last vote in Florida’s crucial U.S. Senate race. But, barring a legal challenge, the race for governor is over. Following a five-day machine recount of the more than 8.3 million votes cast in the Nov. 6 election, Secretary of State Ken Detzner ordered hand recounts Thursday afternoon in the U.S. Senate... [...]

UK demonstrators press Uber ahead of key legal fight

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Hundreds of people who work in the so-called "gig economy" have gathered to protest outside Britain's Royal Courts of Justice as Uber appealed earlier legal rulings that have broad implications for its business model. The demonstrators argue San Francisco-based Uber should honor decisions that ruled that the two drivers in the case were "workers" under British law and therefore eligible for minimum wage and paid holidays. Uber has argued... [...]