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Mr. Biff Craine

Executive Director

Florida Democratic Party

Florida Democratic Party

Background Information

Employment History

District Counsel
Bricklemyer Smolker & Bolves P.A

District Counsel Representative
Bricklemyer Smolker & Bolves P.A

Lawyer
Bricklemyer Smolker & Bolves P.A

Political Affairs Coordinator
Florida Association of Realtors

Principle and Political Consultant
Greg Farmer and Associates

Web References (5 Total References)


Bricklemyer Smolker & Bolves, P.A. :: Property, Title, Environmental, Land Use, Eminent Domain, Ad Valorem, Law

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Biff Craine Bricklemyer Smolker & Bolves, P.A. :: Property, Title, Environmental, Land Use, Eminent Domain, Ad Valorem, Law

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Biff Craine
Email: BiffC@bsbfirm.com
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Mr. Craine focuses on land use and environmental law and related administrative law practice serving clients in both the private and public sectors. His land use practice includes comprehensive plan amendments, developments of regional impact, substantial deviation reviews, binding letters of agreement, development agreements, formation of community development districts, eminent domain and administrative appeals before the Department of Administrative Hearings and the Florida Land and Water Adjudicatory Commission. Mr. Craine has been chosen as an arbitrator in complex land use disputes. His public sector representation includes assisting local government in the preparation of comprehensive plans, bond finance and general representation of special purpose local governments, and representation of condemning authorities in eminent domain matters. His environmental practice includes work on environmental permitting and compliance representing clients before governmental agencies including Federal Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, water management districts, and various local government environmental regulatory agencies, in addition to representation of major financial institutions and private companies with regard to environmental aspects of transactions and regulatory compliance.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Craine worked in Tallahassee as Executive Director of the Florida Democratic Party; Political Affairs Coordinator for the Florida Association of Realtors; and as a Principle and Political Consultant with Greg Farmer and Associates.


Bricklemyer Smolker & Bolves, P.A. :: Property, Title, Environmental, Land Use, Eminent Domain, Ad Valorem, Law

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Biff Craine


Biff Craine: District ...

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Biff Craine: District Counsel, Bricklemyer, Smolker & Bolves

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Mr. Craine is currently researching the permissibility of installing a gate and leaving it open from dawn to dusk, as there are no public facilities available after these hours.
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Mr. Craine stated that any resident should be able to serve as a witness to the event and the Board members would then be asked execute the order.
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A. District Counsel: Mr. Craine stated that he will check on the legality of gating the community and will report his findings at the next meeting.
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Biff Craine: District Counsel, Bricklemyer, Smolker & Bolves
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Mr. Craine stated that District Staff will contact Stewart and Associates and inform them in writing of the final amount (if any) that will be paid.
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Mr. Craine explained the following issues.The meeting minutes are required to be transcribed promptly.The draft meeting minutes documents are subject to public record and are available to the public at a reasonable cost.There is no requirement that the minutes be transcribed verbatim; they are a summary of the actions taken by the Board.The tapes may be copied for use by the public; however, Mr. Craine cautioned against releasing the original to a third party to have copied.
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Mr. Craine further commented that there is no authority stating when an agenda needs to be available prior to a meeting.It is public record and can be copied by the public for a reasonable cost.He reminded the Board of the stipulations and importance of abiding by the Sunshine Law.
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Mr. Craine stated three minutes is what most government boards allow, but the Board can extend the length of time.
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Biff Craine: District Counsel, Bricklemyer, Smolker & Bolves
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Biff Craine: District Counsel, Bricklemyer, Smolker & Bolves
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Mr. Craine stated that the vendor would be required to maintain liability insurance.
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Mr. Craine stated that there is always a certain amount of liability assumed by the District because the facilities belong to the District; however, it would be minimal.He also stated that the amount of necessary coverage should be directly reflective of the level of hazard associated with the particular activity program.
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Mr. Craine stated that, because it would be an amenity being provided for residents, the insurances would already be in effect under the District's policy.A brief discussion ensued.
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Biff Craine: District Counsel Representative, Bricklemyer, Smolker & Bolves
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Mr. Dowd wanted Mr. Craine to address the possibility of withholding any payments above and beyond the basic landscape contract.
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Mr. Craine stated that he would need to review the landscape contract before making a recommendation.
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Mr. Craine suggested that this meeting be continued until another date so that this may be accomplished.
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Mr. Craine stated that the final authority regarding the usage of facilities lies with the Board.
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Mr. Craine stated that, for the District to be held liable, they would have to be found liable due to negligence.
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Mr. Little would like Mr. Craine to address this issue.
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Mr. Craine stated that this is not authorized without a proper permit.
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Mr. Craine suggested that the District Engineer respond to this issue.
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Mr. Craine stated that this is really an engineering issue and should be addressed by the District Engineer.
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Mr. Craine stated that, for residents to actually place pipes in the ground to channel water, they had to pass through District property, which would necessitate a conveyance or easement grant.Because of this, trespassing could be charged for individuals using this method of irrigation.
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Mr. Craine stated that he would need a motion to change the adjournment motion to a continuance.
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Mr. Craine stated that the final decision by a responding officer


5. Expressed the intent and requested ...

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5. Expressed the intent and requested that Biff Craine write Rizzetta & Company, Inc. a letter advising Rizzetta & Company, Inc. of the board's actions.

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Mr. Candia also read the written resignation from Biff Craine, District Counsel, into the record.
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Mr. Craine stated that he is also submitting the resignation of his firm from representing the District.He reviewed the reasons for doing so, citing an inability to attend evening meetings based on other commitments and also personal obligations scheduled for the same meeting time and dates.He stated that he will provide a letter of recommendation for another reputable firm to provide representation.Mr. Craine stated that he will remain available through the budget cycle and while the District searches for another firm.


FOX13 Tampa Bay

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Biff Craine, Attorney

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