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Bill That Could Hurt Cities For Changing Their Zoning Moves Through Florida Legislature

Florida’s Bert Harris Act, passed in 1995, allows property owners to seek compensation if a municipality changes its zoning or land use regulations and the land loses resale value.

A bill that would tweak that law, improving the process for property owners, is now making its way through the state legislature. Critics say it could be a disaster for local governments and taxpayers, exposing them to massive financial liability and hampering their ability to adjust how properties may be used.

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