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Greenwire -- Thursday, March 22, 2007

EVERGLADES: Fla. seals $9.5M deal for last parcel of land for restoration project

A Florida judge this week approved the $9.5 million sale of the last parcel of West Broward wetlands needed for the state's $365 million Everglades restoration project.


Judge Patti Englander Henning of the Florida 4th District Court of Appeal ordered the South Florida Water Management District to pay the $9.5 million to 21 owners of the land and an additional $2.1 million for interest and owner fees, bringing the total sale value to $11.6 million.


The water district forced the sale of the 45 acres of land in 2004 through the invocation of eminent domain rights. The district appraised the property at $4.8 million, then the appraisal increased to $8.3 million, property owner attorney Jeff Cynamon said. But the land owners valued the property at $10.15 million (Natalie P. McNeal, Miami Herald, March 22).

The parcel will eventually be flooded to help restore the natural flow of the Everglades.


The settlement deal may be the highest per-acre price paid by the water district for vacant land set to become part of a reservoir. The area will hold polluted storm water that is now being pumped directly into the Everglades.

So far, the district has invested $147 million in land acquisition and project design for the project, water district Project Manager Mike Hind said (Susannah Bryan, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, March 21). -- RJD


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Appointed Co-ChairReal Property Committee of the Dade County Bar Association2015
Appointed Co-ChairReal Property Committee of the Dade County Bar Association2014
Elected to Board of DirectorsDade County Bar Association2013
Appointed Co-ChairReal Property Committee of the Dade County Bar Association2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Eminent Domain and Private Property Rights AttorneyLaw Offices of Jeff P. Cynamon, P.A.1999 - Present
Senior Attorney Eminent Domain DivisionState of Florida Department of Transportation1998 - 1999
AttorneyKubicki Draper Eminent Domain Division Representing Broward County and Dade County School Board1995 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Florida Bar Judicial Evaluation and Administration CommitteeMember2015 - Present
Real Property Committee of the Dade County Bar AssociationCo-Chair2013 - Present
Dade County Bar AssociationMember Board of Directors2013 - Present
Cuban American Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Dade County Bar AssociationReal Property Committee2007 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember - State and Local Government Law Section1996 - 1997
The Federal Bar for the Southern District of FloridaMember1996 - Present
The Florida BarEminent Domain Committee1995 - Present
Dade Public Education FundGrant reader1989 - 1992
Coalition for a Drug-Feee CommunityMember, Judicial, Law Enforcement and Corrections Task Force1989 - 1989
Leadership MiamiMember - Class of 19881988 - 1988
South Florida Builders' AssociationMember, Handicap Accessibility Code Legislative Subcommittees.1988 - 1989
South Florida Builders' AssociationMember - Fire Life Safety Code Legislative Subcommittee.1988 - 1989
South Florida Builders' AssociationMember - Burglary Prevention Code Legislative Subcommittee.1988 - 1989
Construction Specifications InstituteMember, Industry Director; Member, Technical Committee1984 - 1992
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
South Florida Water Management District v. Norman Superstein, as TristeeSettled just prior to trial for the most the South Florida Water Management District had ever paid for vacant land.
State of Florida Department of Transportation v. Daren Rubenfeld, as Trustee, and Southern Management I, Inc.12 person jury verdict in less than 40 minutes.
Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency v. Jesus House of Faith, Inc.Jury awarded more than three times amount offered
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Door and Hardware InstituteAmericans with Disabilities Act Update; Contradictions Regarding Private Schools and Places of Worship.1996
Door and Hardware InstituteThe dilemma of high-rise hotels. (Americans with Disabilities Act Architectural Guidelines)1996
Door and Hardware InstituteAmericans with Disabilities Act Update; The Dilemma of Public Accommodations.1996
Door and Hardware InstituteAmericans with Disabilities Act Update; The Dilemma of High-Rise Employment.1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St. Thomas University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
University of FloridaEngineeringBSIE1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Florida Bar Eminent Domain Committee MeetingWhen are Attorney's Fees Related to an Eminent Domain Proceeding, When are they not Related, and When are they the Law of the Case? (Ryan v. City of Boynton Beach)2015
Dade County Bar Association, County Courts CommitteeNew Landlord - Tenant Statute2014
Dade County Bar AssociationGetting and Effectively Trying Foreclosure Cases2013