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As a Floridian whose bloodlines go back seven generations, I constantly have to pinch myself for being born with the opportunity to live in paradise. As the state grows, us natives need to be reminded of this fact.

To people outside Florida, our major exports appear to be citrus, sunburns and a talking rodent. In recent years our primary export is news — mostly those strange stories that set the world’s tongues wagging. When a major story makes headlines, the rest of America says, “Wow!” or “What the?” But we Floridians ask, “Where’s the Florida connection?” Because we know there must be one. Weird things happen everywhere, but they seem to happen more often in Florida, and they tend to be weirder. With that, I’m sensing a national sentiment that Florida is not a great place to be. If that is the case, I can assure you it wasn’t always this way and I will never feel that way.

The Florida I grew up in and know was a simpler place. It was a place where kids learned to swim before they could walk. Our first steps were the stingray shuffle. Each day’s sunset was like a turning of a page. A fiery sunset was a symbolic portal which allowed us to put the troubles of the day behind us and move on, perhaps even get some rest. We rested a lot, because you tend to have a more restful mindset when you are constantly in flip flops.

In the winter, I remember annually breaking out my winter coat- which was a hooded Florida Gator sweatshirt. Somehow I still found a way to maintain my tan. For big events, I’d have to wear my “nice shorts” as opposed to my “regular shorts.” The only blizzard I ever knew was a tasty treat from Dairy Queen. If there was a Masters for mini-golf, I’m pretty sure I would have had a green jacket. I spent very little time on carousel and a lot of time on roller coasters. I’ve been bitten by every bug you can possibly imagine and never flinched at a hurricane warning. Floridians are in or on the water all year long. I can’t tell you how many collective hours/days/weeks I spent as a boy mesmerized by the concept of coquinas digging their way back into the sand after being washed to shore in the surf. I had a leviathan of items gifted to me by the tides, and most of our family heirlooms consisted of sea shells of some sort, with our most expensive set of jewels being sharks tooth necklaces. Florida is a place where families come together and our true wealth is happiness.

As Floridians, we need to always remember that we live in a place where people save their entire lifetime to move to. Think about that for a second. Florida represents a dream to many people. A place they long for and have to settle for a resolute “someday” sigh when fantasizing about. Someday. Whether it is a retirement or vacation destination, people make sacrifices to come here and experience things that we take for granted every single day. A bad day in Florida is still better than a good day anywhere else. You don’t have to shovel sunshine. You only need to stand near the ocean to feel the power of the universe and a closeness to the process from which it was created. I’ve spent a lot of time shaking sand from my shoes, but I’ll never shake it from my soul. As we head into the summer, all of us who live in Florida need to take a breath of grateful air. Even though we’ve never seen this day before, it’s just another day in paradise.  

Very Truly Yours,
Registration Now Open for J&C's
2018 Construction Law 101 Seminar
For those in the construction industry who need a refresher on construction law and are in need of CE credits, we’ve got the perfect solution.
J&C is offering a specialized course designed for contractors of all types that will cover the construction licensing process, construction liens/bond law, construction defects as well as detailed provisions in construction contracts.
This free, informative course provides participants with 4 CE credits (1 hour Laws & Rules, 1 hour Business Practice, and 2 hours General).
A networking happy hour and meet & greet with the presenters will follow the program. Please sign up now as space is limited! 
Need Condo Board Certification? Visit J&C at the CAI Educational Day & Expo
We are thrilled to be participating in the Northeast Florida Chapter Community Association Institute Educational Day and Expo on Thursday, May 31st at the World Golf Village. Please stop by our booth between 10:30am - 4pm and say hello to Christopher M. Cobb and members the J&C family.

Then join us at 2pm for a lively and informative condo board certification session taught by industry expert Hans C. Wahl. Get the tools and information you need to come away with a clear blueprint for improved management for the future.
J&C Legal Blogs
Are you keeping up with the latest information in business and law? J&C publishes weekly blog posts covering topics from construction law, business litigation, eminent domain law, community associations law and everything in between. Click here to subscribe today and stay up-to-date on the latest legal news from these areas:

Construction Industry Law Blog
Work a General Contractor Can Self-Perform in Florida

An active Certified General Contractor is permitted to enter into contracts to build anything in Florida. The general policy in this state is that construction work must be performed by an appropriate licensed contractor unless exempt from licensure under 489.103, Florida Statutes. While CGC’s may contract for the work, whether they are permitted to self-perform the work is another intricately detailed analysis.

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H eads Up Contractors - "Living Wage" Ordinances Recently Enacted by Some Florida Municipalities

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Public Construction Projects in Florida: Bond Claims and Bond Requirements

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Business Litigation Blog
Coming to Terms: Important Issues and Considerations in Drafting M&A Agreements

Last month, Kayla posted a brief overview blog regarding the drafting and negotiating of the purchase and sale agreement in an M&A deal. This latest series will cover three of the most important sections of the purchase and sale agreement: 

 Part 1: Economics

Part 3: Indemnification
Community Association Law Blog
2018 Legislative Changes

On March 23, 2018, Governor Rick Scott signed into law the 2018 legislative changes to the Florida Homeowners’ Association Act, the Florida Condominium Act, and the Florida Cooperative Act. These changes become law on July 1, 2018. The following blogs provide a detailed summary of these statutory amendments.

Firm News
Kayla Haines and the JWLA Golf Academy grads
take home the hardware!
For the first time the Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association participated in the annual Jacksonville Bar Association Member Golf Tournament.When the association decided to make its debut at the event, team members spent four weekends taking private group lessons at Blue Sky Golf Club.

The practice paid off. When the scorecards were tallied, the group’s two foursomes accepted the trophies for first place in the women’s division.

First place gross score, 80 strokes, was carded by the team of Kayla Haines, Francine Palmeri, Lynne Rhode and Cyndy Trimmer. Great job ladies!
Administrative Professionals Week - A Big Thank You!
At J&C we celebrated Administrative Professionals Week because we know we’d be lost without our own dedicated support staff. Our administrative professionals are vital members of the J&C family and help keep everything running smoothly, so we wanted to give them a great big thank you!
It’s easy for us to see why our administrative professionals are so valued, and we agreed that one day just isn’t enough time to celebrate these professionals, so we treated our staff to a surprise every day of the week to express our gratitude. Because "thank you" was simply not enough.
On Monday we decided to fuel up for the week ahead with Cinnaholic treats and flowers that they could enjoy all week. Happiness is shared through flowers and sweets!
On Tuesday we honored our staff with a champagne toast complimented by a variety of cheeses and fresh berries. As our team knows all too well, a great day is one that starts with a smile and ends with champagne.
Wednesday the firm catered and procured foods from all of our staff’s favorite places and put it all together in a tasty lunch for the team. After all, our favorite exercise around here is a cross between a lunch and a crunch. We call it lunch. At lunch we presented each staff member with a plaque that contained a positive anecdote from each attorney in our firm, reflecting on a way in which that staff member was helpful in fulfilling the mention or expressing sincere gratitude for meaningful contributions. Good vibes all the way around the lunch table. Our staff will now have a plaque at their desks to look at to remind them how much they are appreciated on those days when stress creeps in.
Thursday is a good day to make plans for the weekend, so we thought it would be nice to make the decision a little easier by providing everyone with movie tickets and popcorn so they can enjoy those summer blockbusters. Get busy living or get busy dying!
Friday revealed the light at the end of the tunnel- more commonly known as the weekend - so we encouraged them to relax and recharge by going home early with a basket of goodies of all their favorite things- Oprah style.
The week was our opportunity to express how grateful we are to have such an incredibly dedicated staff who always put forth their best efforts for the firm. THANK YOU for all you do! 
J&C welcomes it's Summer Associates
J&C is proud to welcome our Summer Associates, Evan Reid and John Rutledge. Each summer we welcome an energetic, motivated pair of law students who want to earn valuable work experience at a full service business law firm. They will be exposed to every aspect of the firm's practice and its attorneys through our multi-faceted training program predicated on academic study, direct legal mentorship and case immersion.
Evan Reid is a rising third-year student at Wake Forest University School of Law and is pursuing a career in complex commercial litigation and real estate law. He is an Executive Editor on Law Review and a volunteer with several pro bono projects. Originally from Orlando, Evan received his B.S. with a concentration in finance and a minor in French from the University of Central Florida. 
John Rutledge is a rising third-year student at the University of Florida Levin College of Law and is pursuing a career in commercial litigation. He is Chair for Intermural Competitions for the Moot Court Team and a member of the Articles Committee for the Journal of Technology Law and Policy . Originally from Pompano Beach, he enjoys Florida State football, being disappointed with the Miami Dolphins and long walks on the beach.

As many of you know, J&C likes to celebrate unusual holidays. We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate National Shrimp Day (yes, it's a real thing) than with a Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Baseball Game. J&C employees and our new summer associates enjoyed peanuts and Cracker Jacks at what has now become an annual tradition for the firm.
Take me out to the ballgame

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