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T. Spencer  Crowley III
T. Spencer  Crowley III
Partner 
One Southeast Third Avenue
25th Floor
Miami, FL 33131
 
Tel:
305.982.5549
Fax:
305.374.5095
 
 

Spencer Crowley's practice focuses on large scale land use and environmental permitting matters, including zoning, growth management, urban development, transportation, sovereignty submerged lands, coastal regulation, marina permitting, wetlands, and water resources. He has worked with the Governor's Commission for a Sustainable South Florida, the South Florida Water Management District, and Duke University's Wetlands Center in the Florida Everglades. He has assisted clients in the land use permitting of major projects such as the Babcock Ranch, Midtown Miami, Village at Gulfstream Park, Miami World Center and Brickell CityCentre. In addition to his private practice, Spencer has served on several waterfront boards. In 2008, County Commissioner Carlos Gimenez appointed Spencer to the committee charged with reviewing and recommending changes to Miami-Dade County's Manatee Protection Plan. In 2007, Governor Charlie Crist appointed Spencer to serve as Miami-Dade County Commissioner for the Florida Inland Navigational District, and he was reappointed for an additional 4-year term by Governor Rick Scott in 2012. In 2005, Miami Mayor Manny Diaz appointed Spencer to the City of Miami's Waterfront Advisory Board where he served as chair. Spencer holds an undergraduate degree from Duke University, a Masters degree from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, and JD and MBA from the University of Florida where he served on the Florida Law Review and the Environmental Moot Court team.
 
Representative Experience
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Representation of client in regards to the Brickell CityCentre project in downtown Miami. Project consists of two levels of underground parking, 535,000 s.f. of retail, 910 residential units, 290 hotel rooms, 77 serviced apartments, and 925,000 s.f. of office space. Project is the first "Special Area Plan" under the Miami 21 zoning code.
 
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Representation of client in regards to Midtown Miami project in Miami, Florida. Advised client in land use, zoning, and site plan approval matters for 56 acre urban infill project in downtown Miami which will contain 645,000 square feet of retail development and 4,500 residential units.
 
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Representation in land use matters for purchaser and developer of approximately 90,000-acre Babcock Ranch property in Charlotte and Lee County, Florida, and in sale of approximately 74,000 acres to the State of Florida, one of the largest purchases of conservation lands in Florida's history. Advised client in land use entitlement matters, several intergovernmental agreements regarding infrastructure, and environmental permit matters for the planned new town which will contain approximately 19,500 residential units and 6 million square feet of non-residential development. Assisted client in dispute with petitioner in a Chapter 120 administrative hearing challenging the validity of the comprehensive plan amendments.
 
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Representation of client in land use matters for Indiantown DRI, the first DRI approved in Martin County in 20 years and the first Community Development District ever created in Martin County. Lead counsel for mixed-use DRI containing 1650 residential units, 60,000 square feet of commercial space, 15 acre elementary school site, and a 20 acre community park site.
 
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Representation of Hallandale Beach, Florida in regards to the Villages at Gulfstream Park DRI. Retained as special land use counsel to the city to help review and process a mixed-use DRI at the Gulfstream Park horse racing facility. Development program included 750,000 square feet of retail, 140,000 square feet of office, 1500 residential units, 500 hotels rooms, and a 2,500 seat attraction facility.
 
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Representation of client in regards to the AVE DRI in Opa-locka, Florida. Helped file DRI application for mixed-use office and industrial complex consisting of approximately 2.5 million square feet of development. Assisted in the adoption of a comprehensive plan amendment which established an airport master plan for the Opa-Locka Airport.
 
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Representation of purchaser of distressed mortgage debt secured by mixed-use DRI in Collier County, FL. Performed full land-use and environmental due diligence on the subdivision, including status of environmental permits, entitlements, and eligibility for legislative extensions.
 
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Representation of purchaser of distressed mortgage debt secured by historic hotel in Miami Beach, FL. Performed full land-use due diligence on the property, including status of entitlements and eligibility for legislative extensions.
 
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Representation of lender which foreclosed on an approved mixed-use DRI. Obtaining amendments to approved development plans, working with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on process to designate eagle nest as "lost" and therefore eliminate bald eagle buffer on the property.
 
Awards & Recognition
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Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County 2011, Recognized as a "40 Under 40," Award Winner
 
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Urban Environment League 2011, Recipient of the Orchid Award "Dedication to Access to the Waterfront"
 
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Urban Environment League 2007, Recipient of the Orchid Award "Coconut Grove Waterfront Master Plan"
 
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University of Florida Law Review
 
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University of Florida Environmental Moot Court
 
Published Works & Lectures
 
Lectures
 
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Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, "November 5 City-wide Referendum: Coconut Grove Waterfront with Commissioner Marc D. Sarnoff, City of Miami, District 2" October 2013
 
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Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Moderator, "The Beach Corridor Transit Connection Study: with Gus Pego, Secretary, FDOT District 6; Ysela Llort, Director, Miami Dade Transit; Alice Bravo, Assistant City Manager, City of Miami; Jimmy Morales, City Manager, City of Miami Beach; and Javier Betancourt, Deputy Director, Miami Downtown Development Authority," Miami, October 2013
 
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Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Moderator, "Tour of Miami Marine Stadium & Reception with Hilario Candela, Miami Marine Stadium Architect and Jorge Hernandez, Friends of Miami Marine Stadium Co-Founder," July 2013
 
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Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Moderator, "Baywalk Master Plan Study: On the Waterfront - Miami's 15 Mile Promenade with Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk and Collin Worth," June 2013
 
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Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, "Bringing Downtown Back: How Strategic Investment Can Create Thriving Urban Neighborhoods with Clarence E. Woods, III, Denis Russ, Nick Inamdar, Joseph Furst and Jihad Rashid," February 2013
 
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Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Guest Speaker, "Hop On, Hop Off: Brickell Trolley Tour," January 2013
 
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Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Panel Speaker, "Miami-Dade's $12 Billion Water and Sewer Fix," November 2012
 
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Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Moderator, "Redefining Downtown Miami: Brickell Citycentre," September 2012
 
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Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Moderator, "Waterfront Emergence: Volvo Ocean Race and Marine Stadium Restoration Activate the Downtown Miami Waterfront," April 2012
 
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Ralph E. Boyer Institutes on Real Property and Condominium Law's 24th Institute on Real Property Law, Speaker, "Land Use Update - Growth Management after the Death of the Department of Community Affairs; Recent Legislation and the Future Regulation of Land Development," October 2011
 
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Urban Land Institute South Florida Chapter, Moderator, "Florida Growth Management in the New Era: A Guide to Understanding Florida's New Legislation: with Tom Beck, Michael Busha, Valerie Hubbard, and Trish Blasi," West Palm Beach, June 2011
 
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Urban Land Institute South Florida Chapter, Moderator, "Florida Growth Management in the New Era: A Guide to Understanding Florida's New Legislation: with Tom Beck, Francisco Garcia, Jack Osterholt, Valerie Hubbard, and Trish Blasi," Miami, June 2011
 
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Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Panel Speaker, "Closing the Gaps: Miami Riverwalk and Baywalk," December 2010
 
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Urban Land Institute Workshop, Moderator, "The 'Community Renewal Act': What Does It Really Mean?," July 2009
 
 
Published Works
 
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Guide to Doing Business in Florida, Co-Author, "Land Use: Easements and Zoning," September 2013
 
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Guide to Doing Business in Florida, Co-Author, "Real Estate Regulation," August 2011
 
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The Environmental and Land-Use Law Section Reporter, Author, "'What Do You Expect?' - Reasonable Investment Backed Expectations after Good v. United States," Volume XXII, Number 3, July 2001
 
 
Panels
 
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Florida Law Review, Author, "The Clinton Administration's Battle to Gain Evidentiary Privilege for Secret Service Agents - Another Tainted Legacy?," 1999
 
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Urban Land Institute, Technical Assistance Panelist, Margate Community Redevelopment Agency on the City Center Project
 
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Urban Land Institute, Technical Assistance Panelist, Deerfield Beach Community Redevelopment Agency on the Cove Shopping Center and Sullivan Park
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, New World Center Committee, Vice Chairman, 2011-2012, Chairman, 2012-2014
 
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Florida Inland Navigation District, Appointed as the Miami-Dade County Representative by Governor Charlie Crist, Commissioner
 
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City of Miami Waterfront Advisory Board, Appointed by Mayor Manny Diaz, Past Chair
 
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Urban Land Institute (ULI), Program Committee, Member
 
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Duke Club of South Florida, Board Member
 
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Duke University Alumni Admissions Committee, Member
 
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University of Florida, Law Alumni Council, Member
 
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Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment, Advisory Board Member
 
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The Florida Bar, Environmental and Land Use Law Section, Member
 
Related Professional Experience
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South Florida Water Management District
 
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Governor's Commission for a Sustainable South Florida
 
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Duke University Wetlands Center, Florida Everglades
 
Community Involvement
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Plymouth Congregational Church, Board of Trustees
 
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Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, Member
 
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Key Biscayne Key Rats Pee-Wee Football Team, Assistant Coach
 



T. Spencer  Crowley III

Practice
Real Estate
Education
J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, 2001; Certificate in Environmental and Land Use Law
M.B.A., University of Florida, 2001; Specialization in Real Estate and Urban Analysis
M.A., University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, 1998
A.B., Duke University, 1996; Environmental Science and Policy, Geology
Bar Admissions
Florida
 
 
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