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Thomas O. Ingram

Of Counsel 
50 North Laura Street
Suite 3100
Jacksonville, FL 32202
 
Tel:
904.798.3700
Fax:
904.798.3730
 
 

Tom Ingram works with landowners, developers, and governments to allow for the development and sale of real estate in Jacksonville, St. Johns County (St. Augustine), Clay County, and surrounding areas in northeast Florida. Such efforts have included the development and redevelopment of sites into retail power centers, single family and multifamily developments, Developments of Regional Impact, and industrial centers. His efforts routinely involve negotiation of project-specific agreements concerning transportation and other issues with Boards of County Commissioners and other elected bodies. His work includes real estate transactions and due diligence relating to development properties. In addition to his regular involvement with the Urban Land Institute, the Northeast Florida Builders Association, and other organizations, he has worked with the city of Jacksonville to advocate for the maintenance and expansion of public access to Jacksonville's beaches, the St. Johns River, and its tributaries.
 
Representative Experience
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Representation of developer in the entitlement of the River City Marketplace Development of Regional Impact, an over 800,000 s.f. retail center in north Jacksonville. This effort revived a long-dormant DRI and was the catalyst for a new economic center in north Jacksonville.
 
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Representation of developer of a regional aggregate distribution facility with asphalt plant site in Clay County, Florida.
 
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Representation of Olympic athlete to defend her winning the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials against a competitor who filed a legal challenge combined with a national public relations campaign to change the results of the Olympic Trials. The challenge took issue with how the sport's governing body applied its rules of racing to the competition. Following an arbitration a few weeks before the 2008 Bejing Olympics, the client represented the United States.
 
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Representation of developer of St. Augustine Centre DRI, a multi-use DRI in the St. Augustine area, to preserve and extend development rights and respond to market shifts over the past 10 years.
 
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Representation of Florida Open Beaches Foundation against environmental groups seeking to limit public vehicular beach access at Jacksonville's Huguenot Park, a popular mile-long peninsula of undeveloped beach where almost all of the available parking is on the beach. Worked with the client and the City of Jacksonville to turn back a state environmental agency and environmental groups' effort in 2010 to eliminate much of the beach from public parking and use.
 
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Representation of Save Rodman Reservoir, Inc., to preserve a popular, long-established environmental asset, Lake Ocklawaha, against various efforts to have the government permanently drain the lake because it was created due to a shallow dam. The lake continues to be a very productive ecological asset which filters nutrients from agriculture, atmospheric deposition and other inputs upstream before the waters of the Ocklawaha River enter the St. Johns River, a river which environmental advocates also contend is facing challenges due to excessive nutrient input.
 
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Environmental counsel to a multi-national corporation working with major federal-aid projects, concerning a federal investigation as to potential violations of environmental laws. This four-year criminal investigation was closed without indictment or other adverse action.
 
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Representation of client in obtaining local approval of the final design of an oceanfront hotel redevelopment in St. Augustine Beach, Florida.
 
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Representation of restaurant developer in the Avondale neighborhood of Jacksonville to redevelop an urban site for a full service restaurant. Working with the neighborhood group Riverside Avondale Preservation, Inc., the client ultimately won its support as well as the necessary local land use approvals.
 
Published Works & Lectures
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The Florida State University College of Law Spring Environmental Law Forum, Panelist, "Beach Restoration: Preserving Public and Private Interests in the Shoreline," 2010
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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Urban Land Institute (ULI), North Florida District Council, Chair, 2015-17; Programs Committee Chairman, 2013; Management Committee, 2013-Present
 
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Northeast Florida Builders' Association, Government Affairs Committee, 2009-Present
 
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Florida Water Star Technical Advisory Committee, Member, 2012-2016
 
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Florida Planning and Zoning Association, First Coast Chapter, President, 2006-2007
 
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Florida Open Beaches Foundation, Inc., Past Director and Past Counsel
 
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Jacksonville Bar Association, Land Use and Environmental Section, Past Chairman
 
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The Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section, Member; Environmental and Land Use Law Section, Member
 
Related Professional Experience
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Office of Governor Lawton Chiles and Lt. Governor Buddy MacKay, Florida, Aide, 1993-1995
 

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Thomas O. Ingram

Practice
Real Estate
Education
J.D., Florida State University College of Law, 1998; magna cum laude, Environmental Law Society, Vice President
B.S., Florida State University, 1993; Political Science, Florida Academic Scholar
Bar Admissions
Florida
 
 
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