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Cecelia  Bonifay
Cecelia  Bonifay
Partner 
Chair, Land Use & Sustainable Development Practice
420 South Orange Avenue
Suite 1200
Orlando, FL 32801
 
Tel:
407.419.8540
Fax:
407.843.6610
 
 

Cecelia Bonifay has experience representing developers and governmental entities in a wide range of land use, sustainable development, and environmental matters. She currently represents clients in connection with large, mixed-use Developments of Regional Impact (DRIs) and the repositioning of those projects throughout Central Florida, including projects planned as sustainable communities. She has also worked with clients on entitlements on a wide variety of commercial and industrial projects.

Cecelia is the past co-chair of the Urban Land Institute's Climate Change, Land Use, and Energy Committee and she currently serves as the Chair of the ULI Central Florida District Council. She is a frequent speaker on the topics of land use and growth management, development incentives, green energy and climate change, and green building and LEED certification. Cecelia is also a board member of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission. Cecelia has been recognized by Chambers USA, The Legal 500, The Best Lawyers in America, and Florida Super Lawyers, and she is a former recipient of the Florida Real Estate Journal's "Top Women in Commercial Real Estate" award.
 
Representative Experience
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Representation of Landstone Communities, LLC in conducting due diligence on a 4,000 acre parcel located in Sumter County, Florida. The property is located at the crossroads of I-75 and the Florida Turnpike between the major cities of Tampa and Orlando, Florida. Akerman represented the client in the acquisition of the property and with the procurement of all necessary entitlements. The property has been annexed into the City of Wildwood, and Akerman has processed a Development of Regional Impact (DRI) and a Comprehensive Plan Amendment for the property which the City has adopted. Akerman is also working on a Proportionate Share Agreement with local, regional, and state transportation agencies for the funding of off-site transportation improvements, as well as an impact fee credit agreement. The project has applied for Florida Green Building Council Certification as a green development.
 
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Representation of Crosland, Inc. on two major projects as Crosland's land use attorney. The first project is a Development of Regional Impact (DRI) located on approximately 1,047.5 acres in the City of Wildwood, Florida. The project known as Wildwood Springs is a residentially based mixed-use development with supporting retail/office uses. The project will include 3,000 residential units with an accompanying 225,000 square feet of retail/office uses. The second project is located in the quaint City of Mount Dora, Florida where Crosland is undertaking a Planned Unit Development employing many of its traditional neighborhood design elements.
 
Awards & Recognition
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The Best Lawyers in America 2006-2015, Listed in Florida for Environmental Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, and Real Estate Law
 
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Chambers USA 2008-2014, Ranked in Florida for Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use
 
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Super Lawyers Magazine 2007, 2009-2014, Listed in Florida for Real Estate and Land Use/Zoning
 
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The Legal 500 2008-2009, 2012-2014, Recommended for Real Estate & Construction - Land Use/Zoning
 
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Real Estate Florida 2008, Recognized as "Woman of Influence"
 
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Florida Real Estate Journal 2004, Recognized as a "Top Woman in Commercial Real Estate"
 
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Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated
 
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Best Lawyers' 2014 Orlando Land Use & Zoning Law "Lawyer of the Year."
 
Published Works & Lectures
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Cecelia is a frequent speaker on the topics of land use and growth management, development incentives, green energy and climate change, and green building and LEED certification.
 
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Akerman and ACC of Central Florida Legal Roundup: Recent Developments and Practice Applications, Presenter, "What's New in Real Estate," June 2012
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
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Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, Board Member
 
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Bergstrom Center For Real Estate Studies, University of Florida, Advisory Board Member
 
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Florida TaxWatch, Task Force on Streamlining Regulation, Member
 
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Urban Land Institute (ULI), Central Florida District Council, Chair
 
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Urban Land Institute (ULI), Climate Change, Land Use, and Energy (CLUE) Committee, Co-Chair
 
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Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) of Orlando, Past President
 
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International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Member
 
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Crealde School of Art, Secretary and Board Member
 
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Leadership Lake and Orange Counties, Graduate
 
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Valencia Foundation, Board Member
 
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Orange and Lake County Bar Associations, Member
 
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The Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section, Member
 
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The Florida Bar, Environmental and Land Use Law Section, Member
 
Related Professional Experience
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Lake County, Florida, City Attorney and Attorney to the Lake County School Board
 
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Department of Community Affairs, Florida, Assistant to the Secretary and Lobbyist
 
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Department of Administration, Florida, Liaison to the State's 11 Regional Planning Councils
 

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Cecelia  Bonifay

Practice
Real Estate
Representative Clients
The Battaglia Group
CenterLake Properties, Ltd.
Crosland, Inc.
The Goodman Company
Landstone Communities, LLC
Pineloch Management Corporation
Rockefeller Group Development Corporation
Education
J.D., Florida State University College of Law, 1985
M.S.D., Florida State University, 1973; Urban & Regional Planning
B.A., Florida State University, 1967; History
Bar Admissions
Florida
 
 
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