Mark S. Bentley

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  • 401 East Jackson Street, Suite 3100, Tampa, FL 33602
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  • Since 1987, Mark Bentley's practice has been devoted to representing the rights of property and business owners affected by state and local governments' laws and regulations.
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Board Certified City, County and Local Government Law Lawyer, The Florida Bar, Board of Legal Specialization and Education. Certified Planner by the American Planning Association (AICP). Author: "Understanding the Florida Land Use and Environmental Dispute Resolution Act," 37 Stetson Law Review 381, 2008; "Recent Developments in the Law," 16 Stetson Law Review 979, 1987; "Zoning For Land Users and Not Land Use," 16 Stetson Law Review 165, 1986. Associate Editor: Stetson Law Review, 1986-1987. Selected: Florida Super Lawyer, 2008-2009; Adjunct Professor, University of South Florida's Urban and Regional Planning Master's Degree Program; Amicus Curiae Committee, American Planning Association, 2007-2009. Member: American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP); American Planning Association (APA); Association of Eminent Domain Professionals (AEDP); Florida Planning & Zoning Association (FPZA). Articles: "Florida Legislature Grants Free View Easements to Billboard Companies," Real Estate Finance, October 2006; "Hurricane Kelo Hits Florida," Association of Eminent Domain Professionals Newsletter, May 2006 and The Florida Bar City, County and Local Government Law's Newsletter, The Agenda, September 2006; "Rent Cap on Dealers is Not a Taking," Petrogram, Summer 2006; "So Long Amortization, Hello Compensation: A Victory for Property Rights," AEDP Newsletter, Spring 2002 and The Florida Bar Eminent Domain Newsletter, June 2002; "Prerequisites To The Lawful Exercise of Eminent Domain in a Community Redevelopment Area," HCBA Lawyer, February 2002; "Home Rule - But At What Cost?" Tampa Bay Business Journal, April 1999; "Reasonable Probability or Unreasonable Speculation?," HCBA Lawyer, November 1999; "Growth Management Meets Eminent Domain," HCBA Lawyer, April 1997. Co-Author: Chapter entitled, "Authority to Exercise Power," Florida Eminent Domain Practice and Procedure Manual, Fifth Edition (1996), Sixth Edition (2003), The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education. Speaker: "Noise Regulation in Florida," presented at the City, County and Local Government Law Section's 26th Annual Local Government Law in Florida Seminar, Bonita Springs, Florida, May 2006; "Challenges to Rezoning, Variance, and Development Denials - What Works and How to Avoid Lengthy, Costly Disappointments," presented at the CLE International's Seminar on Regulatory Takings - Facing the Challenges and Knowing the Remedies, Tampa, Florida, March 2006; "Litigating the Nuisance Violation Case," presented at the CLE International's Second Annual Conference on Litigating Land Use Disputes, Tampa, Florida, December 2005; "The Reasonable Probability Doctrine Under Florida Eminent Domain Law," presented at the CLE International's Sixth Annual Eminent Domain Super Conference, Tampa, Florida, October 2002; "Uncertainties of the Florida Land Use and Environmental Dispute Resolution Act," presented at the CLE International's Resolving Land Use Disputes Seminar, Tampa, Florida, January 2002. Special Master, Resolution of Land Use Disputes. Instructor, Florida Chapter, Sun Coast Section of the American Planning Association's Annual AICP Exam Preparation Course, 1998-2009. Secretary and Member, Board of Directors, Central Park Village Youth Services, Inc. Past Chairman, Board of Directors, Ybor City Development Corporation. Honors: Charles A. Dana Scholar; Distinguished Service Award, presented by the Florida Chapter, Sun Coast Section of the American Planning Association, 2006.

Areas of Practice (10)

  • Land Use Law
  • Zoning Law
  • Eminent Domain Law
  • Inverse Condemnation
  • Governmental Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Noise Regulation
  • Land Use Litigation
  • Land Use Dispute Resolution/Mediation
  • Alcoholic Beverage Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
813.223.5050  Phone
813.223.3555  Fax
University Attended:
University of Florida, B.A., Political Science, with honors, 1980; University of Florida, M.A., Public Administration, with honors, 1982
Law School Attended:
Stetson University College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1987
Year of First Admission:
1987, Florida
The Florida Bar (Member, Sections on: City, County and Local Government Law; Environmental and Land Use Law; Eminent Domain Standing Committee); Hillsborough County (Member, Sections on: Eminent Domain Law; Environmental and Land Use Law; Real Property Probate and Trust Law) Bar Association.
U.S. Marine Corps, 1975-1978
Reported Cases:
Peninsular Properties Braden River, LLC v. City of Bradenton, Florida, 965 So.2d 160 (Fla. 2d DCA 2007); rev. denied, 974 So.2d 386 (Fla. 2008).
Payment Information:
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  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

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