Barton W. Smith, Esq.

Barton W. Smith, Esq.

Managing Partner
bart@smithhawks.com
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J.D., University of Miami, Deans Merit Scholar

B.B.A., University of Miami, with Honors

In 2008, Bart Smith founded the firm, and in 2012, he formed the partnership focusing in the areas of real estate, land use and civil litigation. Bart practices throughout the State of Florida assisting his clients in a wide range of matters, focusing on bringing efficient solutions that are economically viable to his clients.

Recent Representations

  • Representing private equity fund in redevelopment of multiple hotels.
  • Representing national publicly traded hospital operator in obtaining fair property ad valorem assessments and, where appropriate, exemptions from taxation.
  • Representing developer in development of 335,000 square foot shopping mall.
  • Representing publicly traded drug store in developing a 15,000 square foot independent grocery and pharmacy store, including obtaining a road abandonment and right-of-way permits necessary to provide better access to the store.  Representing same client in redevelopment of commercial property into pharmacy/grocery store.
  • Represented developer in developing 175 unit hotel/resort, including obtaining development agreement and conditional use approvals, obtaining all development rights, road abandonments and all other necessary permits.
  • Represented developer in redeveloping 363 wet slip marina into a turnkey 100 unit resort and marina, including obtaining development agreement and conditional use approvals, obtaining all development rights, and all other necessary permits.
  • Represented Continuing Care Retirement Community in obtaining approximately $1 million in property tax refunds.
  • Represented Continuing Care Retirement Community in obtaining over $300 thousand in property tax refunds.
  • Represented property owner in dispute with local government regarding extension of electric power.  Obtained favorable rulings in circuit court, appellate courts and before public service commission, which preempted local zoning regulations to allow power to be extended to property owner’s property.
  • Represented college in obtaining determination from circuit court which was affirmed by appellate court determining college is immune from municipal stormwater user fee.
  • Represented hospital, homeowner’s association and private commercial business in obtaining favorable ruling determining property owners were not obtaining service from municipality for stormwater sewer fees and obtaining refund of amounts paid to municipality.

Report Cases

  • Roemmele-Putney v. Reynolds, 106 So.3d 78 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2013)
  • In re: Complaint of Robert Reynolds et al., 2013 WL 2298327
  • City of Key West v. Florida Keys Community College, 81 So.3d 494 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2012)

Memberships

  • Florida State Bar
  • United States Federal Bar for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States Federal Bar for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Federal Bar for the Southern District of Florida Bankruptcy Court
  • United States Federal Bar for the Middle District of Florida Bankruptcy Court
  • Monroe County Bar Association

Community Leadership

  • Southernmost Hurricane Club, Vice President
  • Key West Sunrise Rotary Club