Tips for Miami Condo Owners Dealing with the Gulf Oil Spill Crisis

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What Steps should I Take to Prepare for Damage from the Oil Spill?

The recent Gulf oil spill crisis is one of the worst in decades. To prepare, you should proceed much as you would in the event of a hurricane warning- more preparation is always better than less. Your preparation should not only cover physical measures to secure your property, but should also include steps to ensure that you record and save any information that might be useful for a claim. Here are some tips:

What Laws or Agencies are involved in the Regulation of Miami Beaches?

Miami beaches are heavily regulated by both federal and Florida state laws. Florida has implemented several programs aimed at protecting the coastline, such as the Florida Coastal Management Program. Numerous agencies like the Bureau of Beaches and Coastal Systems may be able to assist you in your response to the oil spill. 
Make sure that any measures that you do take are not in violation of state or federal laws. It is better to contact authorities for advice rather than engage in self-help, as any uninformed action could lead to a violation on your part.      

Who Should I Contact for Advice or More Information?

It may be desirable to enlist the services of experts in environmental and coastal matters. They will be able to provide accurate assessments of damage to your beachfront property as well as suggest future precautions. Also, you may wish to contact an attorney in the event that it is necessary to file a claim. The law regarding beaches and coastal property is very complex, and there are several lawyers in the Miami area who specialize in such matters. As with any professional services, be sure to double check and verify the credentials of any persons whom you will be relying upon for advice or representation.

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Last Modified: 05-25-2010 11:16 AM PDT

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