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Floods, Fires and Hurricanes: Balch & Bingham’s Patrick Krechowski Shares Steps Every Community Can Take to Become More Resilient with Bloomberg Law

In a new article published by Bloomberg Law, Balch & Bingham Partner Patrick Krechowski  shares his insight on the steps communities can take to become more resilient as they experience natural disasters. 

Based in Jacksonville, Patrick has over 20 years of experience in real estate, land use, environmental, governmental, administrative litigation, appeals and title insurance law. He has represented state and local agencies and private property owners alike and has been involved in various efforts in response to extreme weather events and the destruction they can wreak on homeowners, business owners and municipal budgets.

In the article, published on November 20, 2020, Patrick provides several recommendations for community leaders on how to begin adaptation planning. Reviewing land development codes and examining the age, performance and capacities of existing infrastructure is step one, Patrick notes. Communities can also lean on studies commissioned by larger cities as well as state and federal funding sources. Ultimately, Patrick says, resiliency must become a planning and funding priority of any municipality. By starting with the fundamentals of code review and infrastructure analysis, all communities can become less reactive to extreme events and more proactive towards achieving a more resilient future for their residents, businesses, visitors and future generations.

Patrick W. Krechowski has over 20 years of experience in real estate, land use, environmental, governmental, administrative litigation, appeals and title insurance law. Patrick is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in City, County and Local Government Law. His practice focuses on all aspects of zoning and land use law, real estate due diligence, environmental permitting (including sovereign submerged lands and riparian rights), environmental remediation, water use permitting and planning, beach nourishment projects, coastal construction and due diligence before local governments and federal/state agencies, including associated administrative and civil litigation.