On May 17, Cobb Cole client, Gateway Marketplace, was in The Daytona Beach News-Journal article "Golden Corral gets Port Orange Building Permits." Cobb Cole Attorney Mark Watts represents Gateway Marketplace, which is developing the Altamira Shopping Village.
On May 16 and 17, Cobb Cole Attorneys Thomas Leek and Kelly Parsons Kwiatek presented Lunch and Learn seminars regarding Social Media and The Workplace. They were informative presentations on how to effectively manage social media in the workplace to reduce legal and human resource risks brought on by this technological revolution
On Friday, May 18, Cobb Cole took a moment to celebrate NASCAR Day and participate in the NASCAR Foundation's "Pin It Forward" campaign. Dressed to support their favorite NASCAR drivers, the DeLand and Daytona Cobb Cole offices ended the day early, fired up the bbq and engaged in some friendly competition with a Mario Kart tournament. All members of the firm received a NASCAR Day pin as part of the firm's efforts to support the NASCAR Foundation and to benefit Speediatrics. The Speediatrics pediatric unit at Halifax Health Medical Center was established in 2000 to provide a more inviting environment for children who may otherwise be overwhelmed by the experience of being in the hospital.
On May 10, 2012, the 2012 Professionalism Symposium, which is a joint project of the Seventh Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee and the Volusia County Bar Association, was held at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Cobb Cole Attorney Kelly Parsons Kwiatek was a member of the Civil Law Panel, led by Circuit Court Judge Terence R. Perkins, discussing ethics, professionalism, and civility with the participants.
On May 10, Cobb Cole client, Blue Water VI, was in The Daytona Beach News-Journal article, "Daytona Marina Project Moving Ahead at ISB Bridge." Cobb Cole represented the owner, Blue Water VI, in obtaining development entitlements for the hotel, restaurant, and shops by Planned Commercial Development, as well as the amendment to allow the marina.
Casual for a Cause started several years back when the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer was raising funds. If you donated to the cause, you got to dress in denim the last Friday of the month. It proved to be such a hit that a committee of staff and attorneys was formed to pick local charities who did not receive federal funding and served a cross-section of the community.Our May Casual For A Cause is Journey's End, which provides lifetime care and shelter for dogs, cats, horses, and other animals that have been abandoned, abused, neglected or have special needs. Rather than focusing on adoption, Journey's End provides a home-like setting where animals can enjoy the remainder of their lives in a comfortable, loving atmosphere.
On May 9, Cobb Cole clients, the Hellers, were in The Daytona Beach News-Journal article, "New Smyrna Stands Firm, Delta Queen Must Submit Bod." Cobb Cole Attorneys Rob Merrell and Mark Watts advised the Hellers in their request to bring the Delta Queen Riverboat to New Smyrna Beach as a floating hotel.
Cobb Cole was a proud sponsor of the 21st annual Wild Game Feast, presented by the DeLand Breakfast Rotary on May 3 in DeLand. A major local event, the Wild Game Feast has raised more than $1.2 million dollars to benefit local non-profit organziations. Cobb Cole attorneys were among those who helped serve and then dined on rattlesnake, gator tail, frogs legs and more. Former Wild Game Feast Chair and in-coming DeLand Breakfast Rotary President Mark Watts was unable to attend this year's Feast as he was in Bangkok, Thailand, attending the International Rotary Convention.
On May 8, Cobb Cole client, Halifax Hospital Medical Center, was in The Daytona Beach News-Journal article "Halifax to Tear Down Atlantic Medical Center." Cobb Cole represented Halifax Hospital Medical Center in acquiring entitlements (Panned Master Development Rezoning) on its 77.5+/- acre parcel located across Clyde Morris Boulevard from the main hospital campus.
On May 6 and May 8, Cobb Cole clients, the Browns and The Museum of Arts and Sciences, were in The Daytona Beach News-Journal articles, "The Browns give a remarkable, enduring gift," "Museum welcomes donation of Florida art," and "Hyatt and Cici Brown donating extensive collection of Florida art to Daytona museum." Cobb Cole Attorneys Rob Merrell and Tom Hart work together representing the Museum of Arts and Sciences in connection with its acquisition of property from the City of Daytona Beach for the $13 million expansion, gifted by the Browns and including their art work. The legal work is related to the transaction, as well as the zoning and regulatory approvals needed for the expansion of the museum.
Rhoda Bess Goodson wrote an editorial published in The News Journal discussing the effect of Governor Rick Scott's veto of $2 million appropriated to Florida Access to Civil Legal Assistance (FACLA), which is a primary source of funding for legal aid services across Florida. FACLA, which was formed by the Florida legislature in 2002, had previously received annual funding in amounts of up to $2.5 million. Goodson explained that Governor Scott's veto will contribute to a 30% decrease in the number of legal aid attorneys statewide next year. Rhoda Bess Goodson currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors of Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF). CLSMF serves twelve counties and works to "put justice in everyone's reach" by providing high quality legal assistance to low-income people in civil (non-criminal) matters. Each office of CLSMF has a managing attorney, staff attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants, and highly qualified administrative and support staff members. The funding that was cut will mean the loss of two or three attorneys at CLSMF.
In a recent newsletter, the Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce recognized Cobb Cole as one of several local businesses who had maintained 30+ years of loyal membership. Cobb Cole has been a member of the Ormond Beach Chamber since January 1, 1981