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Patricia’s practice focuses primarily on obtaining land use and environmental permits from local governments and state agencies so that property owners can develop their land. The type of permits typically required from local governments range from site plan approvals, rezonings, dock permits, building permits, special exceptions and variances. The type of approvals required from regional, state and federal agencies include wetland impact permits, environmental resource permits, well permits, endangered species management plans and air permits. She has specialized in this area for over 30 years and is certified by the Florida Bar in City, County and Local Government Law.

During her career, she has represented a number of large projects which the state categorizes as development of regional impacts. Patricia has also served on numerous committees and task forces whose responsibility was to review revisions to land development codes and comprehensive plans.

In the local governmental law arena, the task of the lawyer is to assist a client with achieving the highest and best use of his property while complying with the applicable codes, ordinances and rules. Typically, Patricia works closely with the owner’s engineers, architects and planners to ensure that the project moves forward with no delays. Many applications for use of property require public hearings before elected officials and governing boards. Patricia makes presentations before these entities and prepares expert witnesses to testify before these boards.

In 2014, Patricia received the William C. Grimes Award from the Manatee County Bar Association for Lifetime Achievement in Community Service.

Accreditations

  • Florida Bar, Admitted 1978
  • Supreme Court of Florida, Admitted 1978
  • US District Court, Middle District of Florida, Admitted 1979
  • California Bar, Admitted 1990
  • Board certified by the Florida Bar in City, County and Local Government law, 1998
  • US Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, Admitted 2013
  • “AV” rating by private Martindale-Hubbell service

Education

  • 1978 Juris Doctor
    • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
  • 1974 Bachelor of Arts – Education, with honors
    • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Professional Experience

  • Dye, Harrison, Kirkland, Petruff, Pratt & St. Paul, PLLC, 2017-Present
    • Attorney, Member of the Firm
  • Dye, Deitrich, Petruff & St. Paul, P.L., 1998-2017
    • Attorney, Member of the Firm
  • Dye & Scott, P.A., 1978-1998
    • Attorney, Member of the Firm
  • University of South Florida, New College, 1984-2006
    • Lecturer in Environmental Law

Professional Memberships

  • Manatee County Bar Association; President, 1987-1988
    • Member
  • Florida Bar section on City, County and Local Government Law
    • Member
  • Gulf Coast Chapter, Florida Planning and Zoning Association
    • Member

Professional Activities

  • Lecturer at Lorman Seminar (October 2006 and 2007): Discussing Special Exception Uses, Conditional Uses and Special Magistrates Zoning, Subdivision and Land Development Law
  • Panelist, Manatee Community College
  • Private Property Rights Legislation Workshop, 1995
  • Private Property Rights Special Master Training
  • Connecting Communities
    • A Sarasota Urban and Regional Issues Symposium, 1995
  • Home Builder’s Association Land Developer’s Council Special Task Force on Land Development Code, 1995

Community Activities

  • American Association of University Women, 1978-1997, Board Member, 1995
  • Leadership Florida Class VIII
  • Leadership Florida Life Member, 1990-Present
  • Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc.; Puppy Raiser, 1990-2000
  • Just For Girls a/k/a Manatee County Girl’s Club, Inc.
    • President, 1992 & 2014, Board of Directors, 1997, Alumni Board 1998-Present
  • Manatee County Nursery School, Inc.
    • Board of Directors, 1996-1999
    • Secretary 1997
    • Chairman 1998
    • Treasurer 1999
  • Manatee Memorial Hospital
  • Women’s Action Committee 1997-2000