On Friday, February 8, Jason Merritt of the Hopping Green & Sams Community Development District (CDD) practice group spoke at the Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section’s Executive Council Meeting held in Tallahassee. The presentation, entitled “The Sun Also Rises: CDDs, Lenders, & the Economic Recovery,” was presented to the Section’s Real Estate Finance and Lending Sub-Committee. Discussion of what CDDs are, the benefits of creating these districts, the differences between a CDD and a home owners association, the disclosure requirements for CDDs, and the relationships between CDDs and commercial lenders were some of the topics discussed. In addition, shareholder Carl Eldred of Hopping Green & Sams also made a presentation at the Section’s Executive Council Meeting. Carl’s presentation to the Section’s Commercial Real Estate Subcommittee, entitled “Environmental Due Diligence in Real Estate Transactions,” addressed environmental liability and due diligence issues that attorneys should be aware of in commercial real estate transactions.