David M. Mechanik, Shareholder
David Mechanik was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1977. He practices in the areas of land use, environmental, real estate transactions, governmental relations, local government law and economic incentives. Mr. Mechanik is also a Certified Planner (AICP), as designated by the American Planning Association.
He represents both private and governmental clients in connection with the sale, acquisition, financing and development of real estate, including Developments of Regional Impact (DRI), comprehensive plan amendments, development agreements (including utility and annexation agreements), rezoning, historic preservation and environmental matters. He has also drafted numerous comprehensive plan text amendments and revisions to land development codes. Mr. Mechanik frequently appears before local, state and federal agencies and handles administrative hearings and litigation pertaining to these areas of practice.
He has served on several committees of the State of Florida Department of Community Affairs which were created to develop legislation and rules pertaining to DRIs, including the drafting of the first DRI Transportation Rule. He is on the Board of Directors of the Hillsborough County Regional Transit Authority (HART), having served on this board for over 13 years, is currently President of Tampa Historic Streetcar, Inc. and most recently, served on the Hillsborough County Transportation Task Force.
Mr. Mechanik is also active in community activities. He served on the Super Bowl Task Force and has chaired the Tampa Sports Authority Board of Directors. He was a founding member and Chairman of the Tampa Downtown Partnership and served as Chairman of the Growth Management and Planning Implementation Councils of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and as Vice-Chairman of the Hillsborough County Charter Review Board. Mr. Mechanik is Immediate Past President of the Westshore Alliance. Mr. Mechanik also served on the City of Tampa Task Force which lured the Tampa Bay Lightning to downtown Tampa and was involved in the land assemblage and financing for the St. Pete Times Forum.