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He has promised not to enforce the ban if elected Attorney General. Democratic lawyer and Attorney General candidate Daniel Uhlfelder has come on as co-counsel to a South Florida synagogue’s lawsuit challenging Florida’s 15-week abortion ban.
Source: Florida Politics

Uhlfelder protests Walton schools’ book ban, calling it ‘government overreach and suppression’. DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — Local attorney Daniel Uhlfelder, one of three Democrats vying for a chance to challenge incumbent Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody in November’s general election,…
Source:Northwest Florida Daily News

What candidates did The Palm Beach Post endorse in the Aug. 23 primary election? Read on… It’s time to vote! Primary Election Day is Aug. 23, when polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. But early voting began on Monday.
Source: The Palm Beach Post

Endorsement: For Democrats, Daniel Uhlfelder for attorney general Florida needs a new attorney general. Ashley Moody is an election denier who backed a baseless lawsuit to wipe out Joe Biden’s victory. She’s taking aim at abortion rights protected by the privacy provision in Florida’s Constitution.
Source: Sun Sentinel Editorial Board

The best Democrat to take on Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody | Times recommends The attorney general is the chief legal officer for the state of Florida. The office represents the state in criminal appeals and civil litigation, operates consumer protection and victim services programs and prosecutes some criminal offenses.
Source: Tampa Bay Times

Bans marginalize Florida children Last month, the DeSantis administration policy of attacking free speech and interfering in our children’s education hit my home county. The Walton County superintendent pulled a list of books off the shelves of school libraries.
Source: The Palm Beach Post

“IT’S WRONG,” UHLFELDER SAYS AFTER ATTORNEY GENERAL ACCEPTS $25,000 FROM FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT Florida Attorney General candidate Daniel Uhlfelder questioned Florida Attorney Ashley Moody after she accepted a $25,000 campaign contribution just days ago from Florida’s embattled Florida Power & Light.
Source: Our Tallahassee

Opinion: Reaper’s court case has been grim | Bill Cotterell What the state is doing to Daniel Uhlfelder might be legal but it’s an ugly abuse of the law, intended to intimidate critics of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ COVID policies.
Source: msn

AG candidate Daniel Uhlfelder: Floridians deserve ‘the right to choose’ | Guestview Last week our country was shaken by the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, paving the way for total abortion bans across the country.
Source: nwfdailynews

Florida Supreme Court Justice backs ‘Grim Reaper’ lawyer in war with DeSantis Lawyer Daniel Uhlfelder, better known as the beach Grim Reaper, was one of those who sued Gov. Ron DeSantis during the 2020 season for relaxing the lockdown to ensure tourism.
Source: RawStory

Former Judges Defend ‘Grim Reaper’ Lawyer In COVID War With Gov. Ron DeSantis
“Requirements that lawyers be strong advocates are pillars of our democracy,” a former Florida state Supreme Court justice wrote of attorney Daniel Uhlfelder.
Source: Huffington Post

Frivolous lawsuit? To this Florida court, that might depend on your politics | Editorial The First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee is lowering the boom on attorney Dan Uhlfelder, aka, Florida’s beachcombing Grim Reaper.
Source: Orlando Sentinel

Former Florida Supreme Court justice backs ‘Grim Reaper’ attorney who sued DeSantis over COVID A former Florida Supreme Court justice and a former appellate-court chief judge have lined up in support of a Santa Rosa Beach attorney who’s the focus of twin investigations after he sued Gov. Ron DeSantis for refusing to shut down state beaches last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: South Florida Sun Sentinel

Two judges say ‘Grim Reaper’ attorney should not be sanctioned for DeSantis challenge TALLAHASSEE — A former Florida Supreme Court justice and a former appellate court chief judge have lined up in support of a Santa Rosa Beach attorney who’s the focus of twin investigations after he sued Gov. Ron DeSantis for refusing to shut down state beaches last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: NWF Daily News

Good and bad news: Recent federal and local customary use rulings could impact Walton County “You can’t say that customary use has prevailed, but now there’s certainly a strong argument that it will,” Uhlfelder said.
Source: Panama City News Herald

Florida ‘Grim Reaper’ Condemns Spring Breakers: ‘Is it Really Worth it?’ The attorney who hit headlines last year dressed as the Grim Reaper to patrol Forida’s beaches has condemned the arrival of spring breakers, asking partygoers if their trip is really worth it.
Source: Newsweek

Florida’s COVID Grim Reaper Isn’t Finished Yet The Grim Reaper wears flip flops. He stands outside the courthouse in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, open for the first day of early voting. It’s a seaside town—part of a hundred-mile strip of white sand beaches in the Florida panhandle known as the Emerald Coast—and voters are trickling in wearing cargo shorts and sundresses, seemingly unmoved by the black-hooded figure.
Source: Esquire

A Grim Reaper lawyer takes on Gov. DeSantis and tries to save beachgoers from the coronavirus Daniel Uhlfelder, the brash lawyer who recently sued Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in an unsuccessful effort to close Panhandle beaches crowded with tourists and residents during the pandemic, has a familiar name.
Source: Florida Phoenix

The beach-going Grim Reaper on his Florida protest: ‘Someone has to stand up’ Times are truly strange when a man dressed in a grim reaper’s costume in 90F (32C) heat is the most sane person around. But last week, as people flocked to Florida’s recently reopened beaches, Daniel Uhlfelder had a message for beachgoers.
Source: The Guardian

Frustrated by Crowds, Coastal States Weigh What to Do About Beaches Daniel W. Uhlfelder, a lawyer from Santa Rosa Beach who tried to sue the Florida governor to demand statewide beach closures, was planning to tour beaches in the Panhandle in a Grim Reaper costume to draw attention to the risk of virus spread. He said he was most worried that people from areas of the South hit hard by the coronavirus will be driving to the area for a beach break.
Source: New York Times

Florida Lawyer Dons Grim Reaper Cowl To Warn Beachgoers Of COVID-19 Threat Move over “Florida man” stories, because 2020 is shaping up to be the year of the “Florida lawyer.” That is if Florida attorney Daniel Uhlfelder has anything to do with it.
Source: Above the Law

Does the Grim Reaper Wear Sunscreen? As a protest against newly opened beaches, a Florida attorney patrols the sand, warning heedless sunbathers with the words “See you soon!”
Source: The New Yorker

‘Ready for battle’: Florida lawyer dons Grim Reaper garb to save lives during COVID-19 crisis People like to sit back and complain and tweet, but I like to take action,” says Uhlfelder, founder of a three-lawyer general civil litigation firm in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. “I try to fix problems.
Source: ABA Journal

Florida Lawyer Will Dress as Grim Reaper to Protest Beach Reopenings Because the number of Floridians infected with COVID-19 continues to rise, attorney Daniel Uhlfelder thinks it’s ridiculous that Gov. Ron DeSantis has allowed the state’s beaches to begin reopening. So Uhlfelder came up with an equally ridiculous protest idea: dressing as the Grim Reaper to persuade people to remain home and stay alive.
Source: Miami New Times

The Grim Reaper is headed to Florida beaches to protest their opening. Meet the attorney under the cloak. “I understand the pressure because it’s such a big part of our revenue,” Uhlfelder said. “But, we need to get back to normal quickly, and I think reopening prematurely is going to prolong this. That’s why I’m doing things that are kind of unorthodox,” he added. “You now have a trial lawyer wearing a Grim Reaper costume on the beach. That’s not normal, but these are not normal times.
Source: Business Insider

Lawyer plans to visit Florida beaches dressed as the Grim Reaper to warn people to keep distance A lawyer who gained national attention with his advocacy against the privatization of Florida beaches is now working to keep those same beaches closed during the coronavirus pandemic — by wearing a Grim Reaper costume and warning beach-goers about the necessity of social distancing.
Source: NBC News

Fla. Attorney Plans to Dress Up as Grim Reaper and Hit the Beach to Encourage Social Distancing Floridians planning to hit the beach next week, beware — the Grim Reaper may be waiting. As Gov. Ron DeSantis begins to ease restrictions on local beaches in the Sunshine State, one local attorney is taking it upon himself to make sure beachgoers know they may be tempting fate by getting close in public amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Source: People

Grim Reaper clad attorney promises to travel to Florida beaches to protest premature opening Decisions about opening beaches in our area are being made now. One Florida attorney thinks it’s too soon. In a now viral Twitter post he made only one day ago, he promises to travel around the state dressed as the ‘Grim Reaper’ to protest beaches opening up prematurely during the coronavirus pandemic.
Source: WKRG 5

The lawsuit alleges that “spring breakers” are spreading CoVID-19 across Florida. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is facing a lawsuit demanding that he close the state’s beaches in response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Lawyer sues DeSantis for not closing beaches. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CBS 12) — A Florida attorney is suing Florida governor Ron DeSantis because he hasn’t ordered all Florida Beaches to close during the coronavirus pandemic, according to The Hill.
Source: NEWS4SA

Lawyer sues DeSantis for not closing beaches. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CBS 12) — A Florida attorney is suing Florida governor Ron DeSantis because he hasn’t ordered all Florida Beaches to close during the coronavirus pandemic, according to The Hill.
Source: cbs12.com

Coronavirus: Confused about beaches? Here’s what’s open and closed on the Treasure Coast. Gov. Ron DeSantis has not ordered all Florida beaches closed, and has said he will not do so. Beaches in Broward and Palm Beach counties are closed because DeSantis ordered all nonessential businesses to close in those hot spots, which effectively closed their beaches. DeSantis mirrored what Miami-Dade already had done voluntarily.

Daniel Uhlfelder sues Ron DeSantis to close public beaches during pandemic. An attorney who gained national prominence in a legal fight over beach access now wants them all closed down. Santa Rosa Beach attorney Daniel Uhlfelder has sued Gov. Ron DeSantis to close all of Florida’s beaches.
Source: FLAPOL

Walton County Attorney Files Lawsuit Against Gov. DeSantis To Close Florida Beaches. Walton County attorney Daniel Uhlfelder is a strong proponent for sharing beaches. But as the world faces the coronavirus pandemic, he thinks beaches across the state should be closed.
Source: WUWF

UF alumnus sues Gov. DeSantis, demands he close all beaches. Gov. Ron DeSantis must issue an executive order to close beaches statewide, said a UF graduate in a lawsuit against the governor. Until he does, he said COVID-19 will continue to spread in the state.
Source: Alligator

Florida attorney files lawsuit calling on governor to close beaches due to coronavirus concerns. A Florida attorney is suing Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) to close access to all of the beaches in Florida in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Source: THE HILL

Coronavirus: Confused about beaches? Here’s what’s open and closed on the Treasure Coast. Gov. Ron DeSantis has not ordered all Florida beaches closed, and has said he will not do so. Beaches in Broward and Palm Beach counties are closed because DeSantis ordered all nonessential businesses to close in those hot spots, which effectively closed their beaches. DeSantis mirrored what Miami-Dade already had done voluntarily.
Source: TCPALM

Marlette: ‘Idiots’ invading Florida beaches? We must stop the insanity. If there was a modern update to Patricia C. Griffin’s iconic Florida history book, “Mullet on the Beach: The Minorcans of Florida, 1768-1788,” perhaps it would be aptly titled: “Idiot on the Beach: The Millennials in Florida, 2020.”
Source: Pensacola News Journal

Florida Gov. Insists On Keeping State Open Despite Pressure. Law360 (March 23, 2020, 6:20 PM EDT) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis pushed back Monday against the idea of a statewide lockdown despite pressure — including a lawsuit over the state’s still-open beaches — to shut down the state to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Source: Law 360

Florida Governor Sued Over Refusal to Close All Beaches. (CN) — A Florida lawyer says Governor Ron DeSantis is endangering the entire country by not taking executive action ordering all of the state’s beaches to close amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Source: Courthouse News Service

Uhlfelder creates PAC to challenge ‘bad actors’. Bolstered by a Twitter following of nearly 105,000, South Walton attorney Daniel Uhlfelder has established what he calls “a hybrid super PAC” to take on people he refers to as bad actors. “Make My Day PAC is an organization dedicated to the Americans who refuse to be silenced,” a news release issued Tuesday morning said.
Source: NWF Daily News

Daniel Uhlfelder turns Mike Huckabee feud into a super PAC. Now Uhlfelder says he is retaliating by launching a hybrid super PAC named Make My Day PAC, which he said is “dedicated to the Americans who refuse to be silenced by bad actors.” All of this began in 2016 when Walton County adopted an ordinance recognizing the public’s use of its coast for fishing and recreation through the legal concept of “customary use.” The response helped lead to the creation and passage of HB 631 in 2018, expanding the rights of beach-front property owners like Huckabee to claim ownership of the beach to the water’s edge, and preempting local governments like Walton County from declaring and enforcing customary use rights of others to beaches.
Source: FLAPOL

Uhlfelder To Huckabee: ‘Make My Day’. We’re just getting started,” he said. “We’re going to be supporting candidates who aren’t afraid to speak their mind — put truth to power.” With his twitter handle —@DWUhlfelderLaw — the Florida attorney said he wants to use his following to help others. “No way have I ever thought this would happen,” he said of his internet following. “It’s exciting to be moving to the next step.
Source: WUWF 88.1

Meet the Florida man who triggers Mike Huckabee. It is on behalf of these folks, and in defense of what Uhlfelder sees as the public’s right to enjoy Florida’s beaches, that the attorney has spent the last few years standing up and speaking out against a high-powered, politically-polluted effort to exclude Floridians and tourists alike from beaches that were once the lifeblood of ancient peoples and until recently, free for all to enjoy.
Source: Pensacola News Journal

Mike Huckabee complained about mean tweets — and it backfired spectacularly. When a persistent critic, a lawyer on the public side of the beach access battle, tweeted back with sarcasm and humor, Huckabee tried to silence him by filing a formal complaint with the Florida Bar. The complaint should be tossed out as a sham and an abuse of the system of disciplining lawyers,” Bousquet explained. When the complaint against him was filed, Uhfelder had 400 followers, but quickly grew his followers about 80,000.
Source: RawStory

Outrages on the soul of Florida: Ordinary folks and tourists kicked off the public’s sugary sand. The result of Huckabee’s tantrum is that Daniel Uhfelder, by all accounts a fine lawyer but hardly a household name, has increased his Twitter following (@DWUhfelderLaw) from 422 to nearly 80,000.
Source: Florida Phoenix

How to grow your Twitter following from 400 to 75,000 in one weekend: Get into a feud with Mike Huckabee. But Huckabee sure seems to get sensitive when the tables turn. Lawyer Daniel Uhlfelder found that out recently, the Sun-Sentinel reported, when he threw Twitter TWTR, +0.03% shade at Huckabee over the former Arkansas governor’s desire to keep the general public from having access to the beach in front of his $7-million Florida home.
Source: Market Watch

Mike Huckabee complains about “snowflakes,” yet tries to silence a Florida critic. That’s why it’s so fascinating to see Huckabee now trying to silence one of his own critics. As Sun-Sentinel columnist Steve Bousquet explained last weekend, Huckabee is going after a Florida lawyer who made some jokes about Huckabee on Twitter. The attorney was mocking Huckabee’s involvement in a case to close off public access to beaches near Huckabee’s coastal home. Among other things, the attorney called Huckabee a “beach thief” … On Saturday morning, @DWUhlfelderLaw had about 400 Twitter followers. By Saturday afternoon, he had 20,000. And by Wednesday, he was up to 76,900.
Source: The Orlando Sentinel

Panhandle politics puts Daniel in Huckabee’s lyin’ den And today, one of the Panhandle’s leading public fighters for folks’ access to the shoreline has been Walton County attorney Daniel Uhlfelder. If you’re not yet familiar with his name, you are probably familiar with his 2018 viral video of law enforcement officers reluctantly having to kick people off of public beaches in Walton County under order of the Huckabee-endorsed laws that aim to steal the sand from beneath working class Floridians’ feet. The video was viewed millions of times on social media.
Source: Pensacola News Journal

Mike Huckabee’s outrageous campaign to silence a Florida critic. When a persistent critic, a lawyer on the public side of the beach access battle, tweeted back with sarcasm and humor, Huckabee tried to silence him by filing a formal complaint with the Florida Bar. The complaint should be tossed out as a sham and an abuse of the system of disciplining lawyers. In his Bar complaint, Huckabee accuses lawyer Daniel Uhlfelder of “vile and unprofessional attacks” and “repeatedly posting disparaging information about me,” which Huckabee claims violate Bar rules on integrity of the legal profession.
Source: Sun Sentinel

Mike Huckabee’s Epic Fight to Keep Beachgoers Off His Patch of Florida Sand. Beach access activists say the legal fight has larger implications, not just for Florida but across the country, as wealthy, powerful people try to annex public beachfronts for their private benefit. “This is just the beginning,” says Santa Rosa Beach attorney Daniel Uhlfelder, one of the activists leading the fight against beach privatization. “If they’re able to pull this off, they’re going to take this to other coastlines around the country.
Source: Mother Jones

Citizens rising up against the Florida Legislature, Gov. Rick Scott, and private property zealots. You may remember the viral video this summer which showed a couple of Walton County sheriff’s deputies trying to show a beachgoer where he was allowed to sit on the beach. They literally had to draw a line in the sand. The beachgoer was local attorney Daniel Uhlfelder, who set up chairs in front of a condo complex, and someone called the Walton Sheriff’s Department. Deputies told Uhlfelder and his friend they were trespassing. Uhlfelder and one of the deputies walked towards the Gulf and drew a line. The “public” area they identify is in the wet sand along the wave break line – pretty much in the Gulf.
Source: Florida Phoenix

Duo test limits of beach access, governor’s order, enforcement. We’re at the vortex of a huge problem. Are we going to have public beaches or not?” he said. “Where I was sitting Saturday and Sunday was ground zero.”Gaffrey said confrontation with private property owners is a way that Walton County citizens not wealthy enough to afford lobbyists and attorneys and change laws can make a difference.
Source: NWF Daily News

Marlette: Meet the Florida man who triggers Mike Huckabee. Roughly a dozen yards from the gentle, January rolls of the Gulf of Mexico on a recent Monday morning, with sun-shimmering waters properly living up to destination marketing promises of the “Emerald Coast,” Walton County attorney Daniel Uhlfelder might have been trespassing on Florida beaches that Mike Huckabee claims for his own.
Source: Pensacola News Journal

Guest Column: People who support open beaches are not ‘ists.’ The small group of Walton County beachfront owners and lawyers driving hard for private beaches have taken to the name game to describe those of us who support open and public use of all of our beaches. We have been called socialists, agitators, communists, activists and other names I won’t mention here. They have also attempted to minimize overwhelming public sentiment on the matter of public beaches by directly targeting myself and attorney Daniel Uhlfelder as the “agitators.” A ridiculous notion, as though we are the only ones who want our beaches to be public.
Source: NWFdailynews.com

‘Brilliant and fierce’: Friends, admirers remember the life of Sandy D’Alemberte. Daniel Uhlfelder, Santa Rosa Beach real estate attorney and son of Steven Uhlfelder, chair of the former Board of Regents and D’Alemberte’s friend: “He was the best and touched my life to this day … In 1989, when I was in high school, Sandy was dean of FSU’s law school and Bill Clinton gave the commencement address. My dad, Sandy, Clinton and I had dinner (I was only 16), and afterwards, Clinton said he wanted to go out and see the town, so my dad and I took him around. Lo and behold, we went to Andrew’s and Clinton played saxophone (I went home because I had school the next day). Sandy was always exposing my family and me to interesting and influential people even when I was just a kid. I still communicated with him regularly. Just a few months ago we were discussing the beach access law that we are dealing with over here, sharing ideas and thoughts. He always took my calls and emails offering me advice or counsel when I knew he was the only lawyer who could answer my questions.”
Source: Florida Politics

Special Report: Union Men, Part 2. Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, attorney Daniel W. Uhlfelder represented a number of clients who sued after their investments in Redfish Village collapsed during the recession.
Source: Daily Memphian

It’s Not Augusta National. Daniel Uhlfelder and Dave Rauschkolb have been fighting the privatization of the beaches for years. A lawyer and a restaurant owner, they both know the value of the beaches to the local economy. They know what’s right and they have lots of supporters.
Source: The Beachcomber, Inc.

Simmering hostilities greet tourists in South Walton Walton County’s lines in the sand – The legal fight over beach property. Attorney Daniel Uhlfelder is a proponent of customary use and the attorney representing the group who wants to intervene on the county’s side of the issue. When discussing compromise, Mr. Uhlfelder is quoted: “What is a compromise? I don’t even know what that means,” said Daniel Uhlfelder, a customary use proponent and the attorney who represents the group that wants to intervene on the side of the county. “For hundreds of years people have used the beaches, and now they’re trying to say we can’t. The compromise is just letting people use the beach.”
Source: nwfdailynews

New Motions Filed – Customary Use Battle Leaves the Sand and Enters the Courtroom. Daniel Uhlfelder, founder of , P.A. is representing Florida Beaches for All, a group established for the specific purpose of preserving customary use.
Source: My panhandle

Fearing for the Future Santa Rosa Beach Attorney Daniel Uhlfelder was hired by The Florida Beaches For All group to help navigate the process of legally making Florida beaches a public domain.
Source: The Walton Sun

First court hearing held on county’s filing to affirm customary use of the beach Attorney Uhlfelder has filed a motion to intervene on behalf of property owners regarding customary recreational use of Walton County beaches.
Source: The DeFuniak Herald

Citizens rising up against the Florida Legislature, Gov. Rick Scott, and private property zealots Uhlfelder and one of the deputies walked towards the Gulf and drew a line. The “public” area they identify is in the wet sand along the wave break line – pretty much in the Gulf.
Source: Florida Phoenix

Mike Huckabee’s role in pushing controversial beach access law Santa Rosa Beach attorney Daniel Uhlfelder, a leader of Florida Beaches for All, a local group that wants to preserve beach use, said Huckabee’s view is wrong. “It’s not a private property rights issue,” Uhlfelder said. “It’s about the use of beaches.”
Source: Tampa Bay Times

Private Beaches In Florida Spark Battle With Residents And County Uhlfelder and other beach access activists are determined to challenge the new law. Up to now, their fight has been largely focused in Santa Rosa Beach at an upscale development called Vizcaya, where large houses overlooking the beach rent for thousands of dollars a week.
Source: National Public Radio, Inc.

Customary Use Public Meeting Delayed Until November “This was the meeting to consider the customary use ordinance for Walton County,” said Daniel Uhlfelder, Florida Beaches For All attorney.
Source: Mypanhandle.com

New nonprofit organization focuses on customary use of the beach Attorney Uhlfelder spoke about the Blessey v. Walton County lawsuit, which was filed in June by a Walton County beachfront property owner who is seeking to have the doctrine of customary use deemed unconstitutional.
Source: The DeFuniak Heral

New Florida Law Makes Some Beaches Off-Limits To Public, Sparking Standoff In Florida, a new law has stirred up a battle over one of the state’s most precious resources: its beaches.
Source: wbur.org

Walton County to Hold Public Hearing on Customary Use It’s the belief that beaches have been public property as long as humans have used them, which is why counties across Florida have passed customary use ordinances allowing access to both public access points and in front of beachfront homes.
Source: wuwf.org

Give Florida back its open beaches “Sun, sand and surf” used to be synonymous with life in the Sunshine State for tourists and residents alike. These days, it would be more accurate to say, “sun, some sand, and surf.”
Source: Tallahassee Democrat

Sen. Nelson blasts Florida Gov. Scott on new beach use law Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson stood in front of a “No Trespassing” sign Friday and criticized Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott for signing a bill that voided a Panhandle county’s ordinance that allowed the public to use otherwise privately owned beaches.
Source: The Washington Post

Nelson visits South Walton, calls for repeal of HB 631 Strategically stationed in front of a no trespassing sign warning people away from the Vizcaya community’s private beach, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson on Friday called for Gov. Rick Scott to convene a special session to immediately repeal HB 631.
Source: nfwdailynews.com

Grumpy rich people to public: Get off my lawn – er, public beach! Maybe we’ve all been taking our right to stroll unfettered along Florida’s beaches for granted. Because it looks like a flap that exploded last week over public beach access way up in the Panhandle’s Walton County may be a test case for a land grab by wealthy waterfront residents to shut out the rest of us.
Source: Florida Phoenix

Locals Protest Gov. Rick Scott’s Beach Access Law Walton County is at the center of the public beach access debate in Florida. Locals gathered at Santa Rosa beach in support of the customary-use ordinance that was established in the county in 2016.
Source: My Panhandle

Brad Drake town hall meeting focuses on customary use, HB 631 State Representative Brad Drake (R-Eucheeanna) sorted out the good, the bad, and the “dirty” about HB 631 at his July 17 town hall meeting at South Walton High School, also taking input from attendees, who numbered approximately 350.
Source: The DeFuniak Herald

Deputies tell man to leave portion of public beach for trespassing following new beach law A Walton County man tells ABC Action News, a private property owner called deputies on him two days in a row for sitting on a stretch of sand outside Vizcaya Dune Allen, a gated community on Santa Rosa Beach.
Source: ABC Action News

Videos highlight confusion, and one man’s fight, regarding Florida’s beach access law A weekend on the beach for one lawyer included lessons on wet sand versus dry sand, drawing lines in the sand and two separate encounters from Walton County deputies – all over the state’s new beach access law.
Source: WTSP

Line in The Sand: Shocking Video Shows Beach Trespassing! Rick Scott’s “Wet Sand Law” is so ridiculous that even he recommends that people ignore it, but as a colleague recently found out, not everyone is so willing to abandon this ill-conceived legislation.
Source: Weidner Law

Duo tests limits of beach access in Walton County Last week, an executive order from the governor urged state agencies and local governments to encourage beach access for the public. However, this weekend authorities were called when two beachgoers set up near a gated community in Walton County.
Source: WEAR TV

South Walton County resident Daniel Uhlfelder talks South Walton County resident Daniel Uhlfelder talks with Walton County Sheriff’s deputies about where exactly is the line between public and private beach near the Vizcaya neighborhood in Dune Allen.
Source: Northwest Florida Daily News

Two threatened with arrest after trespassing on Vizcaya Beach Daniel Uhlfelder and Justin Gaffrey were reportedly threatened with arrest Sunday morning after they were told they were trespassing on Vizcaya Beach.
Source: WJHG

Florida cops struggling to explain Rick Scott’s incredibly vague public beach law Last week, Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order telling authorities not to enforce his own dumb law limiting public beach access, and now, a video shows just how confusing this whole thing really is.
Source: Orlando Weekly

Beaches in Walton County are worthless Before you get upset with us about today’s headline, let us explain.”Worthless” isn’t to discount their beauty, how much people want to use them or how much people pay to live near them.
Source: nfw daily news

Legion apologizes for Nazi-type salutes at Boys Sates ‘Being Jewish is secondary to why I was offended,’ said Daniel Uhlfelder, 16, a student at Leon High School in Tallahassee. ‘The American Legion represents men who fought and men who died in World War II, so I thought it was hyocritical of them to let it go on.’
Source: UPI

High-Impact Lawyers On the surface, Daniel Uhlfelder’s professional life is pretty ordinary. His solo practice in Santa Rosa Beach does lots of general practice work: litigation, estate planning, real estate, family law … ordinary things. But there’s a streak of firebrand in his genes – more on that later – that occasionally leads him to do the extraordinary.
Source: 850 Business Magazine

Capes and Crowns Fun Run and 5k set for Jan. 30 at Baytowne Wharf Capes and Crowns is proudly presented by The Tree House Episcopal Montessori School and sponsored by The Village of Baytowne Wharf, John Lee Nissan Mazda, C.W. Roberts Contracting and Daniel Uhlfelder Attorney at Law, Foundations Medical Center, Abrakadoodle Art Education and Grayton Beer Company.
Source: The Walton Sun

Trendsetters: Today and Beyond High-impact leaders who are making a difference in Florida and beyond — but whose biggest contributions may be yet to come. The governors also make their picks.
Source: Florida Trend

Featured Profile: “The practice of law requires attention to detail, determination, patience and good listening skills. My firm’s goal is to provide our clients with all the legal services they need to address their problems, whatever they may entail. I enjoy the challenges involved in taking on complex cases, which other attorneys may shy away from. The bigger the challenge, or the bigger the opponent, the better has often been my philosophy.”
Source: 850-The Business Magazine

Most Influential in Politics Steve Uhlfelder is identified as one of the Most Influential in Politics.
Source: Florida Trend

County Removes Confederate Flag, Replaces It With Another Confederate Flag In the wake of the reignited controversy over the Confederate battle flag, Walton County, Florida, voted Tuesday to remove the flag from the county courthouse grounds — only to replace it with a different Confederate flag.
“It’s perplexing how this is perceived as any compromise,” Daniel Uhlfelder, a key force in the local movement to have the flag taken down, told The Huffington Post.
Source: Huffington Post

Confederate flag battle in Panhandle pits North against South “I’m hopeful,” says Daniel Uhlfelder, a 42-year-old lawyer, a 14-year resident and leader of the flag opponents who launched an online petition to have the flag removed. “It’s a divisive symbol that doesn’t belong on the courthouse grounds. It was immediately offensive to me. We’re the last courthouse in Florida that has a flag on the grounds.”
Source: Tampa Bay Times

Confederate flag is a symbol of racism and division We are not demanding removal of the Confederate battle flag from the Walton County courthouse with any political agenda, for the sake of political correctness, to destroy Southern history or to prevent anyone from flying the flag on private property. My wife and I are compelled to because of our own history. My grandfather was one of the few Jews who escaped Nazi Germany before the Holocaust and it would be against every grain of my body to sit on the sidelines on this issue.
Source:Northwest Florida Daily News

Walton County leaves Confederate flag flying — for now After a heated public hearing, the Walton County Commission on Tuesday voted to postpone for two weeks a vote on whether to take down the Confederate flag at the county courthouse in DeFuniak Springs.

Backroom Briefing: Confederate Flag Renews Old Hope Uhlfelder, who lives in Santa Rosa Beach, has renewed his attempt to purge the county courthouse of the flag. Uhlfelder, with the help of his wife Michelle, got the item on the Walton County Commission’s July 14 meeting agenda.
Source: Sunshine State News

Residents look to remove Confederate flag from Walton Co. Courthouse lawn Today, the country laid to rest the Reverend Clementae’ Pinckney, a victim of the Charleston church shooting. The death of those nine people inside a church has ignited the debate over a symbol the shooter has been associated with — the Confederate Flag. As multiple states have chosen to remove the it from government property, the flag still flies in DeFuniak Springs, and some residents are calling for its removal.
“In 2002, when I first saw it, it was difficult,” said Daniel Uhlfelder, an attorney. “You don’t always notice it when you go.”
Source: My Panhandle

Walton County latest battleground over Confederate flag Calling it disrespectful, a group of residents and members of the NAACP have started a petition to have the Confederate flag removed from the Walton County Courthouse in DeFuniak Springs, according to a report by WJHG-TV.
Attorney Daniel Uhlfelder told WJHG that “seeing the flag is not something that makes people comfortable.”
Source: Palm Beach Post

Walton County Residents Petition to Remove Confederate Battle Flag Today, the country laid to rest the Reverend Clementae’ Pinckney, a victim of the Charleston church shooting. The death of those nine people inside a church has ignited the debate over a symbol the shooter has been associated with — the Confederate Flag. As multiple states have chosen to remove the it from government property, the flag still flies in DeFuniak Springs, and some residents are calling for its removal.
Source: My Panhandle

Confederate Flag Flap Renews Old Hope The flap over Confederate flags now sweeping the nation is stirring in the Florida Panhandle, where folks who failed to get the controversial banner removed more than a decade ago have revived their efforts.
Source: CBS Miami

Letter: The Confederate Flag should be removed I love the South. I was raised in the South. I love its barbecue. I love spending Saturdays in the Fall watching as many SEC football games as possible, and I love the new SEC Network. Most of all, I love my wife, who was raised in Germantown and Atlanta and my two children who were born here in the South. I love almost everything it represents and would not live anywhere else in the world, but I do not love it when, in the name of “heritage,” we tie ourselves to a symbol that divides and hurts so many of us.
Source: The Walton Sun

Daniel Uhlfelder is not afraid of a challenge In 2001, Daniel Uhlfelder, P.A., traded his Tallahassee roots and suit and tie for a small beach town and flip-flops. Settling down on Scenic Road 30A, Uhlfelder started his own law firm – and shortly after, his own family – and settled into life on the laid-back Emerald Coast.
Source: The Walton Sun

Published on October 1st, 2012 in the 850 Business Magazine – Can you go it alone, or is it time to call a professional? Sooner or later, it’s going to happen to everyone. So experts and small business owners alike agree: Form a relationship with a business attorney before you need one.

Published on October 15, 2010 in The Florida Bar News – Sloppy paperwork exacerbates the foreclosure crisis – As Florida courts use a special state appropriation to attack a backlog of foreclosure cases, a major company has at least temporarily halted foreclosures after admitting it took shortcuts in preparing the necessary paperwork.

Published June 9, 2010 in the Orlando Sentinel – Gulf oil spill task force and BP make strange bedfellows – A panel of lawmakers, business owners, and bureaucrats appointed by Gov. Charlie Crist to review the economic fallout from the Gulf oil spill flirted briefly Wednesday with the idea of litigation.

Published May 10, 2010 in the Pensacola News Journal – Oil Leak is 5 Times Greater Than Reported by Officials – The amount of oil gushing from BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil disaster is five times more than what the oil company and the U.S. Coast Guard are currently estimating.

Published May 9, 2010 in the Pensacola News Journal – Experts Field Concerns at Pensacola Beach Forum – About 100 people gathered at Pensacola Beach on Saturday to hear a panel discuss the science of the Gulf oil spill and its potential effects on the Pensacola area.

Public Forum: Preparation for the Black Tide. The Science of an Oil Spill and Disaster Preparedness. This Saturday, May 8th, at 2:00pm, a panel of leading scientists, experts, and professionals will make themselves available to answer questions from the public about the short and long term impact of the BP oil spill on the ecology of the Gulf Coast and public health, and how best to protect yourself and your family. Hilton Garden Inn on Pensacola Beach – Saturday, May 8th – 2:00PM – White Sands Room

Published May 4, 2010 in the Tallahassee Democrat – Florida May Never Be The Same – Walton County, Florida prepares for the Gulf Coast Oil Spill to strike the coastline.

Published 9/1/2008 in Florida Trend: Daniel Uhlfelder was featured in Trendsetters: Today and Beyond – High-impact leaders who are making a difference in Florida and beyond.

AIA Contracts – July 15, 2008 (PDF):
This seminar is designed for attorneys, presidents, vice presidents, owners, project managers, architects, engineers, controllers, accountants and contractors.

August 21, 2007 – presented at a seminar on Important Topics In Florida Real Estate Development, which included information on Development – Florida Style; Due Diligence; Concurrency; Permitting; Review of Governmental Oversight of HOAs and Condominiums: Regulation by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation; and Real Estate Contract Litigation.

For Immediate Press Release – August 18, 2006: Governor Bush Appoints Twenty-Five to the Newly Created Committee for a Sustainable Emerald Coast

Civil Rights Lawyer wins “Foot Soldier in the Sand” Award: Civil rights lawyer , of in Santa Rosa Beach, has received the NAACPs Foot Soldier in the Sand Award for his work in a number of discrimination cases and on behalf of the NAACP.
Source : Florida Trend

Business owners say ‘homegrown’ company is bound for success: Jack Abbit and Daniel Uhlfelder believe the “homegrown” approach they are taking with their new business, Attorney Preferred Title, will offer an unparalleled sense of community loyalty to their clients.
Source : The Walton Sun

NAACP recognizes legal ‘foot soldier’: Santa Rosa Beach attorney Daniel Uhlfelder honored at organization’s national convention.
Source : Northwest Florida Daily News

The Republicrat: Steve Uhlfelder is a close friend of Gov. Jeb Bush – and of one of his opponents. What’s a power broker to do?
Source : St. Petersburg Times

Student in fear of labor recruiter: At least one Russian student is spending the holidays in fear of the labor recruiter who brought him to the United States.
Source : First Coast News