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Orange County Commissioners Vote to Appeal Temporary Injunction Enjoining Enforcement and Implementation of Rent Control Ordinance

November 17, 2022

On November 4, 2022, the Orange County Circuit Court entered an order granting Florida Association of Realtors and Florida Apartment Association a temporary injunction enjoining Orange County’s rent control ordinance, which was approved by residents on November 8, 2022. The temporary injunction was entered after the Fifth District Court of Appeals reversed the Circuit Court’s initial denial of the motion.

Today, the Orange County Board of County Commissioners voted to appeal the Circuit Court’s Order. As a result of this vote, the rent control ordinance will once again be scrutinized by the Fifth District Court of Appeals.

The County has until Monday, December 5, 2022, to file its notice of appeal. Appealing the order, absent further action by the Circuit Court, will not impact the effect of the injunction during the pendency of the appeal.


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Becky  Wilson is chair of the firm's Land Use, Zoning and Environmental Group. She represents property owners, developers, lenders and other development participants with issues related to zoning, comprehensive plans, concurrency, administrative law, Developments of Regional Impact (DRI’s), procurement issues, due diligence and property rights.


As early as sixth grade, Becky advocated for the causes she believed in. Her concern about nuclear waste and water contamination in her hometown of Dothan, Alabama – and her thorough research – promoted her to press a state legislator with questions in the school auditorium. Having grown up in the South, Becky got in trouble for questioning authority – yet that life experience served her well.

After clerking for a federal judge in Washington, D.C., Becky landed in Orlando, quickly building a reputation at Lowndes for being thorough, outspoken, and a tireless advocate for clients. She ultimately found her niche in land use, collaborating with architects, transportation engineers and local governments to move her clients’ projects – and Central Florida – forward. Becky became one of the youngest female shareholders at the firm. Today, she is Chair of the Land Use, Zoning and Environmental Group.

Her clients include property owners, developers, lenders and other participants in the development of high-rise, hotels, planned communities, large “power-centers,” mixed-use projects, office buildings and big box commercial projects, projects within historic districts, multi-family developments, senior living, and affordable housing. Becky works closely with the local government entities to address the needs of her clients related to zoning, comprehensive plans, concurrency, administrative lawDevelopments of Regional Impact (DRI’s), procurement issues, due diligence, and property rights.

Undoubtedly, Becky’s diligence, activism and Southern charm were responsible in part for her appointment as chair of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) of Central Florida District Council, a global multidisciplinary real estate organization with more than 40,000 members dedicated to the responsible use of land, and creating and sustaining thriving communities.

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Rebecca Rhoden focuses on commercial litigation, land use litigation, litigation relating to the Fair Housing Act, eDiscovery, appellate law and family and marital law.


In her practice, Rebecca routinely represents private and public clients in matters including commercial, land use, trade secrets, employment, breach of contract, commerce clause, and divorce and prenuptial agreement disputes, among others.

Rebecca has provided developers and clients with legal counsel and representation in Section 70.51 mediations. Her experience in land use and environmental dispute resolutions offers a unique benefit to clients navigating the alternative dispute resolution process following denial of a development order, zoning approval and other land use matters around the state.

Prior to joining Lowndes, Rebecca practiced in New York City with a large international firm, primarily in the area of securities litigation.

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