Attorneys Leigh Fletcher and Tina Fischer established Rising Tide Innovation Center to meet the needs of small business owners, entrepreneurs, veterans, solo professionals, and STEM start-ups for a professional collaborative workspace in St. Petersburg.
We are developing a community of like-minded people who want to grow their businesses and who are looking for the resources to succeed. We have located our law office in Rising Tide Innovation Center because we are committed to being part of the entrepreneurial community in downtown St. Petersburg. We look forward to connecting with you and coworking together in the future.
Leigh works with developers, lenders and government agencies structuring public/private partnerships and obtaining entitlements and environmental permits to facilitate redevelopment of contaminated properties, blighted neighborhoods and distressed projects. Ms. Fletcher also assists clients with due diligence, land acquisition, land use entitlement and development infrastructure financing.
Many of Tina’s clients are building businesses that require the acquisition of land. Tina offers the flexibility and experience to work with smaller clients who need large firm expertise at smaller firm rates. Tina gets great satisfaction helping business owners who are not at a “big firm” level, but need the same experience and service to get there. Helping small business grow through land acquisition is Tina’s forte.
Tina is also the go-to person in Tampa for residential real estate-related issues. For clients with boundary and property rights disputes, Tina works to resolve problems before they escalate. Tina has a strong dispute resolution focus and can successfully help homeowners live happily and harmoniously with neighbors.
For commercial and retail clients including office complexes, retail stores, and restaurants, Tina works with local land use and zoning agencies to secure approvals necessary to establish and operate their businesses. Tina also assists commercial clients to resolve code enforcement issues, and other areas including landlord tenant disputes.
Tina is a member of the National Association of Development Companies (NADCO), and assists Community Development Corporations and small business owners in securing Small Business Administration financing. For small business clients, Tina reviews SBA documents, handles the loan closing, and provides ongoing advice on interpreting terms of the loan. With her CDC clients, Tina works closely with borrower’s counsel on the development of loan documentation and closing the transaction.
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