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Brendan Lynch Comments on Orange County's Grant Program for the Arts

October 27, 2020

Shareholder Brendan Lynch, who serves as chairman of United Arts of Central Florida,  was quoted in the Orlando Business Journal regarding Orange County's grant program for supporting local arts and cultural organizations during the pandemic.

Orange County is providing $5 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for two grant programs that will cover costs related to personal protective equipment and outdoor performances. United Arts is managing and administering the grant programs through an application process.

"We expect at a minimum of several dozen groups," said Lynch. "We know through the first few hours, five groups started applying this morning when the portal opened."

Read the article: Orange County Launches Assistance for Arts, Cultural Nonprofits (Subscription required)

S. Brendan

A Virginia native originally with aspirations to become a journalist, Brendan Lynch fell in love with Florida and has made it his home since 2005. He represents both commercial and residential property land owners, as well as tenant business owners, in issues of property tax valuation and eminent domain/condemnation.

Brendan assists property owners throughout Florida with their property tax appeals, including assessment reviews, direct negotiations with county property appraisers, appeals to the Value Adjustment Board, and trial and appellate court proceedings. His clients include apartment projects, big box stores, condominiums, commercial strip centers, hotels, residences, student housing, vacant land, and other retail buildings.

With broad experience handling many different types of exemption applications, Brendan often assists clients from the application stage through challenges, to denial of any exemption, through trial and appellate court proceedings. These exemption applications include agricultural, conservation easements, healthcare, homestead, military housing, non-profit, religious, and senior living.

Typically, the eminent domain cases involve a governmental entity (Florida Department of Transportation, county, city, expressway authority, or other state agency) or private utility with condemnation powers seeking to take land from the property owners. Interestingly, Brendan has also represented condemning authorities on special projects – bringing a perspective from both sides of the table.

Brendan’s love for his adopted hometown of Orlando is reflected in his commitment to the community and its cultural diversity. A long-time advocate for the arts and former chair of the United Arts of Central Florida’s Board of Directors, Brendan helped steer the largest Collaborative Campaign in the organization’s history (over $3 million). He has also served in leadership roles for the Adult Literacy League, the Orange County Teen Court, and the Heart of Florida United Way.

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