Mark P. Barnebey, Esq.
Florida Board Certified in City, County and Local Government Law

Land use and local government attorney Mark Barnebey gave an insightful presentation to the Florida State University (FSU) Department of Urban and Regional Planning students. Mark spoke about practical issues for planners and questions planners should be asking as they are becoming employed. This included how to effectively communicate planning ideas and differences from large and small employers, public and private employers.

The FSU Department of Urban & Regional Planning  is well-known for the award-winning projects that students have completed. Student projects have received both state and national awards for work that has had a direct impact on the clients and communities they serve. Mark and his wife, Marianne, are benefactors of the Barnebey Planning Lab and Studio (the “Barn”) in the Urban and Regional Planning Department at Florida State University. The Barn provides real life experience in actual planning projects being done by developers and state and local governments. Mark and Marianne’s gift allows the department not only to keep up with other planning schools, but to greatly outpace them with respect to the tools and learning environment FSU offers its students. In turn, this gift will have a multiplier effect across communities throughout Florida and the nation.

Mark is a Florida State University alumnus and is Board Certified in City, County and Local Government Law. He has practiced in land use and local government law for the past thirty-five (35) years. He has successfully represented clients regarding a wide variety of development projects including multi-use projects, an arena, and a power plant. He served as the senior land use attorney for Manatee County for 13 years and as School Board Attorney or special counsel for another 12 years. He currently serves as City Attorney for the City of Palmetto, and counsel for several special districts and agencies. He also has served as a mediator, special magistrate and hearing officer for various governmental entities on purchasing, land use, and other government aspects.

To learn more about Mark Barnebey, visit and for more information on Florida State University’s Department of Urban & Regional Planning, click here.


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