The City of St. Augustine Charter of 1925 provides that the City Commission shall appoint a City Attorney to act as the legal adviser to, and attorney and counselor for, the municipality and all of its officers in matters relating to their official duties. Our City Attorney is Isabelle C. Lopez.
As the city attorney, Ms. Lopez provides the City Commission, its boards and committees, as well as, City staff, with a wide range of legal representation on issues ranging from contracts to constitutional law. The City Attorney attends all meetings of the City Commission, Planning and Zoning Board, Historic Architectural Review Board, Code Enforcement, Adjustments and Appeals Board, and Community Redevelopment Agency. The City Attorney also prosecutes criminal and non-criminal City ordinance violations in the County Court system.
If you are planning to attend a public hearing at the City, you may want to read these frequently asked questions beforehand. (FAQ's)
Please remember that we value everyone's input and ask that you participate with civility in conformance with Resolution 2015-36.
Resolution 2016-47 provides that the City Attorney may hire outside counsel from time-to-time to assist her in the representaton of the City's legal interest. This resolution, known as the reorganizational resolution, is re-adopted every two years after each election, and also contains the procedural rules of meetings.
Assistant City Attorney
Use of the City Seal is prohibited without the consent and written authorization of the City Commission pursuant to section 2-1 of the city code. Further, unauthorized use is punishable under Florida Statute 165.043 as a second degree misdemeanor.
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We hope that the information found here will help you understand the role of the City Attorney, and navigate links to the City Charter, City Code and other federal, state and local agencies that can provide you with more legal information.
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Mailing Address: P. O. Box 210, St. Augustine, FL 32085-0210
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