Lawyer-lobbyist is new chairman of Broward Days group

Sun Sentinel

Fort Lauderdale lawyer-lobbyist Mike Colodny is the new chairman of Broward Days, the bipartisan group that brings business and government leaders together to advocate for the county in Tallahassee.

Change could be coming to the 20-year-old institution based on Colodny’s comment in a statement issued Friday: “My task is to revitalize and again make relevant the message and advocacy that Broward Days has delivered to our state’s leadership in Tallahassee for over a decade.”

Colodny is founder and managing partner of Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb, which has offices in Fort Lauderdale and Tallahassee. The firm’s website says he specializes in lobbying, insurance and commercial real estate.

His lobbyist registration form shows he has a long list of clients with interests before the state Legislature. During this year’s legislative session, he lobbying clients included the Broward School Board, the Broward League of Cities, the Florida Police Chiefs Association, Dosal Tobacco Corp., and the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America.

He was picked on Monday, according to a news release issued Friday.

“Broward Days’ foremost mission is to bring the message of our county’s vast resources and specific needs to Tallahassee, and to provide a productive forum in which our legislative and executive policymakers can see firsthand Broward’s massive economic and cultural development,” he said in the statement.

“From the billions of dollars that flow through Port Everglades, Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and tourism industry, to our state-of-the-art education, health care and entertainment facilities, the ingredients are on the table for Broward Days to create new enthusiasm, build new constituencies and afford value to its new and long-term sponsors in delivering our message.” 

Colodny has had extensive government experience in Miami-Dade County and in sate government.

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