Caleb J. Grimes


Caleb J. Grimes

Mr. Grimes specializes in land use law, representing national, regional and local developers in the investigation, acquisition, zoning and site plan approval, financing and sale of real property. He has handled approvals, updates, extensions and changes for numerous developments of regional impact, known as “DRI’s.” As part of the land use process he assists in the issue of all types of permits relating to the development and use of property, and has secured all manner of development rights using his experience with growth management laws, governmental comprehensive development plans and land development codes, as well as his experience as a litigator.

Mr. Grimes also works with developers and property owners in connection with securing incentives from the State and local governments relating to the development of the property. As part of the land use process, Mr. Grimes also handles the transactions needed with the acquisition and development, including letters of intent, partnership agreements and purchase and sale agreements. One of the most important aspects of acquisition of land for development is the due diligence required to assure that the property can be developed as envisioned. Mr. Grimes has assisted in due diligence on many such transactions.


  • University of Florida College of Law J.D. (honors, 1978)
  • University of Florida B.A., Political Science (honors, 1975 Phi Beta Kappa)

Community Involvement

  • Member, Board of Directors of Manatee Memorial Hospital
  • Past member of the Partners’ Council of the Manatee County Economic Development Corporation
  • Past Chairman and President for the Foundation for the Boys & Girls Club of Manatee County
  • Past Director and Officer for the Manatee County Family YMCA
  • Past Director and Officer for the Manatee County the American Heart Association
  • Past Member of the School Advisory Committee for Jessie P. Miller
  • Past Director and Officer of the Palmetto High School Foundation
  • Past President of the United Soccer Association and Youth competitive league;
  • Competitive Youth Soccer Coach

Bar & Other Professional Affiliations

  • Florida Bar Association; Environmental and Land Use Law Sections
  • Manatee County Bar Association; Land Use and Commercial Real Estate Sections
  • Title insurance agent for Old Republic Title Insurance Company, Attorney’s Title Insurance Fund and Chicago Title Insurance Company
  • Admitted to practice before all Courts in the State of Florida, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the Federal Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States
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