Douglas J. Sale is a Founding Partner with the Firm. His primary areas of practice are local government, public finance, and land use law. In addition, he heads the Firm’s local government and public finance departments. He also maintains an active United States Coast Guard 100 Ton Masters License.
Mr. Sale served as the City Attorney for the City of Panama City Beach from 1981 until 2017 when HSMc Attorney Amy Myers with the firm succeeded him in that position. He serves as General Counsel for the Bay County Tourist Development Council and the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc., and is the former General Counsel for First Florida Governmental Financing Commission and former General Counsel and Public Finance Counsel for Bay Medical Center, a special district. In addition, he serves as General Counsel for the Panama City Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, and was the City's lead representative in the financing and development of the Pier Park redevelopment project on Panama City Beach. He is serving as Special Counsel to the Panama City Community Redevelopment Agency regarding the City Marina and mixed use redevelopment project.
Mr. Sale earned his J.D., Cum Laude, from the University of Florida, where he served on the Law Review and as a Member of the Order of the Coif. He earned his B.A., Magna Cum Laude, from Vanderbilt University, majoring in Political Science with additional emphasis on Economics, and was chosen to be a Member of the Tennessee Alpha Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
Mr. Sale is admitted to practice in Florida and in the federal court in the Northern District of Florida.
Free Enterprise vs. Economic Incentives: The Evolution of the “Public Purpose” Fulcrum
BY: DOUGLAS J. SALE
Published in Stetson Law Review, May 2017