Right of Way Florida's Turnpike

Right of Way Home Property Contacts Links & Forms
Joe Jeffers
Right of Way Manager

Orlando Headquarters
Turkey Lake Service
Plaza, Milepost 263
Ocoee, FL 34761
407-532-3999

"To provide high quality real estate services with a commitment to maintaining respect, integrity and transparency in all real estate transactions."

Our primary mission is to acquire the real property necessary for the construction of transportation facilities. The links below provide more information about our programs.

The Office of Right of Way uses real estate appraisals to help determine what the Department will offer land owners when their property is needed to be purchased as part of a transportation project. A qualified appraiser performs an appraisal estimating the market value of the property to be purchased which is then reviewed for accuracy and clarity.

Appraisals prepared for the Department must conform to the national Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and the FDOT Supplemental Appraisal Standards. Once an appraisal report has gone through the review process and is accepted by the Department Turnpike Reviewer of the appraisal report will recommend what compensation should be paid for the purchase. Only Florida Department of Transportation employees may establish recommended compensation.

Turnpike appraisal personnel and consultants also estimate the cost associated with purchasing properties for proposed transportation projects and prepare written cost estimates. The function of the cost estimates is to aid the decision-making process to insure the cost-effective design of projects, forecast budgetary needs, and aid in cash-flow management.

General questions about the valuation program may be directed to:

Barbara Strouse
Cert Gen RZ796
Barbara.Strouse@dot.state.fl.us
407-264-3032

If FDOT is going to acquire my property, do I need to retain an appraiser and attorney?
The Department has a policy of not making it necessary for a property owner to pursue legal proceedings. The Department makes every effort to acquire rights in real property by negotiation. If you believe that you need assistance in negotiations, or if you wish a second appraisal or legal opinion, the Department will reimburse you for reasonable fees for an attorney of your choice and an appraisal prepared by a State of Florida certified real estate appraiser.

How do I know if the offer to acquire my property is fair?
The Department has policies to encourage and expedite the acquisition of real property by agreement with owners, to avoid litigation, to assure consistent treatment for owners and promote confidence in the Department's land acquisition program. The Department typically retains independent real estate appraisers who must make an in-depth appraisal and analysis of your property and determine the effects of the taking and construction on your remainder property. The Department will make an offer that is not less than the amount of the approved appraisal and will provide you with a written statement of and summary of the basis for the offer. The statement will include an allocation of value for the part taken and report the amount of damages if applicable.

What if the remainder property has little or no use to me?
If the Department determines that the remainder property has little or no value or utility to you, the Department may make an additional offer to acquire the remainder property.

The acquisition program is responsible for buying the property that the Department needs for building and improving Florida’s transportation infrastructure. Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) buys property through voluntary transactions or by invoking “eminent domain” powers granted by law. In Florida, this requires that “full compensation” be paid to every affected property owner. We assign right of way agents to every property owner to help settle fair terms for purchase and to provide the best possible advice and explanation. Usually, we are able to reach fair settlement terms without taking legal action. At all times we strive to treat affected property owners with respect and careful consideration.

General questions about the acquisition program may be directed to:

Nick Bowman
Nick.Bowman@dot.state.fl.us
407-264-3436.

When do you start property acquisition?
Once the design of the project is mature and funding is in place, the Department may start acquiring property.


How will I know that acquisition has started?
The Department will write to you to let you know.


How do we negotiate compensation?
If it is a voluntary acquisition project, the Department will contact you to ask you if you would be interested in selling your property for a reasonable price. The agent will ask you if you’d be willing to have your property appraised. With your consent, independent valuation of your property will be followed by a negotiating period where neither side is compelled to buy/sell the property.

If it is an eminent domain project, your property will be valued by an independent appraisal expert hired by the Department. You will be offered at least the amount of the appraised value. Then you will have an opportunity to negotiate with a right of way agent. If you need your own appraisal report, the Department will pay a reasonable fee to your appraiser. If negotiations don’t result in settlement, the Department may file an eminent domain suit to acquire title. You will be protected by Florida Statutes that require the payment of “full compensation”, even if a jury trial is required to determine the appropriate amount.


Some right of way projects conducted by Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) provide relocation assistance to affected property owners and tenants. The right of way agent assigned to you will let you know whether relocation benefits are available. If benefits are available, you will be interviewed at the beginning of the project. This will provide you a great opportunity to explain your concerns and the agent can explain how the relocation program works.

General questions about the acquisition program may be directed to:

Nick Bowman
Nick.Bowman@dot.state.fl.us
407-264-3436.

When will I have to move?
You won’t have to move until we buy your property. Most households and businesses receive six months or more from the day that they receive written explanation of the relocation benefits available to them. In no circumstances can any affected household or business be asked to move in less than three months. When we buy the property, we will issue a thirty-day notice to vacate the premises.


Where do I have to move to?
You can choose to move anywhere in the United States and claim relocation benefits. If you qualify as a displaced person who moves from a dwelling (including a mobile home) or who moves from a business, farm or nonprofit organization, you will be compensated for your actual moving and related expenses, as the Agency determines to be reasonable and necessary. FDOT generally reimburses the first fifty miles of mileage charges and pays for packing, unpacking and insurance of your personal property. None of the other relocation benefits are limited by the location of the replacement property you choose.



I don’t have time to move! Will someone help me organize things?
Yes! A relocation agent will be assigned to help coordinate your move.


Someone in my family has special needs. Will FTE do anything to accommodate them?
Please explain your situation to your relocation agent. Replacement accommodation can be modified to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This includes the construction of ramps for wheelchair ingress and egress, the lowering of countertops, widening of doorways, adding grab-bars to bathrooms, etc.


My business would really suffer if it had to move. Is there anything that can be done to help?
If relocation benefits are available, they do extend to businesses. If you have a specialist business, we may be able to pay for a specialist relocation move planner.


I don’t want to move my business in my peak season. Can I wait till the off-season?
Possibly. To the extent that the project schedule permits we will work with you to plan your move for a convenient time.


What if I’m not sure about where I want to go? Will FTE pay for storage expenses?
FTE has the discretion to elect to compensate for up to twelve months’ storage.


How do I get started?
At the beginning of the project, you will be contacted by a relocation agent seeking to interview you. You will be provided eligibility notices around the time that FTE makes its first written offer to purchase the required property. You can file relocation claims at any time after that.


General questions about the acquisition program may be directed to:

Nick Bowman
Nick.Bowman@dot.state.fl.us
407-264-3436.

The Property Management Program is responsible for clearing property purchased for transportation purposes. This includes conducting an inventory and inspection of all real and personal property acquired by the Department. If the property is not vacant and has improvements on it (i.e. structures, wells, fences, trees, etc.), Property Management is responsible for ensuring that these items are removed from the property and the land is clear and ready for the construction of the transportation facility.

Managing the sale and leasing of surplus and temporarily surplus property is another function of the Property Management Program area. Such sales/leases may occur via negotiated sale/lease, public auction, sealed bid or public purpose conveyance/lease. Properties available for purchase or lease are listed on our web site.

General questions about the Property Management Program may be directed to either:

Nicole Hanna
Nicole.Hanna@dot.state.fl.us,
407-264-3045,

Or

Rossanna Rodriguez
Rossanna.Rodriguez@dot.state.fl.us,
407-264-3618

How do I find out about properties available for sale or lease?
The list of properties that may be available for purchase or lease is available on our web site. If the property is not listed, contact one of  our Property Managers and they will determine whether the property is surplus to the Department's transportation needs.


How do I find out about non-real estate items (mobile homes, buildings, ceiling fans, garage door openers, etc.) that FDOT is disposing of?
Contact one of our Property Managers and they will provide necessary information to you. Items may be sold through negotiations, or a competitive bidding process.


Who should I contact to inform or inquire about what appears to be an illegal use of state owned right of way?
Contact one of our Property Managers and they will direct your inquiry to the appropriate individual, depending upon the type of use being inquired about.


General inquiries can be made to the Florida's Turnpike Enterprise Right of Way department through the following email address:
FTE.Rightofway@dot.state.fl.us

Excess/Surplus Property

Florida's Turnpike Enterprise owns property throughout the State that has been deemed to be excess or surplus property. Excess property is defined as FDOT-owned property, of any value, located outside of the current operating right of way limits, but which the District Secretary or designee has not determined its future transportation use. This may include uneconomic remnants, remnants created when design or construction requirements change after acquisition, and remnants resulting from a voluntary acquisition of a remainder property. Surplus Property is defined as FDOT-owned property, of any value, located outside of the current operating right of way limits, which has no present transportation purpose and which the District Secretary or authorized designee has determined, in writing, has no future transportation purpose.

Excess property may be available for sale or lease to the public after it has been declared surplus. The Turnpike is actively reviewing excess property to determine if it may be declared surplus. Surplus property is currently available for lease or purchase. If you are interested in purchasing or leasing an excess or surplus property, you may complete the request form below or contact one of our staff members. Your request will be reviewed and you will be notified as to whether the property is available for surplus review or available for purchase or lease. More information regarding the surplus review and sale/lease process is provided at the links below.


Map of Excess/Surplus Property

Properties for Sale


For information regarding the purchase or lease of Turnpike property, please send an email to FTE.Rightofway@dot.state.fl.us.

Right of Way Current & Upcoming Projects

The following is a list of projects with Right of Way funds programmed in our current 5 year work program.
Click on the project for more information.

Contacts

General inquiries can be made to the Florida's Turnpike Enterprise Right of Way department through the following email address:
FTE.Rightofway@dot.state.fl.us

Joe Jeffers

Joseph Jeffers
Right of Way Manager

Joe is a 3rd generation native Floridian, born and raised in south Florida. He has over 30 years of extensive experience in right of way acquisition, property management, project management, program management, relocation, civil engineering and highway and utility construction. His background includes managing the acquisition of over 4,000 parcels of land on multiple county, state and federal projects throughout the states of Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina and South Carolina. His experience includes oversight of large teams of right of way professionals focused on meeting production schedules on fast paced design/build projects. Joe is a licensed real estate broker in the states of Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.

Nick Bowman

Nick Bowman
Deputy Right of Way Manager - Production

Nick joined the Turnpike in 2014 as the Deputy Right of Way Manager, Production. His responsibilities include the oversight of the Acquisition and Relocation programs. Nick has 23 years of right of way experience, 21 of which were with private consulting firms. He has provided right of way services for thirty agencies in five states. A British national right now, Nick hopes to become a US citizen in the near future. He lives in Tampa with his wonderful daughter, Abby. Nick has a keen interest in geopolitics and likes to kayak, play guitar and watch his Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Barbara Strouse

Barbara Strouse
Deputy Right of Way Manager - Valuation Services

Barbara serves as the Deputy Right of Way Manager, Valuation Services, and has over 30 years of experience in real estate and appraisal. Barbara sold real estate and prepared appraisals as a sole proprietor for several years after she obtained a finance degree with a concentration in real estate from the University of Florida. She is a State Certified General Appraiser, Certified Public Manager and an active member of the International Right of Way Association. Barbara likes spending time with her husband, Jerry, and 4 rescue dogs. She enjoys the beach, cars, mixed media crafts, photography, E-Bay, and being a Gator Fan.

Karen Schaack

Karen Schaack
Deputy Right of Way Manager - Operations

Born and raised in Orlando, Karen started with the Right of Way Department at Florida's Turnpike in 2004 as a Technical Coordinator responsible for Primavera schedules and work program reporting. Her current responsibilities as the Deputy Right of Way Manager, Operations, include the oversight of property management, systems maintenance and development, work program development and records and funds management. Karen enjoys spending time with her two daughters and her new grandson. Her interests also include movies, going to the beach, playing piano and going to the dog park with her two dogs.

Nicole Hanna

Nicole Hanna
Property Management Administrator

Born and raised in Florida, Nicole joined the Turnpike in 2015 as the Property Management Administrator. She came to the Turnpike from District 5, where she has over 13 years of service primarily with Right of Way and the General Counsel's Office. Her responsibilities include the oversight of the right of way clearing activities, management of our excess and surplus property inventory, surplus property sales and encroachment issues. She has an Associate's Degree in Paralegal Studies and is a Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her son, going to the beach and attempting DIY home improvement projects.

Sandra Boemler

Sandra Boemler
Records and Funds Administrator

Sandra joined the Turnpike in 2005 working in the Surveying and Mapping department. Her current responsibilities include the management of all Right of Way records and funds activities. Sandra is a Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate.

Chad Marcus

Chad Marcus
Project Manager

Chad is HNTB's qualifying broker and Right of Way Project Manager at Florida's Turnpike Enterprise. Chad joined the team in 2015. Prior to moving up to Orlando, Chad was a FDOT District 4 Right of Way Project Manager in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Over the past 9 years Chad has managed complex R/W projects, parcel acquisitions, residential and business relocations and various property management functions. In addition to his project management duties, Chad manages the Turnpike's Right of Way in-house GEC staff. Chad enjoys traveling, kayaking and the beach.

Jackie Kinker

Jackie Kinker
Paralegal

Jackie Kinker has been a paralegal for over 35 years and joined the Turnpike Right of Way staff with Atkins North America in 2000 as a paralegal supporting the Turnpike's eminent domain attorneys. Her responsibilities include overseeing the eminent domain litigation schedule, preparing all suit packages and other documents for eminent domain litigation as well as the liasion for Legal and Right of Way Departments. She also has experience as a Right of Way Agent and Relocation Agent while she worked for Atkins as a Consultant to the North Carolina Department of Transportation. She is a Registered Paralegal with the Florida Bar Association and holds her real estate broker's license in North Carolina and Georgia. Jackie enjoys traveling, classic cars with her husband and spending time with her family on the lake.

Patrick Satchfield

Patrick Satchfield
Property Management Agent

Patrick is a fresh face at the Turnpike, having just recently joined in late 2015. He is responsible for managing leases, right of way clearing activities, and excess/surplus property inspections and maintenance. He also liaises with technology development to help create innovative tools for use in Right of Way activities. Patrick has a background in Retail Management and Human Resources, and is a licensed Florida Real Estate Sales Associate. His interests include sports, technology, and movies.

Rossanna Rodriguez

Rossanna Rodriguez
Property Manager

Rossanna joined the Florida’s Turnpike early 2016 and serves as the Property Manager with the Right of Way Team. She is responsible for the management and sale of the excess and surplus properties. Rossanna is a Licensed Real Estate Agent. Her background includes working in residential and commercial real estate, the mortgage lending industry, credit evaluation, as well as financial planning. She has two lovely daughters and three adorable grandchildren. In addition to her family, she enjoys all outdoor activities, reading, traveling and the beach.

Deborah Lord

Deborah Lord
Technical Coordinator

Deborah has more than 25 years of experience in executive support, contract and office administration, and reporting. Her responsibilities include Sharepoint assistance, GIS map support, RWMS support and contract invoice processing. Over the past 25+ years she has played a major role in construction administration for corporate and field construction offices. Deborah has a creative spirit, she enjoys decorating, sewing and making jewelry. She also enjoys the outdoors in Florida between October and April. Travel is also at the top of her list, she still has a lot of the USA to see and most of Europe. Costa Rica is also on the schedule for 2018.

Tyler McConnell

Tyler McConnell
Technical Coordinator

Tyler joined the Turnpike's Right of Way team in 2015 as a Technical Coordinator. Tyler's responsibilities include Primavera scheduling, RWMS data entry and MRE reports and SharePoint support. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, he relocated to Florida after graduating with his Bachelor's in Accounting and looks forward to the three days of cold weather every year in Florida. He currently helps lead three separate ministries at his church in Orange City and devotes most of his free time to those efforts. His personal interests also include photography, technology and history.