BLINN v. WEST SHORE VILLAS OF NAPLES OWNERS ASSOCIATION INC

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Robert BLINN, Appellant, v. WEST SHORE VILLAS OF NAPLES OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., Appellee.

Case Nos. 2D17–2565

Decided: April 25, 2018

Andrew B. Greenlee of Andrew B. Greenlee, P.A., Sanford, for Appellant. Robert G. Menzies of FisherBroyles, LLP, Naples, for Appellee.

In these consolidated appeals, Robert Blinn appeals the final judgment entered in favor of West Shore Villas of Naples Owners Association, Inc. (the Association), in Blinn's action against the Association for trespass, breach of the declaration of covenants, and private nuisance and a second final judgment awarding the Association its attorney's fees.

We reject without comment Blinn's arguments relating to the substantive final judgment concerning whether his claims were barred by the statute of limitations, waiver, or laches. However, as to the attorney's fees judgment, Blinn is correct that the trial court erred when it included in that judgment the Association's appellate attorney's fees incurred in an earlier appeal in which this court specifically denied the Association's motion for appellate fees. See, e.g., Bartow HMA, LLC v. Kirkland, 146 So.3d 1213, 1215 (Fla. 2d DCA 2014) (“A trial court cannot award appellate attorney's fees unless the appellate court has authorized such an award.” (quoting Rados v. Rados, 791 So.2d 1130, 1131 (Fla. 2d DCA 2001) ) ). The Association has properly conceded error. Hence, on this limited point, we reverse the final judgment awarding attorney's fees and remand for the trial court to recalculate the fee award after deducting the improper appellate attorney's fees. In all other respects, we affirm.

Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.

VILLANTI, Judge.

MORRIS and BADALAMENTI, JJ., Concur.

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