Secunda, the legal counsel behind Riverhead ResortsLLC's proposed 4.8 million gross sf of upscale hotels,condos and resorts project on 755 acres on the East End of LongIsland, tells that it isn't as easy as just creating aconcept and then developing it. "The project will takefour development phases over 10 years," Secunda says. "It will beat least two years from now before a shovel goes into theground."

[IMGCAP(2)]More than a year was consumed in negotiating thecontract with the Town of Riverhead and getting through therequired hearings, Secunda explains. "My client, John Niven, spentyears ruminating over the details of his ambitious project anddeciding who might constitute his 'dream team' of professionalswhich could actualize the concept." Niven, the chairman ofBaldragon Homes Ltd., a builder of luxury homes in Scotland, hadbuilt more than his share of large residential developments,according to Secunda, however, this would be his first foray"across the Pond" for business.

"His vision of the project was of a magnitude that would makeany experienced builder in New York flinch," Secunda says. Nivendecided that the first thing to do was to find a good law firm. Thefirm would need to have attorneys who knew the playing field ofdevelopment work on both the legal and business sides of the fence,Secunda explains, adding that "the attorneys would be his eyes andears in this country. They would need to know the correct people ingovernment and in the real estate community who paralleled those hedealt with at home."

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Natalie Dolce, editor-in-chief of and GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum, is responsible for working with editorial staff, freelancers and senior management to help plan the overarching vision that encompasses, including short-term and long-term goals for the website, how content integrates through the company’s other product lines and the overall quality of content. Previously she served as national executive editor and editor of the West Coast region for and Real Estate Forum, and was responsible for coverage of news and information pertaining to that vital real estate region. Prior to moving out to the Southern California office, she was Northeast bureau chief, covering New York City for Her background includes a stint at InStyle Magazine, and as managing editor with New York Press, an alternative weekly New York City paper. In her career, she has also covered a variety of beats for M magazine, Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel,, and Co-Ed magazine. Dolce has also freelanced for a number of publications, including and Museums New York magazine.