The Florida Sea Grant College Program, with support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will present a full-day workshop “Adaptive Planning for Sea-Level Rise—Legal Issues for Local Government” on April 19, 2013 in Broward County, Florida.  The workshop is designed especially for local government planners and attorneys and would also benefit local government administrators, staff and elected officials. It has been anticipated that 7 CLE credits will be available for attorneys and 5 CM credits for planners (1.5 of which qualify as legal credits).

Presenters will discuss:

  • Understanding and addressing climate vulnerabilities in local communities
  • Aspects of takings jurisprudence under the U.S. Constitution
  • The importance of presenting information to purchasers of coastal property
  • Addressing claims under the Bert J. Harris Jr. Private Property Rights Protection Act
  • A bellwether case informing future issues that other local governments will face

Presenters scheduled to speak include:

  • Dr. Nancy Gassman, Nat. Res. Admin., Broward County Nat. Res. Planning & Mgmt.
  • Attorney Erin Deady, Deady Law
  • Kim Lundgren, AICP, Climate & Energy Practice Leader, VHB Miller Sellen
  • Patrick McCormack, County Attorney, St. Johns County, Florida
  • Michael Allan Wolf, University of Florida Levin College of Law
  • Sam Riley Medlock, Policy Counsel, Assoc. of State Flood Plain Managers
  • Dr. Rich McLaughlin, Marine Law & Policy, Hart Research Inst., Texas A&M
  • Thomas Ruppert, Coastal Planning Specialist, UF/IFAS - Florida Sea Grant
  • Julie Dennis, Planning Analyst, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

Stay tuned for more details.  Should you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Thomas Ruppert (352) 392-5870 or