Adaptive Planning for Sea-Level Rise

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    


Potable Reuse for Florida 

The Florida WateReuse Association, in partnership with the Southwest Florida Water Management District, the St. Johns Water Management District and the South Florida Water Management District, invites FAC members to participate in a one-day workshop with discussions by water experts, regulators and policymakers regarding potable water supply and wastewater disposal issues. This symposium is designed to provide relevant information to consider when making decisions regarding future water supply and wastewater disposal issues facing their community.


The workshop will benefit elected officials, utility managers, local government planners and engineers, state and federal regulators, students, and faculty responsible for identifying, evaluating and implementing water supply and wastewater disposal initiatives.


The workshop will be held at the Hyatt Regency - Orlando International Airport, on Friday, March 22, 2013, from 8 :30 am to 3:30 pm.   


$35.00 which includes all sessions, breaks and lunch

For more information, please see the following link: