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March 15, 2013
Coastline planning program set for April

The Environmental and Land Use Law Section is one of a number of partners working to bring a Florida Sea Grant program called “Adaptive Planning for Coastal Change — Legal Issues for Local Government” to attorneys and planners in Southeast Florida on April 19.

The workshop will feature presentations on understanding and addressing climate vulnerabilities in local communities, relevant aspects of takings jurisprudence under the U.S. Constitution, and addressing claims under Florida’s Bert J. Harris, Jr., Private Property Rights Protection Act, and what the case of Jordan et al. v. St. Johns County signals for the future.

Thomas Ruppert, who works as Florida Sea Grant’s coastal planning specialist, says the workshop “focuses on takinging law developed out of legal research by attorneys around the Gulf of Mexico. We embarked on this research in response to a report indicating that local governments don’t do sufficient planning for coastal hazards in part because of legal concerns related to private property.”

Along with ELULS, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is a key partner in delivering this program to local government attorneys and planners, which is supported by funding through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Other partners include the Palm Beach Planning Congress.

The workshop will be held at the Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center in Davie. Visit http://eluls.org/adaptive-planning-for-coastal-change/ to access the link for online registration.

[Revised: 06-16-2013]