37th Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School

Seminar, Sponsorship
July 18-21, 2023
JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort
400 S Collier Blvd
Marco Island, FL 34145

Holland & Knight is proud to sponsor the 37th Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School on July 18-21.

The Environmental Permitting Summer School is part of the Florida Chamber Foundation's ongoing effort to keep its members and other business organizations informed of the environmental laws impacting the Sunshine State's residents and businesses. It is attended by more than 1,000 attorneys, consultants, engineers, state and local government officials, developers, landowners and others with an interest in Florida environmental issues.

This year's four-day summer school will be held at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort. Holland & Knight is sponsoring the Opening Reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19.

In addition to our speakers below, Holland & Knight Public Affairs Advisor Tori Deal also will be in attendance. Our real estate, land use and environmental team members look forward to seeing you there.

Holland & Knight Speakers and Topics

Florida's Environment, Water Policy, the 2023 Legislature and Beyond
Wednesday, July 19, 8:30 – 10:10 a.m.
Speakers: Larry Sellers  |  Jon Steverson

This session focuses on what the 2023 Legislature passed (or considered but failed to pass) and why, an assessment of Florida's changing political landscape with respect to environmental and water policy issues, and a comprehensive preview of what's expected with respect to the implementation of 2023 legislation, with a look ahead to the 2024 session and beyond. 

Trying a DOAH Case: It's All About the Experts!
Wednesday, July 19, 1:30 – 3:10 p.m.
Speaker: Martin Alexander

This course will discuss best practices for choosing and preparing your experts for deposition; the state of the law on whether and to what extent attorney communications with expert witnesses are privileged; techniques for conducting a clear, concise and impactful direct examination of experts; developing and using demonstrative exhibits to help explain complex concepts and data in an easily understandable fashion; and strategies for challenging and conducting effective cross-examinations of your opponent's experts.

Strategic Planning and Permitting for Development
Wednesday, July 19, 1:30 – 3:10 p.m.
Speaker: Alessandria San Roman

This practical and informative course is designed to address strategies for obtaining environmental and growth management approvals for land development projects under Florida's current laws and agency practices; consideration of effects of recent legislation and administrative actions taken by the Executive Branch; and discussion of successful approaches to processing and obtaining environmental permits from regulatory agencies, determinations of when to obtain the required permits and in what order, and the level of specificity and procedural requirements of each agency.

Federal Environmental Regulation and Enforcement Update
Wednesday, July 19, 10:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Thursday, July 20, 10:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Speaker: Rafe Petersen

A panel will discuss the latest changes to federal environmental policies and regulations under the Biden Administration, including how the policies and roles of the federal agencies are changing across a wide spectrum of issues such as enforcement, agency size, the extent of federal authority over wetlands and waters, and climate change, as well as how the regulated community, the state and advocacy groups are responding to such changes, including the potential for citizen enforcement.

What to Expect When Being Inspected
Thursday, July 20, 10:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Speaker: Stacy Watson May

This panel will focus on answering how a company should best prepare for an “inspection” – whether it is a DEP review under the State Review Framework or public scrutiny of the vast amount of disclosures and environmental reports – by presenting practices for proper data collection and disclosure that can stand up to stakeholder inquiries while still balancing a company's desire to implement a value-added strategy.

Concurrency, Impact Fees and Mobility Fees – The State of the Law on Local Government Exactions to Fund Infrastructure and Schools
Thursday, July 20, 1:30 – 3:10 p.m.
Speaker: Alan Krischer

In this session, panelists will address the challenges of transportation funding and funding of schools, the treatment of charter schools, the creation and use of impact fee credits, the implementation of new statutes, as well as recent changes in the law and what's next in the world of local government exactions.


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