38th Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School

Seminar, Sponsorship
July 16 - 19, 2024
JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort
400 South Collier Boulevard
Marco Island, FL 34145

Holland & Knight is proud to sponsor the 38th Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School on July 16-19. This event 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. More than 1,000 attorneys, consultants, engineers, state and local government officials, developers, landowners and others with an interest in Florida environmental issues will be attending this event.

In addition to our speakers below, 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 2024 Legislature and Beyond
Wednesday, July 17, 8:30 – 10:10 a.m.
Thursday, July 18, 1:30 – 3:10 p.m.

Attorney Larry Sellers and Senior Policy Advisor Jon Steverson will discuss the most current and reliable information available on what the 2024 Legislature passed (or considered but failed to pass) and why, an assessment of Florida's changing political landscape concerning environmental and water policy issues, and a comprehensive preview of what's expected for the implementation of 2024 legislation with a look ahead to the 2025 session and beyond.

Strategic Planning and Permitting for Development
Wednesday, July 17, 10:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

Attorney Alessandria San Roman's course will address strategies for obtaining environmental and growth management approvals for land development projects under Florida's current laws and agency practices, consider the effects of recent legislation and administrative actions taken by the executive branch, as well as discuss 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.

Trying a DOAH Case: It's All About the Experts!
Wednesday, July 17, 1:30 – 3:10 p.m.

Attorney Martin Alexander's panel will examine best practices for choosing and preparing your experts for deposition in a Florida Division of Administrative Hearings (DOAH) case; 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.

FDEP Regulatory and Policy Update
Wednesday, July 17, 1:30 – 3:10 p.m.
Thursday, July 18, 10:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

For this course attorney Larry Sellers will moderate a panel that will provide updates on the most current information and activities with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), which will include a review and analysis of rules and policies recently adopted or under development, such as the latest updates on the Stormwater Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems (OSTDS) TAC and any published reports, as well as key/practical tips for all private/public regulated interests.

Federal Environmental Regulation and Enforcement Update
Thursday, July 18, 8:30 – 10:10 a.m.
Thursday, July 18, 10:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

In attorney Rafe Petersen's session, he will examine 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. The speakers will also discuss how the regulated community, the state and advocacy groups are responding to such changes, including the potential for citizen enforcement.

How the Live Local Act Changes the Land Use Game
Thursday, July 18, 1:30 – 3:10 p.m.

In this session, attorney Alan Krischer will take a deep dive into the Live Local Act and any 2024 amendments to this landmark legislation designed to increase the availability of affordable housing opportunities for Florida residents. The act has been called the most aggressive land use policy change in any state in the country. Others have called it the death of local government home rule. Either way, the Live Local Act has changed everything you thought you knew about land use in Florida.

What to Expect When Being Inspected
Friday, July 19, 10:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

Attorney Stacy Watson May's discussion will focus on answering how a company should best prepare for an "inspection" – whether it is a Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) 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.

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