Legal Implications: Planning for Sea Level Rise

APA Florida Chapter


Thursday, October 5, 2017, midnight
Monday, December 31, 2018, midnight CST

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This webinar will discuss the legal implications of planning for sea level rise including planning requirements, takings and liability for planning (or not planning). The session will provide updates on state and national cases, policies and regulations with new issues to be aware of when planning for adaptation and sea level rise.  The discussion will also include any Florida legislative updates in this area as well as a forecast on what the new Federal administration’s actions mean for state and local governments. Examples, defensible solutions and planning approaches will all form the basis of case studies to be discussed.



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Erin Deady

Invited Speaker

Erin L. Deady, P.A. specializes in sustainability, climate, environmental, land use, water law and securing grants for clients. Clients include local governments, Special Districts, private sector, agricultural and Tribal entities specializing in development and regulatory issues, Gulf of Mexico & Everglades Restoration, energy finance tools, code development and all types of land use issues as well as Federal and state litigation on energy, water resources management and environmental regulatory matters. Ms. Deady previously served as Environmental Counsel to Audubon of Florida and has worked for the Village of Wellington, the Broward County Department of Planning and Environmental Protection and the South Florida Water Management District. Climate, sustainability and energy planning have been a major focus of the firm having completed numerous local government plans covering these topics. The firm is also a national leader on the development of energy finance tools such as property assessed clean energy and other legislative issues addressing climate and planning.

Thomas Ruppert

Invited Speaker

Thomas Ruppert, coastal planning specialist at the Florida Sea Grant College Program, is a licensed attorney developing legal and policy analysis for local governments on aspects of adaptive planning for sea-level rise, community resilience, and associated long-term challenges and opportunities for Florida’s coastal communities. Areas of expertise include federal and state property rights law, beach and coastal policy in Florida, flood insurance, Florida’s Coastal Construction Control Line program, planning law, and coastal and marine permitting programs. He has worked with over a dozen partners to organize and host legal workshops on coastal issues and flood insurance around the state. Mr. Ruppert is currently involved with several initiatives within Florida communities planning for sea-level rise and maintains a website of original resources at