Local Government Challenges in Dealing with Rising Seas

APA Florida Chapter, First Coast Section


Monday, October 28, 2013
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT

Yulee, FL,

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This event will bring together stakeholders in the Northern Florida/Southern Georgia region to discuss sea level rise in the local communities and provide an opportunity for dialogue on this subject. Specific objectives include: • Share information on the science of sea level rise – past data, calculations of future sea level rise, and anticipated impacts • Local governments share their experiences with sea level rise adaptation in their community in order to understand and address climate vulnerabilities in local communities • Present local governments with planning options for adapting to sea level rise, changing coastlines and coastal hazards • Share planning resources available to communities working to address Sea Level Rise • Review the case of Jordan et al. in St. Johns County, and discuss the implications of this case for financial liability and health of local governments in Florida • Discuss legal issues associated with adaptation options for local government

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Thomas Ruppert

Confirmed Speaker

Thomas Ruppert works with the Florida Sea Grant College Program as a statewide specialist in coastal planning. Mr. Ruppert is a licensed Florida attorney whose work with Florida Sea Grant focuses on legal aspects of adaptive planning for sea-level rise, hazard mitigation, post-disaster recovery planning, environmental protection, and associated long-term ... Read More

Glen Landers

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Glenn Landers is a Professional Engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Jacksonville, FL. He has 35+ years of combined planning, engineering, and project management experience with the USACE involving large-scale water resources and civil works projects. Mr. Landers is the Jacksonville District technical lead for sea ... Read More

Jason Evans

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Jason Evans, PhD. is an interdisciplinary systems ecologist who holds a public service faculty appointment in environmental policy and sustainability analysis at the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. Through this position, Dr. Evans conducts a diverse array of applied environmental research and policy assessments in service ... Read More

John Fergus

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John Fergus has a BS in Engineering Physics and an MS and PhD in Geological Sciences from Lehigh University. He is a retired U.S. Air Force officer whose career centered on operation of a global network of geophysical sensors monitoring foreign nuclear explosions. For several years, he worked in ... Read More

Margo Moehring

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Margo Moehring joined Northeast Florida Regional Council staff as Director of Policy in January 2008. In this capacity, she has led Council efforts to establish a 50-year vision for growth and development in the First Coast. She is also Executive Director of the non-profit Regional Community Institute of Northeast Florida ... Read More

Patrick McCormack

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Patrick McCormack, Esq., has served as County Attorney for St. Johns County, Florida, since 2006. Previously, Mr. McCormack was the Deputy County Attorney for Flagler County, Florida, and had served as an Assistant County Attorney in St. Johns County. In the private sector, Mr. McCormack practiced land use law and ... Read More

Rick Carper

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Rick Carper has been Public Works Director and City Engineer for the City of Atlantic Beach for nine years. A 1976 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer and served in the Navy Nuclear Power Program. He came to Florida in 1994 as ... Read More

Roger Weaver

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Roger Weaver, as Planning Director for the City of St. Marys, performs the following duties. Also listed are some on the projects he works on. • Flood Plain Manager for the City of St. Marys • Planning duties to include zoning, rezoning, annexation, variances, site development review, appeals, etc. • Staff representative for ... Read More

Sam Riley Medlock

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Sam Riley Medlock, JD, CFM, is Policy & Partnerships Program Manager for the Association of State Floodplain Managers, serving dual roles for the Association and the ASFPM Foundation to provide leadership in national flood policy initiatives and foster partnerships with allied agencies, organizations, and academia in service to our members and mission. Sam has more than eighteen years of experience in land use law, hazard mitigation, and environmental policy working with stakeholders, regulators, and utilities, as Supervisor of Floodplain Programs for the Lower Colorado River Authority; Director of Planning for Flower Mound, Texas; Environmental Planner with the North Central Texas Council of Governments; and with disaster recovery teams in Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua following Hurricane Mitch. While working with the NCTCOG and LCRA, both FEMA Cooperating Technical Partners ... Read More

Scott Pippin

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Scott Pippin is an environmental attorney and planner with both the University of Georgia’s River Basin Center and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government where he examines local government planning issues related to sea level rise along Georgia’s coast. He also works on a variety of water quality ... Read More

Sue Hopfensperger

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Sue Hopfensperger has been with Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO) as an ISO/CRS Specialist since March of 2006. Prior to that, she has worked as a training specialist, industry research expert, and recruiter and has helped develop training programs and provided consulting services in personnel administration. In 1982, Ms ... Read More