Sea-Level Rise and Flooding: Planning & Law for Local Governments

APA Florida, Atlantic Coast Section


Thursday, November 17, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. EST

Cocoa, FL, United States

CM | 5
L | 1.50

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This workshop will:

-Provide a brief overview of sea level rise and flooding projections

-Outline key infrastructure and financial challenges

-Show examples of pro-active local government assessment of vulnerabilities through data collection and analysis

-Give an overview of financial and regulatory challenges

-Outline key legal issues and potential responses

-Present detailed information on recent state law changes

-Discuss the importance of engaging the public

-Offer attendees a discussion-forum format to interact with presenters


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Jason Evans

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science at Stetson University and Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Environmental Management. Trained as a landscape and systems ecologist, he is broadly interested in the management, design, and governance of nature's interfaces with modern human society. Most of Dr. Evans’s current research focuses on ... Read More

Courtney Barker

Appointed City Manager for Satellite Beach in April 2013. As a longtime resident in Satellite Beach, she has been involved with several groups such as Satellite Beach United Methodist as the Chair for the Finance Committee. She has also volunteered her time for the Planning & Zoning Board for the City ... Read More

Erin Deady, Esq.

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 climate planning issues, Gulf of Mexico & Everglades Restoration, PACE implementation, code development and all types of land use issues as well as ... Read More

Lincoln Walther

Has over 40 years of experience in community planning, hazard mitigation, and emergency management working both public and private sectors. Presently he is on a consulting team that is updating the Washington, D.C. Comprehensive Plan. His primary task will be to develop a new Resilience Element that will address ... Read More

Dennis Smith

Mr. Smith has twenty two years of planning experience in the public and private sector. An innovator in the field of planning and program management, Mr. Smith is currently the Growth Management Coordinator for the Florida Department of Transportation, Central Office where he is responsible for providing guidance, outreach and ... Read More

Thomas Ruppert, Esq.

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 ... Read More

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