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

APA Florida Chapter, Suncoast Section


Thursday, May 11, 2017
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT

Largo, FL, United States

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This workshop will

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

• Showcase regional efforts evaluating vulnerability, reducing flood risk, and planning

•     Discuss important infrastructure, legal, and financial challenges

•     Discuss state law requiring planning for flooding and sea-level rise

•     Review the changing landscape of flood insurance

•     Provide a forum for interaction with presenters and other attendees

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Courtney Barker

Courtney Barker was 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 ... Read More

Erin Deady

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

Thomas Ruppert

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 ... Read More

Jason Evans

Dr. Jason M. Evans is 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 ... Read More

Christopher Zambito

Christopher Zambito is a project manager in the Tampa office of Dewberry Consultants. He currently serves as the Chair of the Florida Floodplain Managers Association with 18 years of experience in consulting and local government. Active projects include hurricane evacuation studies, sea level rise adaptation planning, hazard mitigation, and “Peril ... Read More

Chris Moore

Chris Moore is a Principal Planner for the Pinellas County Planning Department, where he is the departmental lead on the County’s resiliency planning efforts, including serving as the project manager for the County’s upcoming vulnerability assessment to gauge the impact of sea level rise and storm surge on ... Read More

Kelli Hammer Levy Kelli

Kelli Hammer Levy Kelli received her B.S. in Marine Science from Eckerd College, her M.S. in Marine Science from the University of South Florida, and is working on her M.S. in Public Administration at FIU. She is currently the Division Director for Pinellas County Environmental Management. Her ... Read More

Gary Mitchum

Dr. Gary Mitchum is Professor of Physical Oceanography and the Associate Dean in the College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida. After receiving his PhD from the Department of Oceanography at the Florida State University in 1985, he spent 11 years in the Department of Oceanography at ... Read More

Libby Carnahan

Libby Carnahan is the UF/IFAS Extension, Florida Sea Grant Agent in Pinellas County. Libby is playing a leading role in Tampa Bay in helping citizens, governments, and industry make well-informed choices in the face of a changing climate. She strives to identify key project partners, facilitate a discussion in ... Read More

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