Here is a Florida-specific activity: The Florida Sea Grant College Program, with the assistance of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coastal Services Center, will host the full-day workshop “Adaptive Planning for Sea-Level Rise—Legal Issues for Local Government” on Jan. 18, 2012 at the Lee County Extension facilities in Ft. Meyers and on Jan. 19, 2012 at the Pinellas County Extension offices in Largo.
The program, aimed at planners and local government attorneys, will offer 3-4 CLE credits for attorneys and 3.75-5 Certification Maintenance credits for planners, mostly comprised of legal credits.
The workshop will give a brief overview of the science of sea-level rise, past, present, and future; discuss ideas for local adaptations; and examine legal and planning issues associated with adaptation options. Presenters will discuss:
• aspects of takings jurisprudence under the U.S. Constitution,
• the importance of presenting information to purchasers of coastal property,
• the impact of and approaches to address claims under the Bert J. Harris Jr. Private Property Rights Protection Act, and
• three crucial on-going legal cases that may dramatically impact adaptation options.
• Dr. Gary Mitchum, Professor of Physical Geography at the University of South Florida;
• Attorney Dr. Richard McLaughlin, Endowed Chair for Marine Law and Policy, Harte Research Institute at Texas A&M University;
• Patrick McCormack, County Attorney, St. Johns County, Florida;
• Attorney Dr. Mark Fenster, Associate Dean and Professor of Law, University of Florida College of Law;
• Attorney Thomas Ruppert, Coastal Planning Specialist, Florida Sea Grant College Program ; and
• Julie Dennis, Planning Analyst, Division of Community Development, Florida Dept. of Econ. Opportunity.