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Summary of Florida’s 2014 Legislative Session

2014 was not a very active year for environmental and water related issues in Tallahassee.  The legislators approved a $77.1 billion budget.  Of that, $157 million was allocated to Everglades restoration.  $232 million was allocated for water storage and treatment … Continue reading

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Desalination Technology Use and Regulation in Florida

Explosive population growth during the late 20th century and continuing into the 21st century has put a serious strain on the traditional water supply sources in Florida.  In response to this growing need, Florida’s water utilities are forced to seek … Continue reading

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Florida’s 2013 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

While continued environmental regulatory reform was initially not a high priority in Tallahassee this year, it turned out to be an active legislative session for environmental and water-related bills.  Both the 2011 and 2012 sessions included major changes to environmental … Continue reading

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Florida Passes Law Limiting Liability of Engineers, Geologists, Architects and Other Design Professionals

Florida’s “design professionals” (engineers, geologists, architects, landscape architects, interior designers and surveyors) need to be aware of a new law passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Scott.  Importantly, Senate Bill 286 will limit the professional liability of design professionals … Continue reading

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Environmental and Water Bills in the Florida Legislature – May 1, 2013

Only two days left in the 2013 Legislative Session and our representatives in Tallahassee have been very busy passing numerous environmental, utility and natural resource related Bills. Below you will find a summary of four Bills of note.  However, my … Continue reading

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