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Florida Brush Fires Allow Land Development Permit Extensions

Published: April 18th, 2017

By: W. Lee Dobbins

On April 11, 2017, Governor Scott issued Executive Order No. 17-120 declaring a State of Emergency for the entire State of Florida due to extensive brush fires caused by drought conditions. The emergency declaration is for 60 days. Florida Statute 252.363 allows for the extension of the termination dates of certain land development approvals for […]

High Flying Farmers Prevail Against County on Alleged Zoning Code Violation

Published: January 31st, 2017

Farmers, Mr. and Mrs. Nipper (the “Nippers”), successfully appealed a judgment enjoining them from operating a sky diving business on their farm in Walton County. The Nippers owned and operated a 290 acre farm and twice sought permission from the Walton County Planning Department to supplement their income by operating a sky diving operation on […]

Hunters and Ranchers Beware Screwworm Re-emerges in Monroe County

Published: October 24th, 2016

By: Brian M. Stephens Cari L. Roth

Not since the 1960s have biologists seen screwworm widely present in the United States. Recently, wildlife officials in Monroe County, Florida, noted the loss of a number of endangered Key deer, and the United States Department of Agriculture confirmed the presence of screwworm in Key deer in Big Pine Key and surrounding islands. That federal […]

Floating Aquatic Vegetative Tilling: Can We Put Water-Hyacinths to Good Use?

Published: January 28th, 2016

By: Dennis G. Corrick

By now, the issue of nutrients in Florida’s waters is well-recognized. Runoff from urban and agricultural systems and the loss of natural wetlands have combined to raise levels of nutrients, primarily phosphorus and nitrogen, in natural systems. These can lead to blooms of algae and general imbalances of the systems. In estuaries, such as the […]

Must-reads to Understand Florida and its Water

Published: December 10th, 2015

By: Dennis G. Corrick

If you’ve ever been subjected to the punishment of having to read dense government reports that analyze our water problems, the last thing you’re probably looking for is a book-length treatise on water issues. I’m going to recommend some reading on water, and I promise that you won’t feel like you’re being punished. As a […]

Drones: One Registration Number Per Owner

Published: November 20th, 2015

By: Anna H. Long

The Federal Aviation Administration’s Task Force (“Task Force”) on drone registration is expected to recommend that the agency require drone operators to obtain a single registration number, but will not require unique identification of individual drones, according to people familiar with the matter.[1] The Task Force is expected to provide its recommendations regarding drone registration […]

FDA Finalizes Produce Safety Rule

Published: November 18th, 2015

By: Anna H. Long

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety rule first proposed in January, 2013, is now final.[1] The rule establishes science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption.[2] Subsequent to the rule proposed in 2013, a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking was issued […]

The Next Big Opportunity for Florida Agriculture

Published: October 29th, 2015

By: Michael D. Minton

Florida growers are justifiably proud that their products fill the fresh fruit and vegetable bins of supermarkets across the country during the winter months. I’d like to propose that if we had the infrastructure, more of Florida’s agricultural products that are wasted or never grown could also go into natural fruit and vegetable drinks and […]