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Early Forensic Review of Hurricane Flood Damages Saves Client from Financial Disaster

Published: September 6th, 2018

By: Timothy W. Sobczak Mark R. Leavitt

When a Florida couple’s house was nearly washed away by flood waters associated with Hurricane Irma, it appeared they had no legal recourse. Storms and the huge amount of rain they bring are acts of God under the law; often, a victim’s only relief is to seek whatever assistance is available through FEMA. But once […]

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 […]

Florida Legislature Reaches Turning Point on Water Policy

Published: August 24th, 2015

By: Peter M. Dunbar

Florida Legislature Reaches Turning Point on Water Policy By: Peter M. Dunbar   The optimism at the beginning of this year’s legislative deliberations that there would be major initiatives to modernize Florida’s statewide water policies and implement the provisions of Amendment One faded in the final days of the Regular Session under the weight of […]

Dates Announced for 2015 Florida Agriculture Financial Management Conference

Published: May 29th, 2015

Orlando, Fla. – The executive committee of the Florida Agriculture Financial Management Conference (FAFMC) recently announced the dates for this year’s conference on August 27-28, 2015 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate. Some of the nation’s leading agricultural and economic experts will be in Orlando to address financial strategies impacting one of Florida’s top […]

EPA’s New Clean Water Rule

Published: May 28th, 2015

By: Dennis G. Corrick

On Wednesday, May 27th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) released its new Clean Water Rule, which has also been referred to as the “Waters of the United States” rule, in an attempt to clarify the limits of its jurisdiction under the federal Clean Water Act.  Attacked by farm interests and heralded by environmental groups, […]

Dean Mead’s Pete Dunbar Featured on Facing Florida

Published: May 18th, 2015

By: Peter M. Dunbar

Dean Mead lawyer, Peter Dunbar, chair of the Tallahassee office Government Relations, Lobbying and Administrative Law team, and Screven Watson were guests on Facing Florida with Mike Vasilinda on April 18, 2015. They discussed highlights of the Florida Legislative Session including water supply issues and key stakeholders. See the full segment here: FF 260 seg 3 from […]

To Save Water, Let it Meander

Published: April 17th, 2015

By: Dennis G. Corrick

Unlike California, Florida has a lot of water. But our average 59 inches of rainfall comes unevenly throughout the year, and we have limited storage to hold it until it is needed. And much of peninsular Florida has been artificially drained over the years, so most of its natural wide, shallow storage is no longer […]

Florida Legislature Tackles Comprehensive Water Policy Update

Published: March 20th, 2015

By: Michael D. Minton

Water legislation moving through the Florida Legislature will greatly reshape and modernize water management policies in Florida. Across the state, there are a wide array of issues – too much surface water in some areas, juxtaposed by not enough drinking water for our growing population. And, the water quality issues impacting some springs and estuaries. The […]