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Florida’s New Comprehensive Water Policy: “Think Globally, Act Locally”

Published: February 26th, 2016

Michael D. Minton Dennis G. Corrick

A recent NASA study published in the journal Science analyzed data gathered by NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) twin satellites when measuring the amount of water stored around the Earth. The study shows that while the ice sheets and glaciers continue to melt, the Earth’s thirsty continents have soaked up and stored more […]

Gov. Rick Scott Signs Monumental Water Bill That Rewards Central Florida’s Planning Approach

Published: January 21st, 2016

Michael D. Minton

Gov. Rick Scott signed one of the more important water bills in Florida’s history on January 21, and while it has benefits for the entire state, it is particularly important for Central Florida. The law is an affirmation of everything we’ve been doing to address water conservation and supply in Central Florida. The earlier version […]

Florida Legislature Passes Long-awaited Water Bill

Published: January 15th, 2016

John L. Wharton

In the face of opposition from some environmental groups and newspaper editorial writers, on January 13, the second day of the 2016 legislative session, the Florida Senate cleared SB 552, characterized by its supporters as a comprehensive water protection bill. The next day, the House followed suit. A veto of the bill by Gov. Scott […]

Michael Minton to Host Florida Chamber Regional Briefing in Palm Beach/Treasure Coast

Published: November 25th, 2015

Cari L. Roth Michael D. Minton

Dean Mead’s Michael D. Minton, shareholder and managing partner in the firm’s Fort Pierce/Port St. Lucie Office, will be co-hosting the 2015 Florida Chamber Regional Briefing in Palm Beach/Treasure Coast with Florida Chamber Foundation Chair, Pamela Rauch on November 30, 2015. David Hart, Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and Political Operations will give an Overview of the […]

Florida Legislature Reaches Turning Point on Water Policy

Published: August 24th, 2015

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 […]

Dean Mead’s Pete Dunbar Featured on Facing Florida

Published: May 18th, 2015

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

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

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 […]