News Alert…Opportunity to Extend Permits Due to Tropical Storm Colin
Section 252.363(1)(a), Florida Statutes, provides that certain qualifying permits and authorizations are eligible for an extension once a State of Emergency is declared for the length of time the declaration is in effect plus an additional six (6) months. A written request for such an extension must be submitted to the authorizing agency within 90 days after the State of Emergency has expired. § 252.363(1)(b), Florida Statutes.
On June 6, 2016, the Governor issued Executive Order No. 16-136, declaring a 60 day State of Emergency in anticipation of the dangers posed by Tropical Storm Colin in the following counties: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Franklin, Gilchrist, Hernando, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Nassau, Orange, Pasco, Pinellas, Putnam, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Volusia, and Wakulla. Applicants wishing to extend their permit in one of these counties for a total of 6 months of 60 days under Executive Order No. 16-136 must submit a written request to the authorizing agency by November 3, 2016, unless the executive order is extended beyond the original 60 days.
If you are a permit holder in one of the counties listed above and believe you may be eligible for an extension under Executive Order Nos. 16-155 and 16-156, please do not hesitate to contact an attorney in our Land Use and Local Government or Environmental and Water practice groups.