NEWS ALERT…PERMITS ELIGIBLE FOR EXTENSION DUE TO TROPICAL STORM ETA
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 November 7, 2020, the Governor issued Executive Order 20-277, declaring a 60 day State of Emergency due to the threat to the State of Florida posed by Tropical Storm Eta. Unless this state of emergency is terminated before 60 days has run, or is extended beyond 60 days, the expiration date will be January 6, 2021. The State of Emergency applies to 13 Counties including, but not limited to: Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Palm Beach, Hendry, and Glades.
Applicants wishing to extend their permits in one of these counties for a total of 6 months and 60 days under Executive Order No. 20-277 must submit a written request to the authorizing agency by April 6, 2021, unless the executive order is terminated prior to, or extended beyond, its current expiration date.
If you are a permit holder in the State of Florida and believe you may be eligible for an extension under Executive Order No. 20-277, please do not hesitate to contact an attorney in our Land Use and Local Government or Environmental and Water practice groups.