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News Alert…Opportunity to Extend Permits due to Tropical Storm Emily

News Alert…Opportunity to Extend Permits due to Tropical Storm Emily

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 July 31, 2017, the Governor issued Executive Order 17-204, declaring a 60 day State of Emergency due to the threat to the State of Florida posed by Tropical Storm Emily. The State of Emergency applies to 31 Counties including, but not limited to: Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Manatee, Sarasota, DeSoto, Palm Beach, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee.

Applicants wishing to extend their permits in one of these counties for a total of 6 months and 60 days under Executive Order No. 17-204 must submit a written request to the authorizing agency by December 28, 2017, unless the executive order is extended.

If you are a permit holder in the State of Florida and believe you may be eligible for an extension under Executive Order No. 17-204, please do not hesitate to contact an attorney in our Land Use and Local Government or Environmental and Water practice groups.