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Opportunity to Extend Permits Due to Hurricane Maria

Opportunity to Extend Permits Due to Hurricane Maria

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 6 months. A written notification 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 October 2, 2017, the Governor issued Executive Order 17-259, declaring a 60 day State of Emergency due to the catastrophic damage in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria.  The State of Emergency applies to all Florida Counties.

Permit holders wishing to extend their permits for a total of 6 months and 60 days under Executive Order No. 17-259 must submit written notice to the authorizing agency by March 1, 2018, 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. 17-259 please do not hesitate to contact an attorney in our Land Use and Local Government or Environmental and Water practice groups.


A note to the reader: This article is intended to provide general information and is not intended to be a substitute for competent legal advice. Competent legal counsel should be consulted if you have questions regarding compliance with the law.

Questions regarding the content of this article may be e-mailed to Joseph A. Adams at josephadams@paveselaw.com. To view past articles on our firm website, please click here.  Mr. Adams is an associate and an experienced real estate, environmental and land use attorney with the Pavese Law Firm, 1833 Hendry Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901; Telephone: (239) 336-6296; Telecopier: (239) 332-2243.