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News Alert…Opportunity to Extend Permits due to Hurricane Matthew

News Alert…Opportunity to Extend Permits due to Hurricane Matthew

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 October 3, 2016, the Governor issued Executive Order No. 16-230, declaring a 60 day State of Emergency due to Hurricane Matthew in every county in the State of Florida.  On December 1, 2016, the Governor extended the State of Emergency by 60 days pursuant to Executive Order No. 16-274.  Applicants wishing to extend their permit in any county for a total of 6 months and 120 days under these Executive Orders must submit a written request to the authorizing agency by May 1, 2017, unless the executive order is extended beyond the collective 120 days.

If you are a permit holder in a county in the State of Florida and believe you may be eligible for an extension under Executive Order Nos. 16-230 and 16-274, please do not hesitate to contact an attorney in our Land Use and Local Government or Environmental and Water practice group.

#2016-274 Executive Order extends 16-230 re: Hurricane Matthew, state of emergency