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Florida Sea Grant and partners to host sea level rise planning workshop

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Florida Sea Grant, in conjunction with Pinellas County, Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association Sun Coast, Florida West Coast Branch of the American Public Works Association, and other local and university partners will hold the workshop “Sea-Level Rise and Flooding: Planning & Law for Local Governments.”

Who should attend: Local government managers, attorneys, engineers, floodplain managers, and planners; consultants; and interested NGOs and citizens.

Cost to attend: $100 (private sector), $75 (government, nonprofit, academia)

This workshop will:

  • Provide a brief overview of sea-level rise and flooding projections
  • Showcase regional efforts evaluating vulnerability, reducing flood risk, and planning
  • Discuss important infrastructure, legal, and financial challenges
  • Discuss state law requiring planning for flooding and sea-level rise
  • Review the changing landscape of flood insurance
  • Provide a forum for interaction with presenters and other attendees


8:00–8:30 a.m. Participant Check-in and coffee
8:30 AM • Welcome and introductions
• Sea-level rise overview: Dr. Gary Mitchum, University of South Florida
• Local flooding—Challenges and Responses: Kelli Levy-Hammer, Pinellas County
• Data and vulnerability assessments and responses: RESTORE Act Funding and Pinellas County’s vulnerability assessment: Chris Moore, Pinellas County
10:20-10:35 a.m.       BREAK
10:35 a.m. • Dept. of Econ. Oppt’y Pilot Project in Clearwater: Chris Zambito, Dewberry
• FL & GA Examples: Dr. Jason Evans, Stetson University
• Public Participation: Courtney Barker, Satellite Beach
12:20–1 p.m. LUNCH
1:00 p.m. SLR, Flooding, and Law:
• Legal Intro: Erin Deady, Erin L. Deady, LLC.
• Quick legal takes: Thomas Ruppert, FL Sea Grant
• Monroe Cty case study: Erin Deady
2:40–3:00 p.m. BREAK
3:00 p.m. • More on roads & SLR: Thomas Ruppert
• Discussion session/panel Q&A
4:15 p.m. Wrap up, course evaluation
4:30 p.m. Adjourn


  • Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
    No, but it is advisable if you choose to "pay at the door." For those choosing to pay at the door, please be sure to make your check payable to "University of Florida."
  • Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?
    Yes, that is fine. Just please make sure that whoever is attending knows the name of the person whose place the attendee is taking.
  • Are professional credits included in the registration?
    Yes, professional credits are available for: AICP-certified planners (5 CMs); floodplain managers (5.5 CECs); engineers (7PDHs or 0.7 CEUs); and attorneys (7 CLEs).