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Overview

Jeff is a Shareholder in the firm’s Tampa office with 18 years of experience serving private and public sector clients throughout Florida in the areas of environmental, land development and administrative law.  Jeff represents clients before federal, state and local environmental agencies on large development-related projects and contamination remediation projects throughout Florida.

As a former managing attorney in the South Florida Water Management District’s Office of Counsel and a former senior attorney in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Office of General Counsel, Jeff brings a unique perspective on challenges related to environmental resource and consumptive use permitting, compliance and enforcement, water quality/water supply issues, sovereign submerged lands, and power plant siting.

Areas of Concentration

  • Environmental resource permitting, compliance, enforcement and litigation
  • Consumptive use permitting, compliance, enforcement and litigation
  • Water quality/water supply
  • Administrative law, rule-making and litigation
  • Protected species/habitat conservation planning
  • Wetlands regulation and permitting
  • State lands and sovereign submerged lands
  • Hazardous waste and substances/contamination remediation
  • Brownfields Redevelopment
  • Cultural resources
  • Land development
  • Land use and zoning
  • Comprehensive planning and plan amendments
  • Power plant siting
  • Petroleum regulation
  • Mitigation banking
  • Coastal regulation, permitting and litigation
  • Utilities (wastewater, reuse, potable and irrigation water)

Representative Experience

  • Prevailed in administrative hearing challenging Environmental Resource Permit Modification issued to client All Aboard Florida. Following a lengthy proceeding, the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings issued a Recommended Order which found for All Aboard Florida on all issues and endorsed the permit under review. The permit is for a portion of an express passenger rail system which will connect the four largest urban population centers in Southern and Central Florida - Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Orlando. The passenger service will be known as Brightline and is scheduled to begin operating between Miami and West Palm Beach later this year. The Recommended Order contains the most thorough analysis to date on the issue of whether the first element of the public interest test permits consideration of non-environmental factors and provides more predictability and clarity as to the application of the public interest criteria.
  • Counsel in resolving an annexation challenge and an administrative challenge to a comprehensive plan amendment for a coalition of developer clients with projects at risk due to a long-running dispute between Alachua County and the City of Gainesville. Successfully negotiated with the County and the City for a global settlement allowing clients to move forward with projects that had been stalled for over six months and which were at risk of being delayed for another year or more.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Florida Community Developers
  • Florida Association of Environmental Professionals, Tampa Bay Chapter
  • Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
  • Habitat for Humanity Site Selection and Property Committees, 2005-2008
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Leadership Tallahassee Class XXXIV
  • Leadership Tampa Bay Class of 2018
  • Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, 2007-2011
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association , Chair, Environmental & Land Use Law Committee, 2008-2012
  • Palm Beach County Planning Congress, 2010-2013
  • Real Estate Investment Council, Inc. Tampa Bay
  • Tampa Bay Builders Association
  • The Florida Bar, Environmental and Land Use Section Executive Council
  • Co-Editor, The Florida Bar’s ELULS Reporter, 2010-2013
  • U.S. Green Building Council LEED AP, 2008-2011
  • Urban Land Institute, Urban Plan Volunteer

Recognition

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Publications & Presentations

Publications, Recent News Updates: New Bipartisan Federal Law Presents Opportunities for Public-Private Partnerships
Stearns Weaver Miller New Update|November 2018

Events: Overcoming Redevelopment Obstacles for an Urban Residential Brownfields Site
Florida Brownfields Association 2018 Conference|October 2018

Publications, Recent News Updates: What's Developing | Summer 2018
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|September 2018

Publications, Recent News Updates: Upcoming Vote on Amendment Two Has Significant Tax Implications for Non-Homestead Property Owners
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|August 2018

Events: Navigating the Unique Challenges of Urban Infill Development
Florida Chamber's Environmental Permitting Summer School|July 2018

Publications, Recent News Updates: Proposed Changes Would Relax Endangered Species Act Restrictions
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update |July 2018

Publications, Recent News Updates: What's Developing? | Spring 2018
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|June 2018

Publications, Recent News Updates: Important Land Development and Environmental Issues Following Florida's 2018 Legislative Session
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|April 2018

Publications, Recent News Updates: Important Land Development and Environmental Issues Following Florida's 2018 Legislative Session
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|March 2018

Publications, Recent News Updates: What's Developing? | Winter 2018
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|March 2018

Publications, Recent News Updates: Opportunities for Permit Extensions Available - But Claiming Them Not Always Straightforward
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|January 2018

Publications, Recent News Updates: A New, Narrower Take on the "Incidental Take" of Bird Species under the MBTA
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|January 2018

Publications, Recent News Updates: What's Developing | Fall 2017
Stearns Weaver Miller Update|December 2017

Publications, Recent News Updates: DOAH Recommended Order Clarifies ERP Public Interest Criteria
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update |October 2017

Publications, Recent News Updates: How Are Your Permits Affected by Hurricane Irma?
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|September 2017

Publications, Recent News Updates: What's Developing | Summer 2017
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|September 2017

Events: "Issues Affecting Florida's Imperiled Wildlife" and "Coastal Construction Control Line Permitting"
Florida Chamber's 31st Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School|July 2017

Publications, Recent News Updates: Important Land Development and Environmental Issues Following Florida's 2017 Legislative Session
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|July 2017

Publications, Recent News Updates: What's Developing | Spring 2017
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|May 2017

Publications, Recent News Updates: What's Developing | Winter 2017
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|January 2017

Publications, Recent News Updates: Florida's New Emergency Rule Requiring Public Notification of Pollution: What You Need to Know
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|October 2016

Publications, Recent News Updates: Executive Orders Present Opportunities to Extend the Duration of Qualified Development Permits Across Florida
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|October 2016

Publications, Recent News Updates: Amendment 4 Could Spur Solar Energy Investment and Development in the Sunshine State
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|August 2016

Publications, Recent News Updates: Executive Orders Present Opportunities to Extend Development Permits in 36 Florida Counties
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|July 2016

Publications, Recent News Updates: U.S. Supreme Court Gives Landowners the Right to Challenge Army Corps' Jurisdictional Determinations in Court
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|June 2016

Publications, Recent News Updates: Legal Issues Raised by Climate Change, Sea Level Rise, and Coastal Resilience
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|May 2016

Publications, Recent News Updates: Important Recent Developments in the Federal Regulation of Wetlands
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|April 2016

Publications, Recent News Updates: Challenges in South Florida Coastal Permitting Projects Mount, with Statewide Implications
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|February 2016

Publications, Recent News Updates: Updates to Joint Coastal Permit Rules Provide Expedited Review And Longer Permit Duration
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|January 2016

Events: Emerging Issues Affecting Conservation of Florida’s Imperiled Wildlife Species
Florida Chamber’s Environmental Permitting Summer School|July 2015

Events: The Migratory Bird Treaty Act
University of Florida Levin College of Law 19th Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference |February 2013

Events: Zoning and Land Use in Florida: Challenges for Property Owners and Real Estate Professionals
Institute of Real Estate Management|October 2011

Events: Liabilities and Causes of Action Associated with Offshore Oil Spills: The Future of Offshore Drilling after Deepwater Horizon
Florida Bar’s Environmental & Land Use Section Annual Update|August 2011

Events: Science Based Solutions to Permitting and Mitigating in the Coastal Marine Environment
Florida Chamber’s Environmental Permitting Summer School|July 2011

Events: Green Building Strategies & Certification Programs
Florida Chamber’s Growth Management, Energy, Climate Change & the Environment Short Course|February 2010

Events: Navigating the Course for Successful Corps Appeals
Florida Chamber’s Environmental Permitting Summer School|July 2007

Publications: Chapter 163 Development Agreements: A Quasi-Permitting Process for a Negotiated Solution to Land Development Issues
Land Use Law|September 2006

Events: Chapter 163 Development Agreements
CLE International’s Land Use Law Seminar|September 2006

Events: Federal Wetlands Permitting
Florida Chamber’s Growth Management & Environmental Permitting Short Course|February 2006

Events: Innovative Site Remediation
Florida Chamber’s Environmental Permitting Summer School|July 2005

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