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Early Bird Session [clear filter]
Tuesday, July 18
 

1:00pm EDT

EB A - Florida’s Environmental Policy in 20-17 – Where Are We Headed?
EARLY BIRD “A”:  FLORIDA ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY IN 2017 - WHERE ARE WE HEADED?!
You can’t miss this star-studded panel of experts as they review the significant events of the past year that have radically changed the debate over issues as far-ranging as Everglades restoration, sewage spills, septic tanks, fracking, and pollution notification. In 2017, the Florida Legislature aggressively took on these and other environmental issues with legislation that could best be described as ambitious and, at worst, misguided. Regardless of your position on these controversial issues, it should be concerning to all if we have lost our ability to analyze and debate matters of policy using science, facts, and rational thought. We may all be living in a “post-truth” culture, but are we headed into a similar era of environmental policy-setting based on appeals to emotion? This panel of public sector, private sector, and environmental advocates will address these and other issues as they analyze the key environmental legislation that passed, the bills that didn’t, and what it all means for the future.

Moderators
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Herschel Vinyard

Foley & Lardner LLP

Speakers
PA

Peter Antonacci

Executive Director, South Florida Water Management District
MC

Matt Caldwell

Representative, District 79, Florida House of Representatives
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Eric Draper

Director, Audubon of Florida
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Katie Edwards

Representative, District 98, Florida House of Representatives
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Stephen James

Director, Office of Water Policy, Department of Environmental Protection
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Greg Knecht

Director of Protection, The Nature Conservancy
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Matt Leopold

Carlton Fields, P.A.
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Ryan Matthews

Director, Office of Water Policy, Department of Environmental Protection


Tuesday July 18, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Ocean III

1:00pm EDT

EB B - The Keys to Success for the Practicing Engineer
EARLY BIRD “B”: THE KEYS TO SUCCESS FOR THE PRACTICING ENGINEER
This course has been completely redesigned for 2017! Come join our panel of experts in a 4-hour interactive, small group setting, as they provide the practicing engineer with the keys to a successful practice, including the essential updates that govern the practice of engineering in the state of Florida and the latest “best practices” to manage professional risk to yourself and your firm. Our experts will help guide you with concrete strategies and tips for managing risks, including work practices, protective contract language, and decipher the complexities of other risk management tools such as insurance and bonding. Additionally, you will receive the latest instruction on any changes to the rules and statutes affecting the engineer, as well as any guidance resulting from individual disciplinary and unlicensed practice cases. Don’t miss this opportunity to tune up your professional practice knowledge, and prepare yourself and your firm to manage professional risk. (As a bonus, you will also be satisfying your biennial Laws, Rules and Ethics continuing education requirements in a far more rewarding way than taking another online quiz!)

Speakers
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Brent Anderson

Vice President, NorthStar
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Michael Cavendish

Cavendish Partners, PA
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Michael D. Harding

President, MHarding Enterprises, Inc.
I am a Civil Engineer, Graduated from the University of Kansas in 1978 and began my career in Wichita Kansas as a bridge designer. After being involved in many interesting projects I transferred my interest into Land Development and have not slowed down. I was recruited by Post Buckley... Read More →
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George Powell

Office Managing Partner, Akerman LLP
George Powell serves as managing partner of Akerman’s Naples office. George protects real property rights and focuses his practice on real property taxation, eminent domain/property condemnation, land use and entitlements, and real estate transactions. His clients include financial... Read More →


Tuesday July 18, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Ocean IV