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Technical, Legal and Insurance Perspectives of Coastal Resiliency and Adaptation 

Monday, August 24
12:25–1:05 PM PT | 3:25–4:05 PM ET

About the Session

This presentation covers the technical, insurance and legal perspectives of Coastal Resiliency and Adaptation. Ms. Irwin's portion of the presentation provides an overview of what coastal resiliency is; how governments, businesses and individuals are planning to address resiliency challenges; and innovative projects and strategies that are underway in Florida to improve resiliency to sea level rise and storms. Mr. Perry's portion of the presentation discusses Florida's laws that require local governments to plan for coastal resiliency. He will also discuss various laws and ordinances that are being passed in Florida and elsewhere to address coastal resiliency issues, as well as discuss how some local governments are having to apply laws already on the books in new ways to address coastal resiliency related problems. Finally, he will discuss unresolved legal issues associated with coastal resiliency and adaptation strategies, and discuss options for addressing these problems. Mr. Remer will provide an insurance industry perspective on coastal resiliency, and will discuss industry efforts to promote more resilient communities that mitigate the risk of disruption from shocks and stressors. 


  • Florida
  • Coastal Resiliency

About the Speakers

Tim Perry

Tim Perry
Ortel, Fernandex, Bryant & Atkinson

Timothy J. Perry is a partner with the law firm of Oertel, Fernandez, Bryant & Atkinson, P.A. in Tallahassee, Florida.  His practice concentrates on representing clients statewide in the areas of environmental, coastal, energy, land use, and administrative law.  He is a frequent lecturer in his areas of practice, covering topics including wetland delineations, water use permitting, coastal resiliency, land use and zoning, the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act.  Mr. Perry is admitted to practice in Florida and Alabama.  He serves as the President of the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals and the Tallahassee Area Association of Environmental Professionals, and as a Board Member of the National Association of Environmental Professionals.


Danielle Irwin
Cummins Cederberg

Danielle H. Irwin heads the Tallahassee office of Cummins Cederberg, southeast Florida's largest professional engineering firm uniquely specialized in the coastal and marine environment. Ms. Irwin's public and private experience spans the development spectrum including working waterfronts (marinas/dry stacks, ports, cruise industry), beachfront development, shoreline stabilization (seawalls to living shorelines), beach/inlet management, waterfront parks and public spaces, innovative municipal stormwater management, flood management and coastal resilience. Ms. Irwin is a Certified Floodplain Manager, Professional Wetland Scientist, and LEED Accredited Professional. She also serves on the Board for the Tallahassee Area Association of Environmental Professionals and the Leon County Water Resource Committee.

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