Amelia practices primarily in the area of environmental law, seeking to help clients navigate the regulatory process, the legislative arena, or a litigation setting. She routinely works with various agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. She has assisted clients on projects ranging from single-family docks, to mitigation banks, to large scale developments, to water supply matters.

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Experience

  • Represents clients in obtaining environmental permits from federal, state, and local agencies.
  • Defends environmental permits from challenge before Federal Courts, Florida Courts, and the Division of Administrative Hearings.
  • Guides mitigation bank clients through the permitting process with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and Florida’s water management districts.
  • Negotiates agreements with governmental agencies on behalf of private clients.
  • Participates in rulemaking regarding imperiled species and other environmental rules with state agencies as stakeholder on behalf of private clients.
  • Defends private clients from enforcement actions brought by state and federal agencies.
  • Negotiates agreements for water use among various private and public suppliers.

Representative Published Decisions

  • Conservancy of Southwest Florida v. G.L. Homes of Naples Associates II, Ltd. and South Florida Water Management District, DOAH Case No. 06-4922, Final Order Issued 7/12/2007 (co-counsel).
  • Old Pelican Bay III Association, Inc. v. Terry Carlson and Department of Environmental Protection, DOAH Case No. 08-0510, Final Order Issued 8/8/2008 (co-counsel).
  • Lee County and Sarasota County v. Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC and Department of Environmental Protection, DOAH Case No. 08-3886, Final Order Issued 2/2/2009 (co-counsel).
  • Lee County and Sarasota County v. Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC and Department of Environmental Protection, 29 So. 3d 301 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2010) (co-counsel).

Publications & Presentations

  • Environmental Resource Permitting in the Northwest Florida Water Management District, Florida Treatise on Environmental and Land Use Law (2012) (co-author).
  • Division of Responsibility for Wetlands Permitting, Florida Treatise on Environmental and Land Use Law (2008-2012) (co-author).
  • Nationwide Permits Under Both Rivers and Harbors Act Section 10 and Clean Water Act Section 404, Florida Treatise on Environmental and Land Use Law (2012) (co-author).
  • Why Do Federal Agencies Rely on ARNI Designations in Environmental Permitting?,  Environmental and Land Use Law in the Florida Bar Journal, December 2010 (co-author).
  • Why is ARNI an Environmental Permitting Stumbling Block?, Trends, ABA Section of Environmental, Energy, and Resources Newsletter, Volume 41, Number 3, January/February 2010 (co-author).

 


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