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Jonathan Huels Discusses the Implications of Florida Assuming Section 404 Permitting

December 28, 2020

In an article published by the Orlando Business Journal, Shareholder Jonathan Huels discussed how real estate developments in Central Florida wetlands may be affected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to give the state of Florida Section 404 permitting authority. 

"It is anticipated that the state’s assumption will result in a more efficient and timely permitting process by eliminating duplicative review requirements found in the current regulatory framework," said Huels. "This should result in the reduction in the review and processing timelines for Section 404 permit applications."

Huels further commented, "However, it should be noted the state’s assumption does not include all of the jurisdictional waters in Central Florida or the state, in general. The Army Corps of Engineers will retain jurisdiction of the Section 404 program for projects that propose any dredge and fill of navigable waters and adjacent wetlands that are or could be used for interstate or foreign commerce, including all the state's tidal waters."

Read the article: Florida Now Can Issue Wetland Construction Permits. Here's How That Affects Developers (Subscription required) 


Johnathan works with local governments and other federal and state regulatory authorities to address the needs of his clients related to environmental permitting and compliance, brownfields, petroleum and hazardous waste assessment and remediation, zoning, comprehensive plans, concurrency, Developments of Regional Impact (DRI's), golf course and other types of property redevelopment, due diligence, and property rights. 

A member and past chairman of the City of Orlando's Municipal Planning Board, Jonathan is also a past member and chairman of the Orange County Environmental Protection Commission. In addition, Jonathan previously served on the Executive Council of the Environmental and Land Use Section of The Florida Bar from 2014-2020. He is an active member of the Coastal Conservation Association.

Huels holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in environmental science from the University of Florida and the University of Idaho. He received his law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Prior to attending law school, Jonathan worked as a research scientist with the South Florida Water Management District.

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