Deborah Getzoff Speaks at the Florida Chamber’s 36th Annual Environmental Permitting Conference

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Deborah Getzoff Speaks at the Florida Chamber’s 36th Annual Environmental Permitting Conference

Deborah A. Getzoff, a partner in Shutts & Bowen LLP’s Tampa office, recently presented at two conference sessions during the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 36th Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School Conference, held July 19-22, 2022, at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort. Shutts & Bowen was also a conference sponsor.

Deborah, who has been a presenter on various topics throughout the conference’s 36-year history, was once again a featured educational speaker at the largest and most successfully attended environmental conference in the state of Florida. On July 20th and 21st, Deborah was the moderator and a presenter for the “Federal Wetlands Permitting Update” session, discussing the Army Corps of Engineers’ Section 404 (Clean Water Act) and Section 10 (Rivers and Harbors Act) permitting processes, including best practices for navigating through their complexities. The panelists also covered a step-by-step analysis of the ACOE permitting process including illustrative case study examples; emphasis on the key components to enhancing the speed of the application process; and avoiding pitfalls and other time sinks in order to obtain a favorable ACOE decision.

Founded in 1968, the Florida Chamber Foundation is a business-led, solutions development and research organization, working in partnership with state business leaders to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Environmental Network, Inc. (FENI) is part of the Foundation’s ongoing efforts to keep members and organizations informed of environmental and growth management laws and regulations. Each year FENI produces the popular ‘Summer School’ Conference to engage with engineers, attorneys, consultants, state and local government officials, developers, landowners and others with a strong interest in environmental issues in Florida. The Environmental ‘Summer School’ Conference featured over 90 courses throughout the event and offered continuing education credits to legal professionals, engineers and licensed environmental professionals.


About Deborah A. Getzoff

Deborah Getzoff is a partner in the Shutts Tampa office, where she is a member of the Real Estate Practice Group. With more than 35 years of environmental and administrative law experience in both the private and public sectors, Deborah has had extensive experience representing developers, hotels, beach communities and condominiums in the permitting of land development projects, beach and coastal construction/protection projects, and marinas before state and federal environmental agencies. She has negotiated issuance of state and federal permits for large-scale developments involving impacts to wetlands, water quality and endangered and threatened species. She has obtained permits and state lands approvals for hotels, beach construction, coastal protection structures, and marina projects. Deborah served as Director of The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Southwest District Office from 1999-2011 where she managed permitting and compliance activities for Water, Waste, Air and Environmental Resource wetland programs in a twelve-county area.  She had previously served as Deputy General Counsel for Permitting at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

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