Florida has a strong regulatory framework of environmental laws designed to protect and manage the State's natural resources. AFCD supports effective environmental programs that protect the public, our natural resources, and private property interests. Environmental permitting requirements are often piecemeal, overlapping and conflicting. This is unnecessarily costly to the developer, confusing to local government, and does not serve the public interest.
Eliminate Conflicting Authority - There is a need for consistency among local, regional, State, and Federal government agencies regarding environmental permitting. There should not be overlapping jurisdictions or conflicting regulations. One agency should be given the authority and responsibility for regulation of a particular resource, without duplication by other agencies. Specific environmental permitting programs considered to be of essential State interest should be preempted to and carried out only by the State.
Redundant DRI Review Unnecessary - The environmental permitting process already involves local, regional, State and Federal agencies. The DRI Permitting Process, and specifically DRI reviews of marinas, airports, petroleum storage tanks, wetland preservation and habitat protection, are clear examples of where the regional planning councils and state land planning agency's review can be eliminated.