In February 2010, the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program and project partners Florida Sea Grant, Louisiana Sea Grant Law and Policy Program, Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, and Texas Wesleyan School of Law launched a new legal research and outreach program on the impact of the “regulatory takings” doctrine on the ability of local governments to implement sea level rise adaptation policies. This work is funded by Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant Programs, the EPA Gulf of Mexico Office, the Northern Gulf Institute, and the U.S. Geological Survey.
Although our products and services are designed to meet the needs of local planners and land use decision-makings, we believe this information will be useful to anyone living and working along the Gulf Coast. This site will serve as the clearinghouse for all legal analysis and outreach materials produced by the team. Information will also be shared on partner websites, such as the StormSmart Coast Network.
Stephanie Showalter Otts
Director, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program
Coastal Planning Specialist, Florida Sea Grant College Program
Research Counsel, MASGLP
Director, Louisiana Sea Grant Law and Policy Program
Endowed Chair, Harte Research Institute of Gulf of Mexico Studies,
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
The Project Team’s research findings were shared at Florida State University College of Law’s Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law Florida State Symposium on Sea Level Rise and Property Rights on April 23, 2010. The proceedings from the Symposium were published in the Spring 2011 issue of the Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law, including the following five articles written by Project Team members:
Copies of the symposium articles are available for download at: http://www.law.fsu.edu/co-curriculars/jluel/previous-issues/docs/default-source/journals/jluel/previous-issues/volume-26-number-2
StormSmart Legal: http://legal.stormsmart.org
Florida Sea Grant, Coastal Planning: http://www.flseagrant.org/coastalplanning
Legal Implications of Innovative Planning Strategies for Sea Level Rise in the Gulf of Mexico, International Conference on Sea Level Rise in the Gulf of Mexico, Corpus Christi, TX (March 3, 2010). Presentations of Project Team members Timothy Mulvaney, Thomas Ruppert, and Jim Wilkins available at: http://gulfsealevel.org/oral%20Presentations.htm.
Recent Developments in Takings Law: A Workshop for Planners, Gulfport, MS (Aug. 19, 2011): http://masglp.olemiss.edu/takingsworkshop.html.
Living shorelines: Aligning natural and regulatory barriers to innovative approaches to sea level rise, Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 2011, Daytona Beach, FL (Nov. 6, 2011).
Adaptive Planning for Sea Level Rise: Legal Issues for Local Government:
Takings 101: A Professional Development Module for Sea Grant Extension Agents, Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant Regional Extension Meeting (July 18, 2012)
For additional information about this project or any of the listed outreach activities, please contact Stephanie Showalter Otts, Director of the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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