Florida Panhandle Real Estate Law Firm Encourages Environmental Compliance
Pensacola Real Estate Attorney Guides the Construction Industry in Regulatory Compliance Issues
Florida’s environmental laws allow sites to be developed, projects to be built and facilities to be operated if there is reasonable assurance they will comply with those laws.
Permits and other authorizations issued by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), whether for air emissions, coastal construction, landfills, marinas, wastewater plants, or paper mills, establish detailed compliance standards under which these activities can be conducted while preserving air and water quality.
Compliance is essential to environmental and public health protection, and DEP’s objective is to resolve violations of Florida’s environmental requirements effectively and return violators to compliance as quickly as possible.
What Does ‘In Compliance’ Mean?
Being ‘in compliance’ means getting the proper written authorization to conduct an activity, if specific permission is required, and adhering to the conditions of that authorization and other applicable rules and laws. If no authorization is required, being in compliance simply means abiding by Florida law.
DEP also promotes compliance through enforcement, or punishment for non-compliance along with deterrence by delivering a strong message to the violator, and to others, that non-compliance will not be tolerated. The message may be in the form of:
- Monetary penalties
- Compensation for damages
- Implementation of in-kind projects that prevent pollution or otherwise enhance the environment
Determining the proper response to a violation depends on the seriousness of the violation, whether it was a first-time offense, and whether it was due to negligence or willful, among other considerations.
Contact an Experienced Florida Real Estate Attorney Today
Orlando Attorney Nishad Khan P.L. assisted clients with numerous Florida real estate matters, including environmental regulation compliance, for more than 12 years. Contact him online or call (850) 500-3030 to set up your free initial case evaluation today.