In a UF Warrington College of Business article titled “Banking on Mitigation,” Gunster shareholder Eric Olsen weighs in on the permitting process.

The article explains that 30 new mitigation banks are in various stages of the permitting process, and according to Olsen, “It can take two years to obtain a permit from DEP or one of the state’s five water management districts, and more than five years for a federal permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.”

Gunster attorney Eric Olsen

Inside and outside of Florida, Eric Olsen assists myriad business and individual clients on environmental law and regulatory matters. A Florida native, for nearly three decades Eric has focused his practice on wetland regulation, mitigation banking, stormwater regulation, consumptive use or water use permitting, water supply and underground injection control. Beginning as a St. Johns River Water Management District in-house attorney, Eric worked with other water management districts to develop the Environmental Resource Permitting program, statutes and rules governing wetland mitigation banks, and rules and policies affecting water supply and water use. He was also involved in evaluating permit applications and resolving enforcement issues. 


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