The Program Section of the Office of General Counsel is program counsel for all of the department’s regulatory and proprietary programs. It provides legal advice concerning program issues to the Division of Air Resource Management, Division of Waste Management, Division of Water Resource Management, Division of Environmental Assessment & Restoration, the Office of Water Policy and the department’s six regulatory districts. The Program Section also serves as counsel to the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund, the Divisions of State Lands, Recreation and Parks, and the Florida Coastal Office. The attorneys handle closings and closing audits for state land acquisitions. They also review leases, easements and other land use agreements for submerged lands and state-owned uplands. The section also serves as the Environmental Regulation Commission liaison.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.