A licensed Florida attorney, Ruppert’s work focuses on hazard mitigation, post-disaster recovery planning, environmental protection, marine spatial planning, and associated long-term challenges and opportunities of Florida’s coastal communities. He provides assistance to agents and local governments served by Florida Sea Grant. His areas of expertise include beach and coastal policy in Florida, Florida’s coastal construction control line permitting, comprehensive planning law, sea turtle habitat protection, the Endangered Species Act, coastal and marine permitting programs, and 5th amendment takings law. Additional environmental issues he has worked on include the Clean Water Act’s total maximum daily load program, water quality trading, low-impact development storm water, homeowners’ associations, and boating law issues.
Ruppert speaks fluent Spanish and has worked and presented in several Latin American countries. Topics in this realm have included human rights, water, land use planning, property issues, and U.S. environmental law.