With Strategic vision, strong policy and technical expertise, and with close relationships with decision-makers throughout Florida, Littlejohn Mann & Associates delivers solutions and creates significant value for its clients.
Our Firm: Location, Principles, and Services
The offices of Littlejohn, Mann & Associates are located at 310 West College Avenue, near the Florida Capitol Complex in downtown Tallahassee, which provides an advantage in accessing state agencies, the Legislature and Governor's office. In addition, Jacksonville, Mobile and Atlanta are easily reachable when access to the Corps of Engineers and EPA becomes necessary.
The principals of the firm are Jeff Littlejohn and Doug Mann, who collectively bring more than a half-century of consulting and governmental relations experience to our clients. The principals work together on major water policy and environmental issues affecting Florida’s agriculture, businesses, seaport and development interests. Having a detailed understanding of current environmental policy direction within state and federal government, as well as close working relationships with decision-makers throughout Florida, Littlejohn Mann can effectively position our clients to avoid or minimize potential problems or facilitate solutions to problems as they arise.
Chuck Littlejohn founded his own lobbying firm in 1982, and joined up with Doug Mann in 1997 to form Littlejohn, Mann & Associates. Chuck recently retired and is now a senior advisor to Littlejohn, Mann. Over his long career, he served as lobbyist and environmental consultant for the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Florida Engineering Society, Florida Land Council and Florida Ports Council, blending his industrial, systems and environmental engineering expertise with governmental and regulatory affairs. Chuck also designed and produced the Florida Chamber’s Marco Island Environmental Permitting Summer Schools (1987- present); Growth Management Short Course (1990-2011); Environmental Permitting Short Courses (1985-1997); Solid and Hazardous Waste Short Course (1988-1990); and the Florida Environmental Network (1985- present), under licensing agreements with the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
Littlejohn, Mann provides the following services to its clients:
Monitoring and analyzing environmental legislation and agency rules at the state and federal level
Developing an appropriate strategy to address legislative issues
Representing client interests before executive branch agencies and legislative leaders
Providing strategic guidance, regulatory and technical assistance for land development projects
Our Practice Areas
Littlejohn, Mann & Associates focuses its practice on issues such as water and environmental policy, agriculture, transportation and seaports, land development, regulatory reform, and growth management. More detailed information follows.
Water and Environment
Littlejohn, Mann & Associates is centrally involved in numerous, statewide water policy and environmental issues, and its principals are recognized, “go-to” experts on the current issues, ranging from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) “Waters of the United States “ rulemaking efforts to the upcoming water policy legislation in 2015.
Doug Mann of Littlejohn Mann and Associates serves as Chairman of the Associated Industries of Florida’s H2O Coalition. As Chairman of the Associated Industries of Florida’s H2O Coalition, Doug Mann brings together stakeholders from the Florida Water Alliance and AIF’s Numeric Nutrient Criteria Task Force to tackle Florida’s major water quantity and water quality issues in a comprehensive way and advocate for science-based solutions.
The guiding principles of the H2O Coalition are to:
Support solutions based on the best available science.
Support an annual dedicated source of funding for water quantity and water quality projects.
Support Alternative Water Supply projects that enlarge Florida’s “water pie.”
Support regional projects that use a menu of water quantity and quality options.
Support funding and projects that provide adequate water supply for public drinking water, agriculture and the environment.
House Speaker Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner have both said that Florida’s water challenges will be their number one priority during their two year leadership tenure. Additionally, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam has for several years identified water as the state’s most important issue. As in the past, Littlejohn, Mann will be involved in shaping the proposed solutions taken up by the Florida Legislature and ultimately acted upon by Governor Scott. We are poised to make water policy decisions over the next two years that will affect Florida for decades.
Implementation of Florida’s Numeric Nutrient Criteria are going into effect by the end of 2014, and while the rules adopted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are much better than EPA’s version, difficult challenges lie ahead for many permit holders. The new NNC rules will effect National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting, including Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permits, and Environmental Resource Permits (ERPs), and may trigger the emergence of Water Quality Credit Trading as a response to rising costs.
Jeff Littlejohn was in the middle of the negotiations with EPA on Florida’s NNC rules and spearheaded the statewide overhaul of the ERP rules. As an expert in these new water and environmental regulations, and with his knowledge of emerging regulatory and policy direction from DEP, Jeff is uniquely positioned to assist our clients.
“Florida’s most precious resource is water. Our water supply is more than just a tourist attraction — it’s also the heart of our agriculture industry and the source of drinking water we all depend upon to live our lives. Water is essential to our existence, yet water policy is often overlooked. To ignore the growing demand for and the quality of our supply leaves our state incredibly vulnerable. I want to thank AIF for bringing interested stakeholders to the table to address our water challenges. It is imperative that we take comprehensive, long-term action to protect water quality and supply for all Floridians, not just today, but for generations to come.”
– Speaker Steve Crisafulli
“Water is the biggest long-term issue facing the State of Florida, but there is no easy solution for a state of such diverse water resources… Florida’s water policy must be flexible, comprehensive and long term. I am thrilled to see Florida businesses coming together, under the leadership of AIF, to address Florida’s water crisis with sound principles and science-based approach.”
– Adam Putnam, Commissioner of Agriculture
Doug’s strong knowledge of Agriculture issues comes from his long representation of A. Duda & Sons, Inc., where he served for ten years as Corporate Vice President for Governmental Affairs before joining Littlejohn, Mann & Associates. Duda is one of the state’s largest agricultural and land development companies. Doug honed his political and policy knowledge and organizational skills leading Duda’s Washington and Tallahassee efforts.
Doug started his lobbying experience by heading the Tallahassee office of the Florida Farm Bureau Federation in 1985. Over the next three years, he was effective in expanding the Bureau’s legislative agenda to include growth management and environmental issues. Since that time, Doug has been instrumental in many legislative and executive branch issues involving or affecting agriculture interests, including:
•Agriculture ad valorem tax assessments •Greenbelt law changes •Citrus Canker legislation •The Florida Right to Farm Act •Establishing and expanding the Office of Agriculture Water Policy in the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS) •Agriculture Best Management Practices (BMPs) •Florida’s Private Property Law
Large landowners must always be on the watch for potential changes to water policy, land use, wildlife, and environmental regulations that could have an adverse effect on their land values or ability to farm or redevelop their lands.theseissues, and with its close working relationships to key decision-makers in state and federal agencies, can assist our clients with land development projects, establishing compliance with water quality and nutrient reduction targets, or negotiating wildlife BMPs.
Seaports & Transportation
Florida’s ports are significant economic engines, generating hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic value to the state. With the imminent opening of the Panama Canal Expansion Project, major changes to shipping routes are already taking place, and Florida is poised to benefit tremendously from these changes. As larger vessels with more cargo containers pass through Florida’s ports, we must invest in the infrastructure necessary to accommodate these increases, or this incredible opportunity will pass us by.
Littlejohn, Mann & Associates has represented the Florida Ports Council for over 20 years on a wide range of environmental and growth management matters, and has been instrumental in positively affecting the outcome of many legislative and executive branch issues involving the interests of Florida’s seaports, including:
Establishing the Seaport Environmental Management Committee
Relief from provisions of Growth Management laws
Regulatory exemptions for maintenance dredging
Mitigation for environmental impacts
Relief from certain stormwater treatment requirements
Waste management practices for the Cruise Industry
Marine Turtle lighting restrictions
Sovereign submerged lands
Florida’s ports must continue to be vigilant against increasing regulatory burdens that negatively impact their operations or ability to add infrastructure to meet the needs of Florida’s growing population. After all, we are in a global economy, and disproportionate burdens placed on Florida’s ports will drive trade to competitor ports in the region, harming Florida’s people and economy.