FCC News Brief - July 19, 2019

Read Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Cabinet eye land purchases targeted for conservation - “Gov. Ron DeSantis and Cabinet members next week will consider spending just over $11 million of Florida Forever conservation funds to acquire more than 900 acres in three parts of the state. The pieces of land targeted for conservation are 717 acres within the Wakulla Springs Protection Zone in Wakulla County, 129 acres in Charlotte County and the 57-acre Fish Island in St. Johns County. Fish Island, the most expensive of the proposals at $6.5 million, is one of the last remaining undeveloped waterfront properties in St. Augustine. The land in Wakulla County, south of Tallahassee, would require $4.2 million from the state. The property connects the Apalachicola National Forest with the Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park. Department of Environmental Protection officials said they are seeking $2.54 million from the Federal Forest Legacy to reduce the cost. The Charlotte County site, which would cost about $396,000, consists of a 100-foot-wide former railroad right-of-way that extends 8.2 miles and bisects the Babcock-Webb Wildlife Management Area. The cost to the state could be reduced by as much as 75 percent if the Department of Environmental Protection is successful in an application for Federal Wildlife and Sport Restoration funding.” From CBS Miami/ The News Service of Florida.

Read Wildlife Commission steps up water patrols as manatee deaths approach record - “The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is stepping up water patrols following reports that the number of manatees killed by collisions with boats is set to break the annual record. “We strategically assign officers to patrol certain areas based on boating activity and manatee data,” Col. Curtis Brown, director of the Wildlife Commission’s Division of Law Enforcement said in a news release. “We also work closely with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and local partners to make sure that boaters know to look out for manatees. We want people and manatees to be safe.” Brown said his officers will be targeting the waterways of the three counties with the highest number of boat-related manatee deaths: Lee, Brevard and Volusia. As of July 9, boaters had fatally struck 89 manatees, according to records kept by the Florida Wildlife Commission. That’s just 33 short of the record for a full year, with five months to go. In this same time period last year, the number hit by boats was just 65. Martine de Wit, the veterinarian who oversees the state’s Marine Mammal Pathology Laboratory in St. Petersburg, called it "an unprecedented number." And Patrick Rose, executive director of the Save the Manatee Club, predicted that passing the record “could happen really fast. Another month or two and we could be there…” Craig Pittman reports for the Tampa Bay Times

Read Dead tourists? Maybe Florida will now do more about flesh-eating bacteria - “Florida officials may soon do more about the deadly bacteria lurking in Florida waters. Why? Because of headlines like this: “Flesh-eating bacteria kills a Memphis man who visited Florida waterways.” See, when tourism is your state’s economic lifeline, headlines that feature the phrase “flesh-eating” So are the photos that accompany these stories … of people with limbs that are swollen and turning black from the Vibrio vulnificus bacteria  are bad for business. Forty-two people were infected last year, according to Florida health records. That’s more than double the number a decade ago. Florida’s bacteria problem — which is most likely to affect people with open wounds in warm, salty waters — was also featured recently on OutbreakNewsToday.com I’m going to go out on a limb and say you never want see your state featured on OutbreakNewsToday.com. Especially in stories that use words like “blistering skin lesions.” The truth is that Vibrio vulnificus has been causing trouble in Florida for a while now, particularly with people who have compromised immune systems… It’s tempting to blame this on pollution. But most evidence suggests the bacteria is naturally occurring in warm waters. Florida has a lot of warm waters. One piece I read said that, in Florida, the illness is “most common in March through December.” Um, that’s almost all the months. Still, cases are surfacing in more parts of the country, with experts saying climate change and planetary warming is a prime suspect. “Vibrios are in many ways a poster child for climate change,” Dr. Glenn Morris, director of the Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida, recently told NBC, “because they are very sensitive to small changes in temperature.” So basically, if the thought of losing all of Miami to rising waters doesn’t concern you, maybe the thought of losing your lower leg does…” Scott Maxwell writes Opinion for the Orlando Sentinel

Read FL getting $166 million from VW ‘dieselgate’ settlement; state wants public input on how to spend it - “Florida is getting $166 million from Volkswagen as part of a $3 billion national settlement reached when the carmaker was caught improperly rigging emissions equipment to make it look like VW cars (including Audis and Porsches) were emitting less pollution than they actually produced. Now, the state Department of Environmental Protection has released a draft plan on how the state intends to spend the $166 million, and is asking for public input through August 16. Many VW cars had a “defeat device” in diesel engines that could detect when they were being tested, and VW admitted cheating U.S. emissions tests. The engines emitted nitrogen oxide pollutants up to 40 times above what is allowed in the U.S., posing a health threat, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says...Florida’s settlement money, the DEP said in a written statement, “will go toward projects to mitigate the excess emissions caused by certain Volkswagen vehicles operating without the legally required emissions controls.” The Florida Chapter of the Sierra Club says the state’s plan misses a “major opportunity to clean up transportation.” “The state has signaled it favors investing in diesel vehicles in its plan, leaving the door wide open for further pollution in our communities,” the group said in a press release. “Dedicating 15 percent of the Volkswagen Settlement money for electric vehicle charging infrastructure — as this plan does — is good but it’s not enough,” Sierra Club’s Florida Chapter Director Frank Jackalone said in a written statement. “It’s just the tip of the iceberg of the investments needed to tackle transportation emissions in a state that could be underwater in just a few decades…” Julie Hauserman reports for the Florida Phoenix

Read Despite threats from hurricanes and rising seas, populations continue to swell along the coast - “Hurricanes have caused record flooding, killed dozens of people and wiped out entire communities along the coast in recent years. But the devastation — and the growing threats from sea level rise — haven’t seemed to deter people from moving closer to the water. Counties along the country’s vulnerable coastlines, including South Florida, have continued to grow in population, according the U.S. Census, which published estimates of population changes from 2010 to 2018. It means more people are living in areas that are constant targets of hurricanes, including Hurricane Michael, which decimated communities in the Florida Panhandle less than a year ago. The Atlantic coastline has grown by about 4 million people since 2010, bringing the total population of the area to about 60 million, or about 18 percent of the total U.S. population. More people close to water also brings another impending risk from the effects of climate change. South Florida and other beachside communities continue to face the threats of record-breaking flooding, which forecasters predict will likely worsen. Meanwhile, local officials are scrambling to come up with solutions on how to protect communities from the rising seas, changing building codes and building barriers to fortify against the intruding coastlines. Given the risks, it could be good news that the rate of growth in South Florida is slowing, but other areas in the state continue to outpace most other counties in the U.S. St. John’s County, where St. Augustine is located, topped the list of population growth among coastal counties nationally. Nearly 64,000 more residents moved in between 2010 and 2018, a nearly 34 percent increase, data shows. Several counties on Florida’s Gulf Coast also made the Top 10 for fastest growth, including Walton, Manatee and Lee counties.” Aric Chokey reports for the South Florida Sun Sentinel

Read Army Corps wants ‘immediate’ changes to Lake Okeechobee management - “Changes in how Lake Okeechobee is managed are in such an “immediate” need that the Army Corps of Engineers is rushing through rule amendments without public comment — a hastiness that has raised concerns about potential water shortages in Palm Beach County. The changes to 11-year-old federal guidelines that regulate lake levels are necessary to avoid harmful algae blooms in northern estuaries, according to an internal Corps letter that was circulated among Palm Beach County Commissioners on Monday. Melissa Nasuti, of the Corps’ planning and policy division, said in the July 10 letter that “due to the nature and immediate need for this deviation, we are not able to solicit public comment prior to signature.” This year, the Corps used special flexibility to release water from Lake Okeechobee during the dry season in an effort to reduce lake levels so that discharges wouldn’t be needed during summer months when algae is more likely to be present. The move drew backlash from Glades-area communities, agriculture interests and county and municipal water managers concerned draining the lake too much would leave them with water shortages if there was a drought…” Kimberly Miller reports for the Palm Beach Post

Red Jane Castor may have a fight on her hands over Tampa’s ‘toilet-to-tap’ project - “Could Tampa Mayor Jane Castor’s first big battle with City Council be over a program to turn sewage into drinking water? First the facts: only highly-treated reclaimed water, 50 million gallons of which are currently legally dumped into Tampa Bay, be injected into the Florida Aquifer and then pulled back up to be dumped into the Hillsborough River and adjacent canals. Tampa said the resulting drinking water would be safe. Opponents, including the Sierra Club, the League of Women Voters and, perhaps, several new council members, say environmental questions remain and wonder why the city needs to proceed with a $350 million project without vetting other options. On Thursday, the issue surfaced again as the Castor administration pulled a $610,000 request for public outreach for what the city dubs the “Tampa Augmentation Project” or TAP and critics sneer as “toilet-to-tap”...Castor spokeswoman Ashley Bauman emailed a statement. "As water shortages and restrictions become more common in cities across the country and world, we believe that securing our drinking water supply for the next forty years is a cornerstone in making Tampa and our region resilient,” the statement read: “We will continue to work with the community and members of council to find the best process to ensure Tampa's water supply is sustainable. There is no reason taxpayers should have to spend additional money to purchase water when we release 50 million gallons of purified water into the bay a day…” Charlie Frago reports for the Tampa Bay Times

Read Florida’s fragile ecosystem key to state’s economic health - “ The annual trip to the ICAST sportfishing trade show in Orlando usually offers a bonus opportunity to visit some great coastal Florida fishing destinations. This year’s trips were once again booked out of the Charlotte Harbor area, near Punta Gorda on the southwest gulf side. I have fished inshore in this area several times over the years, usually having excellent success with big snook and abundant redfish as well as the occasional speckled trout. I knew going in, however, that opportunities would be diminished this year. Southwest Florida suffered a devastating, prolonged red tide event that began in 2017 and continued through the fall of 2018. Countless gamefish, as well as other species including manatees and sea turtles, died. The damage was such that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission declared that all redfish, snook and trout caught in this area must be released as stocks rebuild… Toxic algae blooms, harmful to humans as well as sea life and underwater habitat, often result. The chemicals and nutrients in the released water are suspected of also increasing the intensity and duration of red tide outbreaks. Proponents for change to water management practices declare that, besides health issues, toxic waters scare away tourists, diminish real estate values, cripple fishing industries and more. Florida’s water quality and the state of the Everglades and sea grasses was the focus of a Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership seminar at the recent ICAST show. Water quality was also a centerpiece issue at exhibits by the Coastal Conservation Association and in the roving work of a non-profit group launched by charter fishing captains called Captains for Clean Water. Congress passed in 2000 the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, but an apparent lack of political will stalled progress. Last year’s red tide and toxic algae events fueled the outrage necessary to force action. Within days of taking office last January, Governor Ron DeSantis signed an executive order directing $2.5 billion towards Everglades restoration and protection of water resources. The order also established a “Blue-Green Algae Task Force.” If, like me, you value the opportunity to fish in Florida and enjoy the beautiful, bountiful waters that have always represented the Sunshine State, you can’t sit on your hands and wait for someone else to do something. Just as the water quality in our own Chesapeake Bay represents a national interest, so does the situation in Florida. The political heat needs to remain constant, even when dead fish aren’t floating near the beaches…” Ken Perrotte writes for the Free Lance-Star

Read Recycling to resume in Florida county after 6-month suspension - “Santa Rosa County, Florida will resume its suspended recycling program following the adoption of a new contract with the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA), as reported by the Navarre Press and Pensacola News Journal. The deal comes after ECUA terminated its previous recyclables processing agreement in April — five months before the contract's scheduled expiration in September — as a result of market volatility, forcing the county to landfill recyclables… According to Nathalie Bowers, ECUA's public information officer, the MRF operator requested to terminate its June 6, 2016 agreement with Santa Rosa County due to high contamination rates (30-38%) and a transportation charge in the existing contract. ECUA's board, however, rejected the proposed contract on June 25, opting instead to present a sliding scale agreement — dependent on the average market value of commodities —with processing fees ranging from an estimated $10 to $56 per ton. Based on current average commodity values of $45 to $55 per ton, the county expects to pay a $46 to $56 processing fee. Santa Rosa County is one of several Florida localities that have suspended or altered recycling programs in the wake of China's scrap import ban. Commissioners in Deltona voted in January to indefinitely halt the city's curbside program, and Pensacola was forced to landfill recyclables from September 2017 to July 2018 — a situation ultimately resolved by the approval of a new processing contract with ECUA…” Rina Li reports for WasteDive.

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Upcoming Environmental Events:

July 20- 9:00am-4:30pm - Rights of Nature Workshop - (Fort Myers) - This one-day workshop will provide an overview of the movement in the United States and abroad to recognize legally enforceable rights for ecosystems. The workshop will focus on four main areas – (1) the failure of conventional environmental regulatory law to protect the natural environment; (2) the growth of the “community rights” movement in the U.S. in over three hundred communities to recognize rights to sustainability; (3) the theoretical and legal basis for the recognition of legally enforceable rights of ecosystems, where those laws have been adopted, and how they are being enforced; and (4) the application of the rights of nature to counties and municipalities in Florida, including an exploration of next steps in Lee County. The workshop will be led by Thomas Linzey, Esq., Senior Counsel for the nonprofit Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) (www.celdf.org). A short curriculum and lunch will be provided to participants. Attendance is limited to thirty individuals who should have a history of community activism. Please email info.cwn2019@gmail.com to preregister for this ticketed event. For more information, visit the EventBrite page here.

July 23rd - 6:00pm-7:30pm - Escambia-Santa Rosa Solar & Storage Info Session - (Pensacola) - Live in Escambia or Santa Rosa County and want to go solar? Now's your chance! Neighbors across the area have formed the Escambia-Santa Rosa Solar + Storage Co-op with the help of Solar United Neighbors to make it easier to save money on the purchase of solar panels and storage solutions, while building a community of local solar supporters. Join us for a free information session to learn about solar energy, battery back-up, as well as how the co-op simplifies the process of going solar while providing a discount through its bulk purchasing power. RSVP for this free event here. Address: Pensacola Library, 239 N Spring St, Pensacola, FL 32502 .

July 25th-28th – 6th Annual Springs Field School -(Ocala) – Join the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute for an in-depth course on Florida springs for all backgrounds. Held from July 25th-28th in Ocala, the Springs Field School explores topics on springs ecology, water use, pollution impacts, and environmental management. For more info and the full course schedule visit https://floridaspringsinstitute.org/events/fieldschool/.

July 30 - 6:00pm - National Climate Assessment Teach-In - (Pensacola) - Join 350 Pensacola and several local scientists as we report on the science of climate change using the National Climate Assessment (NCA). The NCA is the comprehensive report on climate change in the U.S., and represents the combined work of dozens of Federal agencies and many of the nation’s best and brightest scientists. The Teach-In is an intensive session of climate science and impacts for a general audience, helping local residents learn more about the epic challenge of our time and how our communities are already being impacted.  The latest NCA was originally released the day after Thanksgiving, 2018, in an attempt to keep the report from receiving significant media attention. The Teach-In is a way of honoring the hard work of those who created the report, and helping us understand and prepare for change. The presentation is part of a regular speaker series on climate change and related issues sponsored by 350 Pensacola. For more information: 350pensacola@gmail.com. Where: Studer Community Institute Building, 220 West Garden St., Pensacola.

August 1st - 9:00am - 3:00pm - Blue-Green Algae Task Force meeting - (Fort Pierce) - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is hosting the third meeting of the Blue-Green Algae Task Force, which will play an important role in expediting water quality improvements in the next five years. The key focus of the Task Force is to support funding and restoration initiatives, such as prioritizing solutions and making recommendations to expedite nutrient reductions in Lake Okeechobee and the downstream estuaries. The agenda is forthcoming and will be made available on the Blue-Green Algae Task Force website. All members of the public are welcome to attend. The meeting will be streamed live online. The details of how to access this broadcast will be posted to the website as soon as they are available. Where: Florida Atlantic University, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Johnson Education Center, 5600 US 1 North, Fort Pierce, FL 34946.

August 5th - 5:30pm - 8:30pm - Calusa Waterkeeper Town Hall - (Fort Myers) - Participate in the premiere of Calusa Waterkeeper’s new documentary, “Troubled Waters.” This short film will feature expert scientists and doctors as they explore the human health impacts of cyanotoxins and BMMA in South Florida. An extended Q&A session with an all-star panel of experts will follow the video screening. Tickets and more information is available here. Address: Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, 1380 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers FL 33907.

August 7th - 5:45pm-7:45pm - Understanding Nutrients & How to Manage Them - (Venice) - Join Hands Across the Water (HATW) for this educational event and get a chance to ask your most pressing questions about red tide, nutrient pollution, and water quality. Local Stormwater expert Steve Suau will be leading the presentation. This is also a chance to mingle with other HATW members, learn about local action items, and build support. Where: Frances T Bourne Jacaranda Public Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd, Venice FL 34293. For more information, check out the Facebook event page here.

August 10th - 8:00am-11:00am - Brevard County Clean Up for Manatees - (Cocoa Beach)- In collaboration with Keep Brevard Beautiful, Save the Manatee is organizing a Beach CleanUp this summer! Trash in our environment is a big problem for manatees and other wildlife. Manatees can ingest trash or get entangled in it, which can lead to injuries or even death. Any piece of trash on land can easily blow into the water and become a hazard for manatees. During the summer months, manatees can be found in shallow coastal areas and can sometimes even be observed from the beach, so we want to help them and clean up!
We'll meet on Saturday, August 10th, 2019 at 8 a.m. at Lori Wilson Park (1500 N Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931). Parking is available and supplies (buckets, gloves, trash pickers) will be provided. This is a family-friendly event and everyone is welcome! Visit the Facebook page for more information, and register here.

August 12th - 6:00pm-7:30pm - Escambia-Santa Rosa Solar & Storage Co-op - (Pensacola) - Join us for our August Earth Ethics Environmental Education Series as we welcome Julia Herbst with Florida Solar United Neighbors who will discuss and answer any questions with regards to the Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties Solar & Storage Co-op. Learn more about the co-op by visiting https://www.solarunitedneighbors.org/co-ops/florida/escambia-santa-rosa-county-solar-co-op-2019/. Follow the Facebook event here.

August 19th - 2:00pm-6:00pm - Orange County Legislative Delegation meeting - (Orlando) - Attend the Orange County Delegation meeting at the Orange County Administration Center, Commission Chambers, 201 South Rosalind Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801. You are encouraged to speak on behalf of Florida’s land, wildlife and water resources! To participate in the delegation meeting, email LD@ocfl.net for an appearance form. Appearance form can also be accessed here. Anyone wishing to speak before the Delegation must fill out a participation form and return it to the office no later than 5:00pm on August 9, 2019. Speakers will also be able to sign up at the Delegation meeting.

August 19th - 7:30pm-8:30pm - Agriculture & Conservation Easements workshop - (Callahan) - Conservation easements can be a profitable way of preserving farms and forestlands, while keeping them in production and in the family. However, there are dozens of easement programs out there, with difficult enrollment procedures and confusing rules for property owners. The UF/IFAS Nassau County Extension office has partnered with the North Florida Land Trust (NFLT) to offer a workshop on understanding how conservation easements work. NFLT's Land Protection Director, Marc Hudson will present their pros and cons, how they preserve agriculture and natural resources and how your property might qualify for one. We'll also give an overview of the various financial incentive programs available.  For further questions, please call the Nassau County Extension office at 904-530-6353 or email jdacey@ufl.edu.  Refreshments and snacks will be provided. To register (free) click here. UF/IFAS Nassau County Extension, 543350 US Highway 1, Callahan, FL 32011.

August 27th-28th -Florida Panhandle Forests & Drinking Water Workshop - (Apalachicola) - Join the Florida Forest Service & Workshop Planning Team for a tour and workshop of the Apalachicola Estuary and Tate’s Hell State Forest to learn about the connection between healthy forests and clean water. The tours begin at 1pm on the 27th, starting at Tate’s Hell State Forest, and ending with a boat tour of the Apalachicola Estuary. The workshop begins Wednesday August 28th at 8:00am at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Nature Center in Eastpoint. The workshop agenda includes both presentations and group discussion sessions. The primary goal is for participants to leave the meeting with tangible “next steps” to accelerate community-based watershed stewardship and protection throughout the Florida Panhandle. Lunch will be included at the August 28th Workshop. For additional information and registration, visit the Eventbrite site here.

August 29 - 5:30pm-7:30pm - Okaloosa County Legislative Delegation meeting - (Shalimar) - Attend the Okaloosa County Delegation meeting at the Okaloosa County Commission Chambers, Suite 100 1250 N Eglin Parkway Shalimar, FL 32579. You are encouraged to speak on behalf of Florida’s land, wildlife and water resources! Stay tuned for contact information and speaker request forms.

September 9th - 9:00am - Sarasota County Legislative Delegation meeting - (Sarasota) - Attend the Sarasota County Delegation meeting at the Sarasota County Administration Building, First Floor/Commission Chambers, 1660 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota FL 34236. You are encouraged to speak on behalf of Florida’s land, wildlife and water resources! Stay tuned for contact information and speaker request forms.

September 12th - 10:00am- Martin County Legislative Delegation meeting - (Stuart) - Attend the Martin County Delegation meeting at the Indian River State College Chastain Campus, Wolf Technology Center, 2400 SE Salerno Road, Stuart, FL 34997. You are encouraged to speak on behalf of Florida’s land, wildlife and water resources! To participate in the delegation meeting, email Joey Planz at Joey.Planz@MyFloridaHouse.gov for an appearance form. Participation form can also be accessed here. Anyone wishing to speak before the Delegation must fill out a participation form and return it to the office no later than noon on September 2, 2019.

September 23 - 2:00pm-3:30pm - Union County Legislative Delegation meeting - (Lake Butler) - Attend the Union County Delegation meeting at the Lake Butler City Commission Chamber, 200 SW 1st St., Lake Butler, FL 32054. You are encouraged to speak on behalf of Florida’s land, wildlife and water resources! To participate in the delegation meeting, email Rep. Payne’s office at Tammy.Still@myfloridahouse.gov before 3:00pm September 19.

September 23 - 4:30pm-6:30pm - Bradford County Legislative Delegation meeting - (Starke) - Attend the Bradford County Delegation meeting at the Bradford County Commission Chamber, County Courthouse, 945 N Temple Ave, Starke, FL 32091. You are encouraged to speak on behalf of Florida’s land, wildlife and water resources! To participate in the delegation meeting, email contact Rep. Payne’s office at Tammy.Still@myfloridahouse.gov before September 19th.

September 23 - 2:00pm-4:00pm - Citrus County Legislative Delegation meeting - (Inverness) - Attend the Citrus County Delegation meeting at the Citrus Board of County Commissioners’ Chamber Room, Citrus County Court House, 110 N. Apopka Avenue, Inverness, FL. You are encouraged to speak on behalf of Florida’s land, wildlife and water resources! To participate in the delegation meeting, email Adele Hembree at Adele.Hembree@myfloridahouse.gov before September 2nd to request an appearance form.

September 25 - 2:00pm-6:00pm - Brevard County Legislative Delegation meeting - (Cape Canaveral) - Attend the Brevard County Delegation meeting at the Canaveral Port Authority Commission Room, 445 Challenger Road, Cape Canaveral FL 32920. You are encouraged to speak on behalf of Florida’s land, wildlife and water resources! To participate in the delegation meeting, email complete the Appearance Request Form here before 5:00pm September 10th. For more information, email Lindsey Swindle at Swindle.Lindsey@flsenate.gov.

September 25 - 2:00pm-4:00pm - Putnam County Legislative Delegation meeting - (Palatka) - Attend the Putnam County Delegation meeting at the Board of County Commissioners Board Room, 2509 Crill Ave, Suite 200, Palatka FL 32177. You are encouraged to speak on behalf of Florida’s land, wildlife and water resources! Stay tuned for contact information and speaker request forms.

September 30th - October 2nd- Public Land Acquisition & Management (PLAM) Partnership 2019 Conference - (St. Augustine) - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is proud to announce the Public Land Acquisition and Management (PLAM) Partnership Conference. This statewide conference focuses on public land acquisition and management issues in Florida. PLAM has typically been hosted on a rotating basis by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the five water management districts. The conference will be held at the World Golf Village Renaissance Resort (500 S Legacy Trail, St. Augustine, FL 32092). WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Local, regional, state, federal, non-profit and private land managers; Land acquisition specialists and agents; Water managers; Engineers, planners, attorneys, surveyors, appraisers, architects; Public officials; Non-profit groups; Consultants; Others interested in conservation land planning. Registration coming soon. For more information, click here.

October 9th - 1:30pm - Lake County Legislative Delegation meeting - (Leesburg) -Attend the Lake County Delegation meeting at the Paul P. Williams Fine Arts Auditorium, Lake-Sumter State College, 9501 U.S. Highway 441, Leesburg, FL 34788. You are encouraged to speak on behalf of Florida’s land, wildlife and water resources! To participate in the delegation meeting, complete the public speaker request form here before September 18th. Email Rachel Barnes for additional information: BARNES.RACHEL@flsenate.gov.

October 10th - 6:30pm-8:30pm - Follow the Ichetucknee - (Lake City) - Mark your calendars now for an informal celebration of the Ichetucknee at Halpatter Brewing Company, 264 NE Hernando Avenue, Lake City, Florida 32055. Admission is free! You'll enjoy: Viewing new and newly scored videos about the Ichetucknee by collaborators Eric Flagg and Michael Amish; Meeting directors and members of the Ichetucknee Alliance; Socializing with people who love the Ichetucknee; Tasting craft beer and munching on pizza; Exploring our interconnections with the aquifer, the Ichetucknee, and each other; Finding out what you can do to help restore, protect and preserve the Ichetucknee. We are thrilled that the generous proprietors of Halpatter have offered their venue for this event. Please share this information with anyone you know who might be interested. There's also information about this event on our Facebook page here.

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