FCC News Brief - August 15, 2019

Read How will Florida species like manatee and panther be impacted by Endangered Species Act changes? - “On Monday the Trump administration revised how it would enforce the Endangered Species Act. Environmentalists warned that it could mean fewer protections for plants and animals in danger of going extinct – at the same time as a global mass extinction. To find out what these changes could mean for Florida species like the manatee and Florida panther, WMNF spoke with Brett Hartl, the government affairs director at the Center for Biological Diversity...“And, a good example, right in Florida is that, obviously, you’ve got the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. They make lots of decisions about what happens in the water and where, in terms of development. And, we are weakening the safeguards that are put in place to protect endangered species from agencies, like the Army Corps.” [Sean Kinane]: So how might that affect a species, like the manatee or like the Florida panther here in Florida? “Right, so for both the manatee and the panther, the Federal government is very involved in the permitting decisions and the actions that happen in Florida. In a nutshell, it’s called the ‘consultation process’ and it requires that the Fish and Wildlife Service be talked to before anything is done. And, that the harms that might come from development, in whatever form, are properly mitigated, properly minimized, so we don’t put the panther back on a path to extinction, so the manatee populations can keep growing. “And, they’re changing the rules in a way that’s very, very dangerous, and effectively putting the burden on these species in terms of the scientific proof needed to take action. So what’s going to happen is more agency actions are going to get approved without real mitigation, because they’re going to use scientific uncertainty, it’s sort of the classic tactic of the tobacco industry, as an excuse to not properly regulate. “So it’s going to set back the conservation of these two species, as well as, basically, every other species in Florida.” Sean Kinane reports for WMNF.

Read Poop, sargassum, flesh-eating bacteria in ocean waters. What a stinky summer, Florida! - “The “what I did this summer” compositions have a lot of educational potential this year, teachers. Going back to school may be a relief after a quite the stinky summer on Florida’s beaches. Poop, sargassum and flesh-eating bacteria are thriving in waters warmer than usual, putting a major damper on vacations and setting the stage for what should be the first lesson of the school year: The effects of climate change. The only place to be this summer in Florida: inland and indoors. When you vacation in the allegedly paradisaical Sunshine State, the only thing assured by warming Mother Earth these days is a cancer-inducing sunburn. But clean, clear waters, my dear friends, seems to be a thing of many years past. Vintage material. A past you yearn for; “oh, how I love summer,” I wrote many moons ago. In Miami-Dade alone, we’ve had several alerts of high levels of fecal matter — better known as poop — in some of the most popular beaches: Crandon Park, South Beach, and this week, Bal Harbour and Haulover after a sewage spill. When we’re not swimming in caca in South Florida, we’re drowning in excessive levels of sargassum — a darker, nastier form of the regular bothersome seaweed that leaves you scratching private places in public. The county sargassum cleanup of the shore — a little too late for kids returning to school this week in Broward and next week in Miami-Dade — has helped some. But more is offshore, and people have been left with no confidence that the waters are safe. “I’m a little afraid to go into the water even though it looked really inviting today,” reported a friend who shuttles between her suburban home and an apartment on the beach near Lincoln Road and had never seen the seaweed as bad as this year’s...I give up on you, Florida. The competition with the algae bloom and toxic red tide invasion of last year is stiff. But the summer of 2019 will go down in the history books as one of the most olfactory-challenged in the Sunshine State. And for some people, sadly, it was a deadly one, too. No, the water isn’t safe for all. Kids are better off in the classroom learning about climate change and writing about the summer of stinky wild things…” Fabiola Santiago writes Opinion for the Miami Herald.

Read Florida power companies ask state regulators to let them retreat from energy-saving goals. Again. - “Florida's investor-owned utilities are asking state regulators to let them back away from prior pledges to promote energy and conservation. That could put power-saving discount programs for customers in jeopardy. At a hearing that has stretched into its second day on Tuesday, representatives from utilities, including Duke Energy Florida and Tampa Electric Co., testified that continuing to provide programs to help customers save energy aren't cost effective. Environmentalists say the existing energy-saving programs weren’t particularly ambitious to begin with. "Florida does not have meaningful energy efficiency programs," said Susan Glickman, director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. "The big investor-owned utilities are at the hearing this week to make it worse." The state requires publicly-owned utilities and some municipal utilities to set goals every five years for how much energy they will save by encouraging their customers cut down on their power use and make upgrades to their homes and businesses, such as buying more energy-efficient appliances. Across the board, the state's utilities proposed benchmarks that both environmentalists and state consumer advocates called "zero" goals, for how little energy savings they produce. Tampa Electric Co. asked to reduce its goal for how much energy savings its programs will produce to 165 gigawatt hours annually, down 14 percent from its last goal in 2014, Duke requested a 15 percent reduction to 166 gigawatt hours. Florida Power & Light, which serves much of South Florida, asked for a nearly complete withdrawal from prior conservation pledges, a 99 percent drop to 1.03 gigawatt hours…” Malena Carollo reports for the Tampa Bay Times.

Read Florida’s VW settlement money should be spent on electric transportation - not buses using fossil fuels - “Known for nonsensical sayings, Yogi Berra famously said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Florida is at a fork in the road when it comes to the future of transportation. The climate crisis threatens Florida’s economic pillars — tourism, agriculture, real estate development, and ports. We must address this problem and the resulting effects such as sea-level rise and killer heat. Because dangerous carbon emissions from the transportation sector now outpace those from power plants, the state must be a leader in the electrification of transportation. You may remember that a few years back, Volkswagen admitted to falsifying emissions levels from its diesel engines, which were in gross violation of Clean Air Act standards...Florida’s share of that settlement is more than $166 million, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) gets to decide how the money is spent. It already has committed 15 percent — the maximum allowed — to electric vehicle charging infrastructure. That’s a good thing. And Gov. Ron DeSantis has wisely committed to putting chargers along Florida’s Turnpike. Another 15 percent has been earmarked for diesel where no alternative vehicles exist, such as tugboats. So what’s in question is the remaining 70 percent of the settlement money… sIn the draft plan, DEP states that options that reduce pollutants the most in the short term will be given priority consideration. Sounds good, right? Not really. Fossil fuel buses may reduce pollution on a “cost per ton” basis in the short term, but not over the lifetime of a bus. An electric bus costs less than diesel over a vehicle’s lifetime… DEP can best protect Florida citizens by turning VW’s pollution scandal into a plan that embraces clean energy solutions. Looking at costs over the lifetime of an investment is the place to start…” Susan Glickman writes Special to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Read Who will benefit from Florida’s new toll roads? Take a look at who’s consulting on where they will go. - “When state lawmakers earlier this year approved the largest expansion of Florida’s toll roads in decades, they were sold on the premise that the new roads had several public benefits. They would ease congestion, boost the economies of the rural areas where they would go and greatly improve hurricane evacuation routes. All along, however, it was the Florida Chamber of Commerce, a large consortium of private business interests, that was one of the loudest champion of the toll roads. Now that the massive project is in the early public planning stages, it’s becoming evident just how big a role private interests will play in determining where and how these roads will get built. Three task forces meet for the first time later this month to advise state officials. All three, one for each proposed road, will include members of the Florida chamber. But the task forces will also include representatives from industry groups like the Florida Trucking Association, where haulers will benefit from better routes, and the Florida Internet & Television Association, where members could get easier access to customers to offer them broadband internet, a requirement of the project. Unlike the other members on the three boards, members drawn from industry could or will financially benefit from the project. “I think they have too much of a vested interest,” said Lindsay Cross, government relations director for Florida Conservation Voters...“Anybody who’s been around Tallahassee wouldn’t be surprised by this,” Sierra Club lobbyist David Cullen, who tried and failed to convince lawmakers the toll roads would be disastrous for the environment. “It’s business as usual.” The three task forces, each with more than 40 members, will spend the next year recommending where more than 300 miles of toll roads through rural parts of the state, an idea lawmakers approved in May…” Lawrence Mower reports for the Tampa Bay Times.

Read Nestle taking water from the aquifer for private profit isn’t in the public interest - “Néstle’s proposed water bottling plant near High Springs, which draws water from the Ginnie Springs area, depends on a water permit owned by Seven Springs Water, which has just applied for a five-year renewal from the Suwannee River Water Management District. Néstle also has plans for increased production, as indicated by infrastructure enlargements. A look at the permitting process shows that they do not meet the permit requirements and should be denied the permit. Here’s why: The Santa Fe River is in decline, and more water withdrawals of water will harm the river and springs. It is impossible to withdraw millions of gallons of water, up to .09% of the combined Ginnie Springs complex flow, and not have an impact. If you take any amount or water out of a glass of water, you will have less. Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) permit rules say there must be “reasonable-beneficial use” which it defines as: “…the use of water in such quantity as is necessary for economic and efficient utilization for a purpose and in a manner which is both reasonable and consistent with the public interest.”...Interestingly, public interest is not defined in Florida law, but a legal dictionary says it’s anything affecting the rights, health, or finances of the public at large. Public interest is a common concern among citizens in the management and affairs of local, state and national government. It does not mean mere curiosity but is a broad term that refers to the body politic and the public well-being. Note this says public “at large.” It does not say one corporation. Depleting the public’s spring waters is not in the public interest and will further damage the springs. The public does not need Néstle’s product. They can obtain drinking water from many sources, and tap water may be healthier since the water from Ginnie contains about three times the nitrate content recommended as safe by the DEP. The DEP established a Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) for the lower Santa Fe River in 2013, supposedly to reduce nitrates. But six years later, the content is higher than it was in 2013…” Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson and Jim Tatum write Commentary for the Orlando Sentinel.

Read Feds to unveil rules to protect fish and coral reefs in Florida Keys. Anglers watching - “The federal agency that oversees much of the marine environment in the Florida Keys is expected to release a widely anticipated report next week containing new proposed rules to protect fish, the coral reef and sea grass, recommendations that are likely to establish more no-fishing zones. The federal government designated the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary in 1990. It encompasses all surrounding waters of the island chain. Rules for the 2,900-square-mile zone aim to balance protecting the diverse Keys marine life, including the world’s third-largest coral barrier reef, while allowing activity like fishing, diving and boating — essential drivers of Monroe County’s economy...The meeting is expected to be the beginning of an extended public comment period on the proposals, officials say. Various stakeholders, from chambers of commerce to the commercial fishing industry, which employs thousands of people living in the archipelago, are anticipating the release of the document, which NOAA is calling the “Restoration Blueprint.” They’re waiting to see if it calls for placing more areas off-limits to human activity, including fishing. Bill Kelly, executive director of the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s Association, says his group isn’t necessarily opposed to creating new protected areas or extending the boundaries of the sanctuary, noting his association pushed for the approval of 60 coral protection zones in 2012. “We have no problem with that as long as there are reasonable boundaries,” he said. But, he hopes the proposals also take into account the changing economics of the Keys, which has gone from a series of small fishing communities when the sanctuary was created to a major tourist destination. Tourism, he said, poses more of a threat to the Keys environment than commercial angling…” David Goodhue reports for the Miami Herald

Read Here are some of the USA’s most endangered species - “The Trump administration announced a major overhaul Monday to the Endangered Species Act that it said would reduce regulations. Environmentalists said the changes would push more animals and plants to extinction because of threats from climate change and human activities. The changes end blanket protections for animals newly deemed threatened and allow federal authorities for the first time to take into account the economic cost of protecting a particular species. With the Endangered Species Act in the news, here are a few of the USA's most endangered or threatened species: Florida panther. The panther is one of the most endangered mammals in the country, according to the Defenders of Wildlife. First listed as endangered in the 1970s, there are only about a couple of hundred left. They are found in southern Florida in swamplands such as Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve. "The subspecies is so critically endangered that it is vulnerable to just about every major threat," the National Wildlife Federation said. Construction and development in Florida causes habitat loss, and roads and highways pose a danger to panthers attempting to cross…” Doyle Rice reports for USA Today


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Upcoming Environmental Events:

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 20th - 5:30pm-7:30pm - Santa Rosa County Legislative Delegation meeting - (Milton) - Attend the Santa Rosa County Delegation meeting at the Santa Rosa County Board of County Commission Chambers, 6495 Caroline St, Milton, FL. To be placed on the agenda for the Santa Rosa County Legislative Delegation meeting please contact Delegation Chairman Jayer Williamson’s Legislative Aide, Sydney Fowler at Sydney.Fowler@myfloridahouse.gov or (850) 995-3698 no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 16.

August 27th - 9:00am-5:00pm - M-CORES Task Force public meeting - (Tampa) - Attend the Multi-Use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) first public meeting at the Tampa Convention Center Public, 333 S Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602. Public participation is vital to the M-CORES process, and there are many ways to share your comments or ideas. All three task forces will hold public meetings in their respective corridors. FDOT will also hold community open houses to share progress and gather input. Staff will be available at each open house to answer questions and receive comments. Check the Calendar of Events for upcoming meetings in your area. Sign up today to receive news, notices of upcoming M-CORES meetings and more.

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.

August 31st - 9:00am-12:00pm - Gulf Coast Ecosystems & Sea Level Rise Impacts field trip - (Yankeetown)- The Sierra Club Adventure Coast invites you to an outing led by Eugene Kelly.  Meet at Bird Creek Beach on County Road 40/Follow That Dream Parkway, located near the mouth of the Withlacoochee River in Yankeetown, FL.  Turn right into the park just before the road ends at the boat ramp (Latitude 29.002, Longitude -82.758). This 3-hour trip will familiarize participants with the coastal ecosystems of Florida’s unspoiled Big Bend coastline and ecological consequences of sea level rise and other climate related changes on them.  We begin at Bird Creek Beach—truly a wild coast.  Bring footwear you won’t mind getting wet and muddy to walk into the salt marsh. Bring other footwear for later. For more information visit the Adventure Coast Group’s Facebook page here , or email sierraadventurecoastcc@gmail.com.

September 5th - 9:00am - Sumter County Legislative Delegation meeting - (Wildwood) - Attend the Sumter County Delegation meeting at The Villages Sumter County Service Center, Room 102, 7375 Powell Road, Wildwood, FL 34785. You are encouraged to speak on behalf of Florida’s land, wildlife and water resources! To be placed on the agenda, or to submit information on local bill requirements, please call State Representative Brett T. Hage's office at (352)-315-4445. Please do so by Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 by 4:00pm. This is an open public meeting.

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! Interested parties wishing to be placed on the agenda should contact GeeDee Kerr in Senator Gruters’ office at kerr.geedee@flsenate.gov as soon as possible but  no later than 5:00pm on September 3, 2019 2019. Written presentations will be limited to 3 pages (can be 2-sided) per organization.  All materials must be submitted electronically and in Word format. 

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 15th - 2:00pm-4:30pm - Sustainable Banking/Investing 101 - (St. Petersburg) - Most large banks and many investment funds profit off of fossil fuel expansion. But it doesn't have to be that way! Come learn how to green up your finances with the Suncoast Sierra Club. 2pm-3pm: Sustainable Banking/Q&A 3pm-4pm+: Sustainable Investing/Q&A*Snacks provided*. Visit the Facebook event page here for more information.

September 23rd - 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 3:00pm 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 23 - 1:30pm - Desoto County Legislative Delegation meeting - (Arcadia) - Attend the Desoto County Delegation meeting at the DeSoto County Commission Board Room, 201 East Oak Street, Arcadia, FL 34266. You are encouraged to speak on behalf of Florida’s land, wildlife and water resources! Email Anne Bell for additional information Anne.Bell@myfloridahouse.gov.

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 3rd - 9:00am-12:00pm - Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation meeting - (West Palm Beach) - Attend the Palm Beach County Delegation meeting at the Norton Museum of Art, 1450 Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach FL 33401. You are encouraged to speak on behalf of Florida’s land, wildlife and water resources! To be placed on the official agenda of a Delegation hearing, presenters must have completed a Participation Request Form and have submitted all printed materials to the delegation office by Noon, seven (7) business days prior to the scheduled hearing. Fifteen (15) copies of printed material should be submitted to be included in the Members’ hearing folders. Anyone interested in addressing the Legislative Delegation at a Public Hearing should call the Delegation Office at 561-355-3452 or email vnowlan@pbcgov.org. The deadline for submission of local bills to the Delegation Office is September 20, noon. Click here for the Hearing Information Sheet for the 2020 session for instructions on how to be placed on the official agenda and/or the presenter request form.

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 9th - 4:00pm- Nassau County Legislative Delegation meeting - (Yulee) - Attend the Nassau County Delegation meeting at the Nassau County Commission Chambers, 96135 Nassau Place, Yulee, Florida 32097. You are encouraged to speak on behalf of Florida’s land, wildlife and water resources! Stay tuned for contact information and speaker request forms.

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.

October 10th - 2:30pm - Clay County Legislative Delegation meeting - (Green Cove Springs) -Attend the Clay County Delegation meeting at the Clay County Commission Chambers, 477 Houston St. Green Cove Springs, FL 32043. 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 3:00pm October 8th. Email Tammy Still for additional information: Tammy.Still@myfloridahouse.gov.

October 30th - 9:00AM - Collier County Legislative Delegation meeting - (Naples) -Attend the Collier County Delegation meeting at the North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livinston Rd. Naples, FL 34109. You are encouraged to speak on behalf of Florida’s land, wildlife and water resources! The agenda will be released to the news media on Thursday, October 17, 2019, to allow the citizens of Collier County ample time to prepare comments if they so desire. If you would like to be placed on the agenda as a presenter of a local bill or local budget request, or to speak to another issue, please contact the office at (239) 417-6200 or Priscilla.Grannis@myfloridahouse.gov by Friday, October 11, 2019. For more information, review announcement here.

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