FCC News Brief - August 16, 2019

Read Key Deer considered for removal from endangered species list - “The federal government is considering removing the iconic Key deer from the Endangered Species List. Key deer, a small subspecies of the North American whitetail deer, live only in the Lower Keys. On a three-year workplan, the deer "recommendation or action type" is "delist due to recovery." The Fish & Wildlife Service is holding a meeting in the Keys next week. "We are not proposing a change at this point, but what we want to do is make sure that the folks who care about this species have the right information so that when and if we do propose a change, they have the exact same scientific information that we are using to inform our decisions," said Ken Warren, a spokesman for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Hunting reduced the herd to about 50 individuals in the 1930s and '40s. The refuge was established in 1957. In recent years, getting hit by cars was the leading cause of death for the deer. The refuge added chainlink fencing along U.S.1 on Big Pine Key to protect the deer. Environmentalists from local and national groups reacted with dismay to the news. "It seems outrageous," said Jaclyn Lopez, senior attorney and Florida director for the Center for Biological Diversity. Key deer are faced with losing habitat to rising seas and threatened by increasingly intense hurricanes, she said…” Nancy Klingener reports for WLRN.

Read Special interests tip scales in toll road fight - “In early August, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced the members of new task forces charged with evaluating the potential construction of massive -- and expensive -- proposed toll road highways. Unfortunately, the task forces are stacked full of industries that stand to benefit financially from the highways’ construction. Don’t get me wrong, there are many qualified voices on the task forces, including environmental groups, planning experts and leadership from state departments of Health, Education and Environmental Protection, all tasked with speaking for the public. But, some of the task force appointees will be representing their own vested financial interests, including transportation, construction and the expansion of commercial services. These appointees look more like a list of political donors -- the Florida Trucking Association, Florida Economic Development Council, Florida Internet & Television Association and the Florida Chamber of Commerce -- and have a substantial incentive to push this project through as quickly as possible. The bill was written to include these interests from the start, hidden in the fuzzy language that detailed who would make up the task forces. In addition to the named organizations in the bill the phrase: “the community, who may be an individual or a member of a nonprofit community organization, as determined by the department” opened the doorway for these vested interests. Pretty vague, but special interests thrive in vagueness. In any other endeavor, if an entity can benefit financially from a decision-making body in which they are a member, that entity would be expected to recuse itself from the process. But in this case, they’ve been invited to sit at the head of the table, while some communities were not even invited to dinner...” Lindsay Cross writes Opinion for the Tampa Bay Times.

Read Not one drop more - “A spring without flow is a stagnant (synonyms: still, motionless, immobile, inert, lifeless, dead, standing, slack, static, stationary, etc.) sinkhole. It is not completely dead but looks and stinks like it is dead. For all intents and purposes, a non-flowing spring has none of the qualities that make Florida’s springs so inspiring, sacred and alive. It is not in the public’s best interest to dry up any of Florida’s artesian springs. Healthy springs support a vast and abundant assemblage of charismatic and endangered wildlife, nourish our many rivers and lakes during droughts, and are the sought-after playground for tens of millions of visitors each year. Springs are essential for our local ecology and economy. Our governmental agencies responsible for protecting Florida’s environmental and economic prosperity would be reckless and irresponsible to allow our priceless springs to stop flowing. Nevertheless, our public servants are complicit in the ongoing decline of Florida’s once crystalline springs. Not content with already permitting nearly 5 billion gallons of groundwater withdrawals per day from the Floridan Aquifer, our water management districts continue to issue thousands of new well permits each year...I continue to repeat myself when I remind you and the governmental agencies that most of Florida’s springs are already past the point of “impairment” and “significant harm” as defined by Florida’s laws. A clear example of this harm can be seen in the Santa Fe River of north-central Florida and the 40-plus springs that have historically provided much of its flow…” Bob Knight writes Opinion for the Daily Commercial.

Read The danger of coal ash, the toxic dust the fossil fuel leaves behind - “Coal ash is a particularly dangerous byproduct of our dependence on fossil fuels. In communities that have dealt with coal ash spills, the incidents sparked concerns about toxins potentially seeping into water. Utilities have been pushed to adopt tougher safety standards -- but activists say the companies are resisting rules necessary for public health...At the kitchen table in her home of 41 years near Charlotte, Laura Tench showed me the official notice that rocked her world in 2015. The North Carolina Division of Public Health recommends that your well water not be used for drinking and cooking. What's it like when you got a notice like that? Her well water was more like a witches' brew– among the frightening ingredients: cancer causers, hexavalent chromium, ten times the state safety threshold, and vanadium, almost 30 times the standard. She and her family had no choice, forced to rely solely on bottled water for nearly three years...They didn't have to look far to find the suspected source of the contamination: the 62-year-old Allen Steam Station coal fired power plant. It sits right next to the neighborhood, and right in the middle of a raging national debate over what to do about the toxic remnants left behind after the coal is burned. What's leftover is ash, and in addition to hexavalent chromium, it contains arsenic, mercury, thallium, selenium, lead and more.  There are 16 million tons of coal ash here at Allen. Duke Energy spokesperson Erin Culbert gave me a tour…” Miles O’Brien reports for WFSU PBS News Hour.

Read Coral Gables fuming over appeals court decision to reject its Styrofoam ban - “In a blow to environmentalists and several local governments, a Florida appeals court struck down a Coral Gables ordinance to ban Styrofoam containers from restaurants, supermarkets and other food establishments. The 3rd District Court of Appeals Wednesday rejected a previous ruling by a Miami-Dade County circuit judge who found Coral Gables was not prevented from banning products made with polystyrene, contrary to what the Florida Retail Federation alleged in its lawsuit challenging the city’s action. The decision by the three-judge panel upholds a state law passed in 2016 that prohibits local governments from regulating polystyrene food containers, also known as Styrofoam, and retroactively prohibited any related government ordinances. Coral Gables Vice Mayor Vince Lago, who wrote the ordinance, said Wednesday the ruling is “a shame” and “a step in the wrong direction….” Lago said the city worked hard to get resident and business input on the ordinance through public comment, a one-year educational campaign and eventual buy-in from the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. The city passed the measure in 2016. The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Retail Federation did not reply to a request for comment. Miriam Ramos, the city attorney for Coral Gables, said she is disappointed in the court’s ruling. It doesn’t just target environmentally friendly initiatives, but also the concept of home rule. “Local municipalities should be able to choose the regulations that are right for their populations,” she said. “Municipalities have been fighting back ... what’s important to Coral Gables isn’t the same as what’s important to Fort Lauderdale…” Bianca Padro Ocasio and Samantha J. Gross report for the Miami Herald.

Read Everglades expert: Reservoir to curb discharges won’t clean water; should SFWMD redesign? - “ An Everglades expert at Florida Gulf Coast University says the proposed reservoir to cut Lake Okeechobee discharges to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers needs "dramatic redesign" or it could pollute Everglades National Park. And noting Florida's new governor, the new board and executive team at the South Florida Water District and President Donald Trump's commitment to invest in Everglades restoration, William J. Mitsch, director of the school's Everglades Wetland Research Park, said now's the time to make the project bigger and better. "If ever there was a time for an ecological engineering and not just civil engineering approaches to lead Everglades restoration, it is now," Mitsch wrote in an article published July 31 in the journal Ecological Engineering. Now is not the time to delay the Everglades Agricultural Area Storage Reservoir Project, countered Randy Smith, spokesman for the South Florida Water Management District… As designed by the district's engineers, the project includes a 10,100-acre, 78.2 billion gallon reservoir to be built by the Army Corps of Engineers. The reservoir should be completed in about eight years, Lt. Col. Jennifer Reynolds, deputy commander for Florida, told TCPalm in June. A 6,500-acre man-made marsh designed to clean water leaving the reservoir will be built by the South Florida Water Management District and should be completed before 2024,  Smith said... The project also will send about 121 billion gallons of water a year south. Mitsch said the 6,500 acres of man-made wetlands, known as stormwater treatment areas or STAs, are "grossly insufficient to protect the Everglades." Mitsch estimates at least 43,000 acres of wetlands are needed to treat the water flowing south and recommended 100,000 acres be set aside for treatment wetlands to make doubly sure water is clean enough. The original proposal by Florida Senate President Joe Negron of Stuart called for the project to stretch over 60,000 acres south of Lake O. That was met by fierce opposition by landowners, and none agreed to sell land to the district for it. So the project had to be built on about 17,000 acres already owned by the state...” Tyler Treadway reports for the Treasure Coast Newspapers.

Read Oil company applies for permit to drill in Gulf - “A Mississippi-based oil company has filed an application with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to drill an exploratory oil well in northern Gulf County. There is no timeline for when final action would come from the FDEP; state agencies have 30 days to weigh in on the project following its early July application. Spooner Petroleum Company, based in Ridgeland, MS, proposed to drill on a 4.79 acre site near Wetappo Creek and the western end of the Dead Lakes. The area was included as part of seismic testing three years ago searching for potential gas and oil deposits. The target is what is known geologically as the Smackover Formation within the Panama City Prospect, which sits beneath Gulf and Calhoun counties. According to the application, the Smackover Formation extends to the Jay Field in Santa Rosa/Escambia counties. That Jay Field provided something of a target when seismic testing was performed in northern Gulf County and Calhoun County, to considerable controversy, in 2016...Apalachicola Riverkeeper formally protested those applications. “The development of oil and gas in this area threatens the basic quality of life due to the high risk of pollution of the surface and groundwater, subsidence of coastal plain, air quality, and community character...Exploratory wells bring the risk of releasing harmful chemicals into the wetlands and rivers. A period of heavy rain could be disastrous if it carries toxins into the river system,” the environmental advocacy group wrote...A bill to establish state rules for fracking died in the Florida Legislature several years running and a grassroots effort was undertaken to secure resolutions to ban fracking in more than two dozen counties. Among them was Gulf County, with the Board of County Commissioners approving the resolution. Then Congresswoman Gwen Graham expressed concerns about the testing to the U.S. Department of the Interior, calling fracking “incompatible” with the natural resources and limestone base of Northwest Florida…” Tim Croft reports for Northwest Florida Daily News.

Read Monarch symbol of species in crisis as US protections shrink- “Hand-raising monarch butterflies in the midst of a global extinction crisis, Laura Moore and her neighbors gather round in her suburban Maryland yard to launch a butterfly newly emerged from its chrysalis. Eager to play his part, 3-year-old Thomas Powell flaps his arms and exclaims, “I’m flying! I’m flying!” Moore moves to release the hours-old monarch onto the boy’s outstretched finger, but the butterfly, its wings a vivid orange and black, has another idea. It banks away, beginning its new life up in the green shelter of a nearby tree. Monarchs are in trouble, despite efforts by Moore and countless other volunteers and organizations across the United States to nurture the beloved butterfly. The Trump administration’s new order weakening the Endangered Species Act could well make things worse for the monarch, one of more than 1 million species that are struggling around the globe. Rapid development and climate change are escalating the rates of species loss, according to a May United Nations report. For monarchs, farming and other human development have eradicated state-size swaths of native milkweed habitat, cutting the butterfly’s numbers by 90% over the past two decades…”Ellen Knickmeyer reports for the Associated Press.


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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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