FCC News Brief - August 20, 2019

Read Trump administration’s endangered-species policy is nothing but animal cruelty - “The long Republican war on the Endangered Species Act heated up last week when the Trump administration announced it was changing the rules about how far the government should go to save America’s imperiled wildlife. Having failed to persuade Congress to shred the landmark conservation law — signed by a Republican president, Richard Nixon, in 1973 — lobbyists for the oil, mining and logging interests were elated by the breadth and boldness of Trump’s shortcut. The new rules would make it easier to “de-list” or a remove a species from the federal endangered list, and also to water down protections for those classified as “threatened.” And in an unrepentant nod to developers and the extraction industries, regulators will now be able to consider economic factors when deciding whether a particular mammal, bird or wildflower deserves to be treated as endangered, even if it’s indisputably sliding toward extinction. In other words, saving God’s creations from oblivion is a worthy mission unless it means lost revenues for ExxonMobil or Koch Industries. In Florida, where raw habitat has been drastically vanishing for decades, the Endangered Species Act has been instrumental in saving iconic wildlife such as the alligator, bald eagle, wood stork, several beloved species of sea turtles, the American crocodile, Everglades kite, manatee, Key deer and, of course, the Florida panther...Judging a creature’s worth on the planet by weighing the cost of not exterminating it is obscene, but that cold philosophy is like scripture to hardcore haters of the Endangered Species Act. It’s hardly shocking that the current Secretary of Interior, David Bernhardt, was a lobbyist for the oil and gas industries, or that his new rules will diminish the issue of climate change in the government’s decisions about protecting wildlife. The waters of the Florida Keys are rising, by the way, which isn’t too good for the deer or the land developers. Unfortunately, the deer don’t have any ex-lobbyists working in the Trump administration…” Carl Hiaasen writes opinion for the Miami Herald.

Read Flex your environmental muscle, Gov. DeSantis, and tell Trump to protect Florida’s wildlife - “Months after a warning by scientists that the globe is in the midst of an extinction crisis that threatens 1 million species, the Trump administration all but announced it doesn’t care. It revealed regulatory changes that would dramatically weaken enforcement of the federal Endangered Species Act. The sweeping rollbacks, jointly announced by the Interior and Commerce departments, would scale back protections for species listed as threatened as opposed to endangered. The protections accorded such species will be decided on a case-by-case basis. That alone wouldn’t be so bad. Considering each case individually is fine. Things go wrong in the details. The new regulations would remove language prohibiting consideration of economic impact when determining what measures would best protect endangered species. They also would strip requirements for federal agencies to consult with scientists and wildlife agencies before approving permits for activities such as oil and gas drilling that could damage critical habitat...For more than 40 years, the Endangered Species Act has earned broad, bipartisan support. And it has proven extraordinarily effective, protecting 99 percent of listed species from extinction — including the manatee, the American crocodile, the Florida Keys’ osprey and the bald eagle...Though Gov. Ron DeSantis has made his admiration for President Trump clear many times, he has also shown he is willing to stand up to the president on environmental matters. In Congress, DeSantis came out against Trump’s proposal to open up Florida’s coasts to offshore drilling and helped Florida win an exemption...Protecting the environment wasn’t always a partisan issue. The Endangered Species Act was signed into law by President Richard Nixon. Conservatism and conservationism are complementary, not competing, philosophies. It’s a pity Trump doesn’t understand that…” From the Miami Herald Editorial Board.

Read Is Tampa Bay about to enter Water War Two? - “The kumbaya sing-along on both sides of Tampa Bay appears to be over. The latest brawl? Water. At a Tampa Bay Water board meeting Monday, sparring between St. Petersburg City Council member Darden Rice and Tampa City Council member Charlie Miranda got particularly intense. Rice accused Tampa of ducking transparency. Miranda compared Rice’s desire to seek outside legal advice to a $1 million divorce fight. Board chairman Sandy Murman framed the bad blood as a threat to the Tampa Bay region... Murman has supported Tampa’s proposal to spend $350 million to pump 50 million gallons a day of highly-treated wastewater into the Floridan aquifer to further clean it before using it for drinking water. She urged opponents like Rice and Pinellas County Commissioner Dave Eggers to allow the city to continue testing and research. Tampa pulled its request for an agreement among Tampa Bay Water’s six member governments after sustained opposition from Pinellas elected officials. At issue Monday was whether the water agency would continue to pay attorney John Nickerson to provide legal advice. Nickerson wrote a memo earlier this month stating that Tampa doesn’t have the legal right to proceed with its project, which critics deride as ‘toilet to tap.' Tampa’s attorney pushed back, saying Nickerson, who was involved in the founding of the regional utility after the bitter battles over water supplies between Pasco and Pinellas counties in the 1990s, ignored an exemption written into the original agreement that allows Tampa to “augment” its water supply. That’s what the conversion plan is designed to do, Tampa officials say. Rice and many environmental activists say the project is too risky, She has hailed Nickerson’s opinion as a “nail in the coffin” for Tampa’s plan…” Charlie Frago reports for the Tampa Bay Times.

Lee Constantine writes for the Orlando Sentinel’s Central Florida 100 - “No rational business model would ever include a give-away of your most desired product. However, that’s exactly what’s happening in Florida with the taxpayers’ most valuable resource – water. Today, any company can ask for a consumptive use permit to withdraw water from our aquifer for free, then turn around and use that water for profit. Not only do we receive zilch, we’re stuck with the degradation of our springs due to reduced water flow. Estimates suggest 10 cents per 1000 gallons would be negligible to companies while providing $236 million for potential cleanup. Those who suggest that government should act more like business should be outraged that the legislature continues to allow this giveaway.”

Read Should Brevard ban biosolids as fertilizer, due to environmental concerns? - “For decades, trucks spread thousands of tons of sewage sludge a year to fertilize vast pastures upstream of Lake Washington and Taylor Creek Reservoir, which combined supply almost half of the drinking water on the Space Coast. Recent research suggests that disposing these so-called biosolids on rural lands could be polluting those and other Central Florida lakes from which cities draw their tap water. Farmers aren't convinced they're a problem, and utilities insist that they treat out whatever toxins or pollutants biosolids might contribute to the lakes. But residents' concerns spiked this summer, when water samples in July showed low levels of blue-green algae toxins in Lake Washington and the Stick Marsh, a bass fishing hot spot near Fellsmere, with some citing biosolids as a contributing factor fueling the excess algae.  So, on Tuesday, Brevard County commissioners will take their first step in considering whether there should be a ban on the application of biosolids within the county — a proposal that could spark legal questions — or whether to take other regulatory steps. County Commission Vice Chair Bryan Lober put the item on the commission agenda for consideration. Toxic blooms have been increasing in recent years in some Central Florida lakes, state water data shows. Some scientists say increasing phosphorus levels from biosolids is a leading suspected cause...County officials aren't yet sure they can legally ban applications of biosolids, however, because of a state law that took effect July 1. The bill, House Bill 829, would make local governments that try to pass ordinances that state law preempts cover attorney fees and costs if the ordinance doesn't hold up in a civil suit, unless they are notified that the ordinance is expressly preempted by state law and withdraw it within 30 days of that notification.  An amendment to the bill that Florida Sen. Debbie Mayfield submitted late in this year's legislative session said any biosolids moratoriums approved before Feb. 1 were grandfathered in and still enforceable, until a new set of biosolids rules the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has been working on take effect…” Jim Waymer and Dave Berman report for Florida Today.

Read Live oaks are the ultimate green tech - “Lately, it seems like live oaks are under fire everywhere in Tallahassee. Wide-spread development of the unimaginative kind that doesn’t take our unique landscape into account is partially to blame. Also to blame is an attitude that we’ve got so many live oaks it doesn’t matter. Except, we don’t. Live oaks account for only 7% of our tree cover — and a live oak is not really a renewable resource because they grow so slowly. What a live oak is, however, is one of the best green technology economic options for the future you could possibly invest in. Live oaks provide shade, which not only offsets our increasingly hot summers but can help keep folks’ utility bills down. A live oak can make the land beneath it 16 degrees cooler than the surrounding terrain, which means less effort in air conditioning and less heat stress on you walking down the street. Reducing the city’s heat imprint is going to be critical to quality of life with ever-hotter summers. In addition, Tallahassee’s growth increases air pollution, and trees help to soak up and reduce that pollution. This isn’t rocket science — but it is science. It’s also common sense…” Jeff VanderMeer writes opinion for the Tallahassee Democrat.

Read Charlotte, DeSoto to help plan state road project - “A rural toll road through the state’s undeveloped interior is back on the agenda. Charlotte and DeSoto counties have a seat at the table for a project with a long name: Multi-Use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance or M-CORES. Three commissioners from these two counties are among 125 officials and advocates expected to attend the first task force meetings on Aug. 27 at the convention center in Tampa. Called Billionaires Boulevard by critics, the proposed north-south toll road squeaked by the Florida legislature earlier this year and was quietly signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis on May 17...“It is the worst bill for Florida’s environment we have seen in more than 20 years,” the Sierra Club told the Palm Beach Post. How will Charlotte and DeSoto counties be affected?...DeSoto and Charlotte counties are part of the southern third of this project, called Southwest-Central Florida Connector. The middle section is called Northern Turnpike Connector and the northern section is called Suncoast Connector. Task forces for each of the three sections will meet separately all day at the Tampa convention in August. To start the project, legislation includes funding of $45 million starting this year and $90 million for next year. The goal is for the start of construction by the end of 2022 and for completion by the end of 2030…” Betsy Calvert reports for the Arcadian

Read A new report says harmful algae blooms are on the rise in Florida and across the nation - “Summer is upon us, and in Florida, water is everywhere. If you’re not a fan of the beach, you might head inland, were abundant springs and rivers offer ample opportunities of fun for everyone. But lately there’s a catch: Harmful algae blooms (HABs) are popping up everywhere, threatening to sicken people and pets. According to a new analysis and map from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), nationwide testing has discovered dangerous toxins (microcystins) in outbreaks of blue-green algae in many bodies of water, but authorities offer little information warning people about the health hazards of toxic blooms. Now, thanks to the EWG report, we can track these blooms as they occur...July data from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, (DEP) showed most samples taken in Florida in the last 30 days found algal blooms. In previous years Floridians saw cyanobacteria blooms mostly near Lake Okeechobee, the result of agricultural runoff. However recently it’s been found in local waters and in Central Florida. Recent tests by the DEP in June detected algae blooms in Pinellas County at Lake Seminole, Tierra Verde, Treasure Island and Harbor Isle, while in Hillsborough blooms popped up near Bayshore and Rome in Tampa as well as Pine Lake and Flint Creek. Samplings at other areas around Tampa Bay and Gulfport also tested positive for blooms. “We monitor the bay, so we are more concerned with red tide (karenia brevis) but recently blue-green algae was spotted in the Manatee River and in Safety Harbor,” said Ed Sherwood, executive director of the Tampa Bay Estuary program, noting there’s been a persistent bloom of pyrodinium in Old Tampa Bay the last few years…” Nano Riley writes for Creative Loafing.

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Upcoming Environmental Events:

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. 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. 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. 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 9th – 9:30am – Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation meeting – (Riverview) – Attend the Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation meeting at the Regent, 6437 Watson Road, Riverview, FL 33578. For further information and to be placed on the agenda, complete the speaker request form here by September 4th and/or email Jason Holloway at holloway.jason@flsenate.gov.

September 10th - 1:00pm-5:00pm - Marion County Legislative Delegation meeting - (Ocala) - Attend the Marion County Legislative Delegation meeting at the College of Central Florida, Klein Conference Center3001 SW College Road, Ocala, FL 34474. For additional information or to be placed on the printed agenda to address the Marion County Legislative Delegation, please contact Suzanne McGuire in Senator Perry’s office by Friday, August 29, 2019 by phone at 352-732-1249 or email mcguire.suzanne@flsenate.gov. All materials or handouts for this meeting must be sent to Suzanne McGuire in Senator Perry’s office no later than Friday, August 30, 2019. Please find appearance request form here.

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. 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 12th – 9:00am-12:00pm – Pinellas County Legislative Delegation meeting – (Clearwater) – Attend the Pinellas County Legislative Delegation meeting at the St. Petersburg College – Clearwater Campus, Auditorium, 2465 Drew St., Clearwater, FL 33765. To participate in the delegation meeting, contact Anna.Stearns@myfloridahouse.gov and submit the participant request form before September 5th. Agenda and meeting notice will be released at a later date.  

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 1st – 3:00pm-6:30pm – Pasco County Legislative Delegation meeting – (New Port Richey) – Attend the Pasco County Legislative Delegation meeting at the River Ridge High School Performing Arts Center, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey, FL 34654. If you would like to be placed on the agenda, please contact Alexander.Alt@myfloridahouse.gov.

October 2nd – 9:00am – Manatee County Legislative Delegation meeting – (Bradenton) – Attend the Manatee County Legislative Delegation meeting at the Manatee County Commission Chambers, 1112 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL. To be placed on the agenda, please contact Meagan Hebel at meagan.hebel@myfloridahouse.gov no later than noon on Wednesday September 25th.

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. 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 8th – 8:00am-11:00am – Charlotte County Legislative Delegation meeting – (Punta Gorda) – Attend the Charlotte County Legislative Delegation meeting at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association, 2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda, FL 33950. To be placed on the agenda, email Cynthia.beckett@myfloridahouse.gov before 4:00pm on October 1st, 2019. For more information, see meeting notice 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

November 18 – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Hernando County Legislative Delegation meeting – (Brooksville) – Attend the Hernando County Legislative Delegation meeting at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main Street, Courtroom A, 2nd Floor, Brooksville, FL 34601. Additional information will be forthcoming.

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