FCC News Brief - August 28, 2019

Read Planned roads could imperil Florida’s panthers and last remaining wilderness - “Southwest Florida is still a wild place, where you can encounter a bear, a bobcat, or a panther. These creatures roam through large territories, and depend on a patchwork of public and private lands called the Florida wildlife corridor, which strings its way throughout the state. One such spot is Babcock Ranch, a mix of cypress swamps and sprawling pastures in which cows and birds like endangered wood storks commingle. In November 2016, biologists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spotted a female Florida panther here, and allowed photographer Carlton Ward Jr. to set up a camera trap in a nearby grove of oak trees. He later photographed the cat with two cubs. It was a monumental moment: This was the first female panther to be seen north of the Caloosahatchee River—a waterway a few miles south that flows west from Lake Okeechobee and drains into the gulf near Fort Myers—since 1973...To survive long-term, these cats will need to expand into millions of acres of habitat to the north—making this sighting extraordinarily good news for the Florida panther, which is protected under the Endangered Species Act. While panthers reclaim their former territory, Florida's human population is booming: More than 900 people move to the Sunshine State every day on average, and problems like heavy traffic are getting worse in some areas. Smart planning is a must, though not all agree on what that means. In a major push for development earlier this year, the state government approved the construction of three toll roads in three different sections of the state. The controversial legislation, signed by Governor Ron DeSantis on May 17, is known as M-CORES—the Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance program. It was put forward by Senate President Bill Galvano and quickly approved by the legislature on May 1...“Growth needs to accommodate our state’s green spaces,” says Jason Lauritsen, who will participate in one of the task forces as the head of the nonprofit Florida Wildlife Corridor, which lobbies for the protected network of wild lands. The public seems to agree with this sentiment: In 2014, 75 percent of voters approved an initiative known as Amendment 1, which dedicates hundreds of millions of excise taxes each year into a trust fund for acquiring conservation areas, parks, and forests. However, only a small fraction of these funds have been invested in land protection since then…” Douglas Main writes for National Geographic.

Read Growth raising need to manage St. Johns River’s water, lawmakers told - “Bustling population growth will increase the potential to strain the St. Johns River’s health and will make smarter use of the region’s water more important, Florida lawmakers were told during a forum on the river Monday. “Right along the St. Johns, 200 people a day are moving in. ... We’ve got some challenges,” said Tony Carvajal, executive vice president of the business-led Florida Chamber Foundation. Statewide, that growth is about 900 people daily, and Carvajal said Florida’s population is expected to increase by 4.5 million people, to 26 million, by about 2030. In addition to reinforcing demand for water from the Floridan aquifer, a larger population will add to the potential for development to strain water quality. But despite the potential for environmental damage, lawmakers and state officials at the St. Johns River Forum said there was reason for hope that the 310-mile river can still be healthy...The forum was organized by Reps. Bobby Payne, R-Palatka, and Paul Renner, R-Palm Coast, to involve members of the Legislature in talks about the St. Johns where locals could raise subjects that concerned them. Those topics ranged from damage done by biosolids to arguments for and against removing the dam that prevents the Ocklawaha River from flowing freely. Eel grass “has virtually disappeared” on parts of the Putnam County shoreline, Putnam County resident Bob Virnstein told the lawmakers, adding that he believed restoration of the river’s health could cost billions of dollars. The meeting became a magnet for state officials, with Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Noah Valenstein and a string of specialists from his agency and the St. Johns River Water Management District talking to the gathering…” Steve Patterson reports for the Florida Times-Union.

Read Feds: Key deer refuge will stay even if the deer are removed from ‘endangered’ list - “As the federal government considers removing the tiny Key deer from the Endangered Species List, officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service say the Key deer refuge on Big Pine Key will remain despite the outcome. “There has been no final decision to delist the Key deer and if we propose to do so, you will have an opportunity to participate in the process,” Roxanna Hinzman, field supervisor for the South Florida Ecological Services field office, told a crowd of about 75 at the Marathon Government Center on Thursday night. And the deer refuge isn’t going anywhere, she said. “The habitat on the refuge would stay in the refuge,” Hinzman said. “That’s federal property. It’s not going to go away.” The meeting was about putting out information, she said, and it was not a public hearing, which will likely come at some point. A few times, Hinzman told people that their comments on the possible delisting were more appropriate for a public hearing. “Why are we here?” she said. “Most importantly, we want to talk about and acknowledge the success of measures put into place to support the recovery of the Key deer.” Key deer, the smallest deer in the country, number fewer than 1,000 and most live on Big Pine Key and No Name Key. In 1950, there were about 50 deer in the Keys and the figure grew to 200 in 1970. By 2016, there were about 1,000. Thursday’s meeting was a quiet affair, despite the popular sentiment from local groups, such as Save Our Key Deer, that the delisting is premature and would hurt the herd… At one point, Hinzman reminded the crowd this wasn’t a public hearing. “This is not a vote,” she said, adding that writing the government with an opinion isn’t going to affect the process. But scientific arguments are welcome. “One well-reasoned, science-based comment could trigger us to reevaluate the proposed rule,” she said…”Gwen Filosa reports for the Miami Herald.

Read State gives confusing signals on prospect of FL black bear hunt - “There’s confusion over the state’s plans on whether Florida might hold a black bear hunt this year. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Susan Neel told the Phoenix Monday that “There is not going to be a hunt this year,”  but then walked that statement back two hours later. “As directed by our Commissioners two years ago, we have been focused on updating and revising FWC’s Bear Management Plan before considering future bear hunts,” FWC Executive Director Eric Sutton said in a written statement. “We plan to release the updated plan for public comment in early October and present to Commissioners this December. In terms of a bear hunt in the future, the updated plan will fully address bear hunting and any decisions in that regard will be up to our commission.” Advocates for the shy bears, which number about 4,400 in Florida, were concerned that the state might re-stage a bear hunt next fall. Given the commission’s time frame, it’s unlikely that a hunt would staged in 2019. For the first time in decades, Florida held a controversial black bear hunt in 2015. But the state ended up halting the week-long hunt after just two days because hunters had already killed 304 bears. After the hunt, state wildlife scientists were directed to take a deeper look at the health of the population. Florida’s black bears are fragmented in several different populations, and their biggest threats are habitat loss, getting hit by cars, and being euthanized because they become “nuisance” bears that grow too familiar with humans. Florida’s black bears were put on the threatened species list in 1974. The bears were removed from the threatened species list in 2012.” Julie Hauserman reports for the Florida Phoenix.

Read Nestle plan to take 1.1m gallons of water a day from natural springs sparks outcry - “The crystal blue waters of Ginnie Springs have long been treasured among the string of pearls that line Florida’s picturesque Santa Fe River, a playground for water sports enthusiasts and an ecologically critical haven for the numerous species of turtles that nest on its banks. Soon, however, it is feared there could be substantially less water flowing through, if a plan by the food and beverage giant Nestlé wins approval. In a controversial move that has outraged environmentalists and also raised questions with authorities responsible for the health and vitality of the river, the company is seeking permission to take more than 1.1m gallons a day from the natural springs to sell back to the public as bottled water. Opponents say the fragile river, which is already officially deemed to be “in recovery” by the Suwannee River water management district after years of earlier overpumping, cannot sustain such a large draw – a claim Nestlé vehemently denies. Critics are fighting to stop the project as environmentally harmful and against the public interest. Meanwhile, Nestlé, which produces its popular Zephyrhills and Pure Life brands with water extracted from similar natural springs in Florida, has spent millions of dollars this year buying and upgrading a water bottling plant at nearby High Springs in expectation of permission being granted. The company needs the Suwannee River water management district to renew an expired water use permit held by a local company, Seven Springs, from which it plans to buy the water at undisclosed cost. Nestlé insists spring water is a rapidly renewable resource and promises a “robust” management plan in partnership with its local agents for long-term sustainability of its water sources. Yet company officials concede in letters to water managers supporting the permit request that its plans would result in four times more water being taken daily than Seven Springs’ previously recorded high of 0.26m gallons for its customers before Nestlé…” Richard Luscombe reports for the Guardian.

Read Recycling’s problem - “Ten years ago, the state set a goal of recycling 75 percent of Florida’s trash by 2020. Now that the deadline is nearly here, it’s clear that the majority of Florida counties are unlikely to meet it. The reasons for failure transcend any factors particular to the Sunshine State, or anywhere else in America. It’s a complex mess tied up in international markets, citizen confusion, money, and modern materials. A huge looming factor: China quit buying recyclable material from the U.S. in January 2018, saying the American waste stream is too contaminated by non-recyclable materials. China had been warning the U.S. for over a decade that there was too much garbage mixed in with what was supposed to be recyclable material, says Mitch Hedlund, the founder and executive director of Recycle Across America...City commissioners in the central Florida town of Deltona voted in January to suspend the city’s residential curbside program. “We have a task force looking into options, but as of now, we are still suspended on the recycling,” Deltona Mayor Heidi Herzberg told the Phoenix last week. Santa Rosa County in the Panhandle suspended its recycling program with Emerald Coast Utilities in April with five months to go on its contract. Santa Rosa officials and the utility company have subsequently renegotiated a new pact and it goes before the utility’s board next month. Emerald Coast Utilities spokeswoman Nathalie Bowers says there were several factors at play, starting with the county’s high contamination rate of 30 to 38 percent. “It just didn’t make sense for us to continue,” she said. “We just have to make sure we keep our recyclable facilities viable and not have our own citizens subsidizing other communities,” Bowers said, referring to the fact that the company has contracts with 13 other local governments. Last year in South Florida, the Broward County cities of Sunrise and Deerfield Beach opted not to renew contracts after Waste Management hiked the pickup charge to $96 a ton, a prodigious increase from the previous $51.15 per ton…” Mitch Perry reports for the Florida Phoenix.

Read Rising waters force parts of Everglades to close - “Large parts of the Everglades are closed to the public because of high water levels. Recent storms have flooded some conservation areas, causing wildlife to head to tree islands, levees and other higher ground, said Dr. Tom Reinert, regional director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Deer, rabbits, raccoons and other wildlife are seeking shelter on higher ground. “To protect them and help reduce stress, temporary public closures are necessary,” Reinert said. “Area canals remain open to boat access, though, for fishing, frogging and other recreational access.” The L4 and L5 south levee roads that run along the Palm Beach County-Broward County border west of U.S. 27 are closed to all public access until further notice, officials said…”Larry Barszewski reports for the South Florida Sun Sentinel.


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Upcoming Environmental Events:

August 29th - 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. The delegation will hear public proposals and comments on the 2020 legislative session and may also vote on a local bill. To be placed on the agenda, please contact Rep. Ponder’s aide Sheri Kotzum at Sheri.Kotzum@myfloridahouse.gov no later than 5:00 p.m. CST, August 26.

August 29th - 6:00pm - Conservation Easement Workshop - (Lake City) - North Florida Land Trust has teamed up with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to host two free workshops on conservation easements. The workshops are open to landowners with forest or ranch lands in the Ocala to Osceola Wildlife Corridor, which includes parts of Columbia, Baker, Union, Bradford, Clay, Putnam, Marion and Lake Counties (see map). Landowners in these counties could be eligible to apply for conservation easements with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Representatives of the partner organizations will explain the benefits and funding opportunities. The first workshop will take place at the UF/IFAS Columbia County Extension Office at 971 W. Duval St. in Lake City. For more information, contact Susan Carr, program manager for NFLT at scarr@nflt.org or (803) 295-2229 or contact Crenal Francis, easement program coordinator at USDA at crenal.francis@usda.gov or (352) 338-9508.

August 30th - 9:00am-3:00pm - Blue-Green Algae Task Force meeting - (Gainesville) - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Blue-Green Algae Task Force will hold its next public meting at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, Martin Levin Advocacy Room, 106, 309 Village Drive, Gainesville, FL 32611. This meeting will be live-streamed via the Florida Channel. During the fourth meeting, the Task Force will discuss public health and stormwater regulations. The agenda is available on the Blue-Green Algae Task Force website. All members of the public are welcome to attend.

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 4th – 5:00pm – Calhoun County Legislative Delegation meeting – (Blountstown) – Attend the Calhoun County Legislative Delegation meeting at the Calhoun County Courthouse, EOC Room (basement), 20859 Central Ave, Blountstown, FL 32424. For more information, please email Varna Mitchell at MITCHELL.VARNA@flsenate.gov.

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 5th - 6:00pm - August 29th - 6:00pm - Conservation Easement Workshop - (Palatka) - North Florida Land Trust has teamed up with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to host two free workshops on conservation easements. The workshops are open to landowners with forest or ranch lands in the Ocala to Osceola Wildlife Corridor, which includes parts of Columbia, Baker, Union, Bradford, Clay, Putnam, Marion and Lake Counties (see map). Landowners in these counties could be eligible to apply for conservation easements with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Representatives of the partner organizations will explain the benefits and funding opportunities. The second workshop will take place at the Putnam County Extension Center at 111 Yelvington Rd., Suite 1 in East Palatka. For more information, contact Susan Carr, program manager for NFLT at scarr@nflt.org or (803) 295-2229 or contact Crenal Francis, easement program coordinator at USDA at crenal.francis@usda.gov or (352) 338-9508.

September 9th - 6:00pm - Earth Ethics Environmental Education series - (Pensacola) - Join Earth Ethics in welcoming this month’s guest speaker, Grace Resendez McCaffery, owner of Latino Media Gulf Coast, Publisher of La Costa Media Gulf Coast, and Founder of the Hispanic Resource Center of Northwest Florida as she discusses Beyond the Wall: Human Rights and Social Justice beginning at 6 p.m. at Ever’man Education Center 327 W Garden Street, Pensacola, FL 32502. Earth Ethics will discuss some of the environmental impacts associated with the building of the wall. Stay up to date and let us know you’ll be joining us by visiting the Facebook event page here.  

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 13th – 1:00pm- 4:00pm – Seminole County Legislative Delegation meeting – (Sanford)  - Attend the Seminole County Legislative Delegation meeting at the Seminole County Tax Collector’s Office, 1101 E, First Street, Sanford, FL 32771. For additional information, please email Joseph Darcy at Joseph.Darcy@myfloridahouse.gov.

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 – 1:00pm- 5:00pm – Alachua County Legislative Delegation meeting – (Gainesville) – Attend the Alachua County Delegation meeting at the Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall, 3000 NW 83rd St E-127, Gainesville, FL 32606. For more information, contact McGuire.Suzanne@flsenate.gov.

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 24th – 9:00am – Indian River County Legislative Delegation meeting – (Vero Beach) – Attend the Indian River County Delegation meeting at the Indian River County Commission Chambers, 1801 27th St, Vero Beach, FL 32960. Additional information forthcoming.

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 7th – 5:30pm-7:00pm – Escambia County Legislative Delegation meeting – (Pensacola) - Members of Escambia County’s State Legislative Delegation will hold a public hearing at the Pensacola State College Jean and Paul Amos Performance Studio, 1000 College Boulevard Pensacola, FL. 32504. Delegation members will consider local bills, hear presentations from government entities, and take public testimony on proposals for the 2020 Regular Session of the Florida Legislature. Any member of the public is welcome to attend. To request an appearance form to be placed on the meeting agenda, individuals should contact Senator Doug Broxson’s office at (850) 595-1036 or email: brown.kevin@flsenate.gov no later than 5 p.m., Wednesday, October 2, 2019.

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.

November 19th – 9:00am-12:30pm – Osceola County Legislative Delegation meeting – (Kissimmee) – Attend the Osceola County Legislative Delegation meeting  at the Osceola County Administration Building 1 Courthouse Square, 4th Floor, Commission Chambers Kissimmee, FL 34741. Members of the public wishing to address the delegation (limit of 3 minutes) must request a place on the agenda by submitting the Presentation Request Form.  Forms and materials may be submitted in person or via mail to: 231 Ruby Ave. Suite A, Kissimmee, FL 34741, fax: (407) 846-5011 or email to Beatriz.Marte@MyFloridaHouse.gov. The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 8, 2019.

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