FCC News Brief - October 8, 2019

Read Who spoke up for adding 300 miles to Florida’s toll roads? Only road builders - “The controversial idea this year to expand Florida’s toll system by 300 miles was first pitched by road builders. Now, months after lawmakers signed off on the expansion, it appears road builders are the only members of the public voicing support for the idea. Out of hundreds of public comments solicited by the Florida Department of Transportation in August about the largest toll system expansion in 60 years, only two dozen came from people in favor of building the three roads. Of those, nearly all came from road builders, contractors and engineers who sent their endorsements via personal email addresses without disclosing their employers. About half of the favorable comments came from employees of one of the transportation agency’s biggest contractors: HNTB, which has won nearly $1 billion in engineering and construction work since 2002 and is likely to win millions more if the roads are built. (Some of HNTB’s work included overseeing the hiring of Conduent State & Local Solutions to overhaul the state’s SunPass system six years ago, a job Conduent botched.)...Their emails to the department underscore the lack of non-corporate grassroots support for a project that was sold by supporters as having wide public support and tangible benefits for the communities where they are proposed to be built.Yet the general public’s embrace of the project hasn’t materialized. During a series of August meetings in Tampa, commissioners from multiple rural counties where the roads would go said the growth isn’t wanted. Several environmental groups that fear the roads will erode ecosystems and habitat have already lodged protests…” Lawrence Mower reports for the Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau.

Read Algae panel puts together ‘roadmap’ for lawmakers - “A document discussed Monday by the state’s Blue-Green Algae Task Force should be viewed, members said, as a broad roadmap for lawmakers with the 2020 legislative session less than 100 days away. And task force members, meeting in Gainesville to further edit the document, said they will look in future meetings beyond Lake Okeechobee and nearby waterways that have been plagued by toxic algae. Member Wendy Graham, director of the Water Institute at the University of Florida, said it is important to reassure people “we haven’t forgotten about ground waters and springs and that sort of thing, coastal systems.” Member James Sullivan, executive director of Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch, added that the document should be clearer that the focus isn’t exclusively Lake Okeechobee and the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries. “It’s not just Lake Okeechobee,” Sullivan said. Thomas Frazer, Florida’s chief science officer, said the document addresses waters beyond the South Florida ecosystems, but agreed to highlight a statewide focus in a brief introduction. Overall, Frazer said the document is aimed at providing “high-level, but informative recommendations” for lawmakers, who begin the 60-day legislative session on Jan. 14, and it shouldn’t be viewed as the panel’s final product. “We fully intended to delve into a broad suite of related topics moving down the road and expect we will have many more recommendations,” Frazer said. “I want to let people rest their mind a little bit that this is not the final product from this body.” Among the future topics will be water reuse, biosolids, fertilizers in urban landscapes and how herbicides are used...The document declares that blue-green algae blooms are expected to grow because of regional land-use changes that will impact local hydrology and through “increases in temperature and pronounced variability in precipitation patterns.” After a brief introduction, several steps aimed at reducing toxic algae blooms are proposed, including an investment in technologies focused on the clean-up of blue-green algae blooms; broader regulatory oversight of septic systems; taking steps to reduce sewer overflows in coastal areas from sea-level rise and more-frequent rainfall events; and a renewed investment in a statewide comprehensive water-quality monitoring strategy.” Jim Turner reports for The News Service of Florida.

Read Biosolids: mix human waste with toxic chemicals, then spread on crops - “By some estimates, Americans send about 300m pounds of feces daily from the nation’s toilets to wastewater treatment plants. While the water is cleaned and discharged, the remaining toxic sewage sludge stays at the treatment plant, and it’s what Sierra Club environmentalist Nancy Raine calls “the most pollutant-rich manmade substance on Earth”. This “biosolid” sludge is expensive to dispose of because it must be landfilled, but the waste management industry is increasingly using a money-making alternative – repackaging the sludge as fertilizer and injecting it into the nation’s food chain. Now the practice is behind a growing number of public health problems. Spreading pollutant-filled biosolids on farmland is making people sick, contaminating drinking water and filling crops, livestock and humans with everything from pharmaceuticals to PFAS. As more biosolid-linked crises develop, some farmers and environmentalists are calling for a ban on the practice...In a scathing 2018 report, the EPA office of inspector general noted the agency couldn’t properly regulate biosolids, even if it sincerely tried, because “it lacked the data or risk assessment tools needed to make a determination on the safety of 352 pollutants found in biosolids”. Though regulators and industry don’t know what’s in biosolids, there’s strong evidence that it can be dangerous...Meanwhile, sewage sludge is behind a widening PFAS crisis that has contaminated farms in Maine, Michigan, Wisconsin, Alabama and Florida. PFAS, or “forever chemicals”, are linked to a range of serious health problems like cancer, thyroid disorders, immune disorders and low birth weight. The chemicals are a product used to make non-stick or water-resistant products, and are found in everything from raincoats to dental floss to food packaging…” Tom Perkins reports for The Guardian.

Read Florida Legislature fights rehearing in conservation case - “Attorneys for the Florida House and Senate urged an appeals court Monday to reject a request for a rehearing in a battle about conservation funding. The request came after environmental groups last month asked the 1st District Court of Appeal to reconsider a decision that backed the Legislature's handling of money that flows from a 2014 constitutional amendment designed to boost land and water conservation. The environmental groups, in part, argue that lawmakers improperly diverted money to other expenses, such as agency expenses and salaries. A Leon County circuit judge ruled in favor of the environmental groups, but the Tallahassee-based appeals court last month overturned that ruling. The 2014 constitutional amendment required a portion of documentary-stamp taxes to go to the state's Land Acquisition Trust Fund. In the filing Monday, attorneys for the House and Senate wrote that the appeals court had correctly interpreted how money in the trust fund could be used. "The court applied the Constitution as written and declined to impose limitations that do not appear in the Constitution -- limitations that the voters never voted to approve," the eight-page filing said. But in asking for the rehearing, the environmental groups said the appeals court's ruling "imposes no requirement upon the Legislature to acquire, restore and manage any new conservation and recreation lands whatsoever. In short, the court's decision permits the Legislature to continue expending LATF (Land Acquisition Trust Fund) funds to managing existing state lands without acquiring and restoring any new conservation lands. This is simply at odds with the reason citizens take the massive trouble and expense to initiate and adopt an amendment to the Florida Constitution.” From The News Service of Florida.

Read It’s our water. Many are outraged that Florida gives it away to corporations - “Water. It’s central to our identity as Floridians and vital to our survival. As humans, we can’t live without it, and by all accounts, we’re running out of it. So why are we literally giving so much of it away? And why would regional water managers — appointed by the governor — consider giving away fresh water to a bottled water conglomerate? They shouldn’t. Instead, they should listen to a growing chorus of voices from across the country that’s growing louder, protesting this terrible idea. Thousands of people have filed protests and many more have signed an online petition in opposition to the deal. Next month, the Suwannee River Water Management District board, based in Lake City, is scheduled to vote on a request for a permit to extract more than a million gallons of fresh water a day, for the next 20 years, from Ginnie Springs north of Gainesville, near the Santa Fe River. The permit application is from Seven River Springs, which supplies water to Swiss conglomerate Nestlé. The cost of the permit: $115. That’s it. The water itself is free...The Florida Legislature should consider changing state law so that this doesn’t keep happening. Allowing private companies to take a public resource for profit is legal under a 1972 law called the Florida Water Resources Act, passed by a Democratic legislature and signed into law by a Democratic governor, Reubin Askew, decades before bottled water became so immensely profitable. But if water managers and politicians are so intent on giving away our water to enrich a private corporation, they could at least demand fair value for it. This is terrible environmental policy and a dumb business decision at the same time. But this is how the state of Florida protects our precious environment…” Steve Bousquet writes Opinion for the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Read Ending invasive species group ‘a disaster,’ says Florida scientist who helped start it - “For 20 years, the Invasive Species Advisory Committee coordinated all of the federal government’s efforts at controlling pythons and other invasive species plaguing the nation, aiding in the design of regulations and scientific approaches to dealing with them. But last week the Trump Administration officially suspended the committee, in effect disbanding it at a time when Florida — which has more invasive species than any other state — has doubled down on its attempts to stop pythons. An Interior Department official said this was part of an effort to consider “the collective cost” of all federal advisory committees and “evaluate how those funds might be better utilized to address their missions.” To the Florida scientist who helped start the committee, Donald Schmitz, shutting down this group right now is nothing short of “a disaster.”Schmitz, a biologist who worked for what’s now called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, was one of the state’s first scientists to focus on the harm being done by invasive species. Major concerns then included melaleuca, — a water-guzzling tree taking over the Everglades — and hydrilla — a water plant with long, dangling vines that entangle boat motors. In 1996 he and another scientist co-wrote a letter to then-Vice President Al Gore urging federal action to coordinate all the agencies working on the issue, and they got 500 scientists to sign it. In 1999, then-President Bill Clinton signed an executive order laying out the federal response, which created the committee...The committee was “desperately needed,” Schmitz said, because there are 176 entities under the federal government that have some responsibility for controlling invasive species. Helping their cause was a growing recognition of the economic impact of such invaders as fire ants and Formosan termites, he said…” Craig Pittman reports for the Tampa Bay Times

Read Navarre Beach land, once potentially a marina, to be donated to county for park, conservation - “A 5-acre parcel of pristine soundside land on Navarre Beach, which was once the subject of heated debate over the possible construction of a marina and RV park, is slated to be given to Santa Rosa County as a $2 million donation from the Tallahassee-based Trust for Public Lands. The donation comes with stipulations that it is used only for "passive park and conservation purposes" and can never be developed, except for a pavilion, kayak launch or other minor public amenities. The Trust for Public Lands is expected to finalize the purchase of the parcel within a month and then immediately donate the land to Santa Rosa County. The land is sandwiched in between several other county-owned parcels which make up the Navarre Beach Marine Park. The donation of the land all but ensures the easternmost portion of Navarre Beach will never be developed. “The lease that currently exists on this property would have allowed a private marina to be built there, so this would effectively close that loop and allow it to be conservation, so you don’t have to worry,” said Kate Brown, senior project manager for the Trust for Public Land. “It’s all your park, and you (the county) can control the whole area.” The $2 million will come from a pot of RESTORE Act money, dubbed the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) fund, which compensates communities for damage caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Trust for Public Land's purchase of Navarre Beach Marine Park land completes its effort to create and renovate parks all up and down the Gulf Coast…” Annie Blanks reports for the Pensacola News Journal.

Read We’ve thrown money at Florida’s water problems, but we need to do more - “We were in Sanibel in July, my family and I, and I was a little worried that the nightmarish red tide that plagued Florida’s Gulf coast from 2017 through this past spring might still be lurking about. It wasn’t. There were no dead fish, no health advisories, no nothing. This was beautiful Sanibel as it should be. But as it too often is not… Ah, but this is Florida, where no matter how clean and clear the water may seem today, tomorrow could be an entirely different story. And that is something Florida legislators need to bear in mind as they gear up for the 2020 legislative session...Florida Senate President Bill Galvano, a Bradenton Republican, said we can expect more of the same this year. "From a budget standpoint you can expect another aggressive budget in the environmental realm," he said last week. But the question is whether legislators are prepared to do more than throwing more money at our water problems — or whether there's any appetite for tougher regulations that could make a far bigger difference. As generous as the Legislature might have been last year, many bills that would have imposed new restrictions on pollution went down in flames. To name just one: a measure that would have reinstated mandatory septic tank inspections every five years — a measure that was once law in Florida before the Legislature repealed it in 2012. Failing septic systems deposit nutrients into waterways, worsening pollution. And in a state with such monumental water problems, such regulations are kind of a no-brainer; yet there was insufficient political will in Tallahassee to get it done. Will that change this year? Will we try to tackle pollution at its source, or merely be content to fund cleanup costs that are only going to escalate and require ever more "aggressive" budgeting down the line? If we use only the carrot and never the stick to deal with our environmental calamities, we're doomed to suffer them forever…” Gil Smart writes Opinion for the Treasure Coast Newspapers.


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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 8th – 9:30am – Broward County Legislative Delegation meeting (Miramar) – Attend the Broward County Delegation meeting at the City of Miramar Commission Chambers, 23000 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL 33025. Members of the public and representatives of organizations are entitled to address the Delegation at the public hearing appropriate to their subject matter. Click on the Speaker's Form to sign up to speak. The completed form will automatically be forwarded to the Delegation office. Please have this form to the Delegation Office at least two (2) business days prior to the hearing. In addition, you may sign up at the hearing. Speakers will have 2 minutes to present information to the Delegation. If providing handouts to the members please bring 20 copies and give to the Delegation Assistant at the start of the meeting.

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.

October 9th - 4:00pm – 5:30pm- 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. Interested citizens wishing to be placed on the agenda for the October 9 public meeting are asked to contact Senator Bean’s Office at 904-757-5039, prior to close of business Friday, October 4. All materials or handouts for this meeting should be sent to Senator Bean’s Office no later than Friday, October 4. Information can be mailed to 13453 North Main St, Suite 301, Jacksonville, FL 32218 or emailed to Dee Alexander at alexander.dee@flsenate.gov.

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

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 11th - 8:00am-11:00am - Pasco County Legislative Delegation meeting - (New Port Richey) - Attend the Pasco County Legislative Delegation meeting at the Performing Arts Center at Pasco-Hernando State College West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey, FL 34654. This annual public meeting is an opportunity for citizens, elected officials, cities and local government, and other civic organizations to address the delegation before the start of the 2020 Legislative Session. If you would like to be placed on the printed agenda, please contact Representative Mariano’s Office at alexander.alt@myfloridahouse.gov or (727) 861-4806, by noon on Friday, October 4, 2019. You may also complete a Speaker’s Form on the day of the meeting and you will be afforded time to speak in the order in which it was received. Please submit or bring seven (7) copies of all handouts to the meeting for distribution.  If you would like more information regarding this meeting, please contact Alexander Alt by email (at the above listed email address) or call (727) 861-4806.

October 12th - 2nd Annual Festival of Flight & Flowers - (Eustis, Lake County) - Returning again this year, the Festival of Flight and Flowers weekend will provide visitors and local residents access to professionals and experts that specialize in native plants, outdoor recreation, wildflowers, bird and butterfly watching, and much more around Lake County Florida.  This year we are lucky to have Birding by Bus join us as our Keynote Speakers and special trip leaders. The weekend comprises of a one day festival on Saturday, October 12, in downtown Eustis, Florida, surrounded by field trips, conservation walks, and bird watching throughout Lake County, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We have biologists and nature experts leading the way on guided immersive field trips all over Lake County allowing you to experience Real Florida, as well as educational lectures and presentations all day on Saturday. For more information, visit the website here.

October 14th - 6:00pm (CDT)- Earth Ethics Environmental Education Series - (Pensacola) - Join Earth Ethics, Inc. at Ever’mans Educational Center located at 327 W Garden Street for a discussion on the (restoration of) The Rights of Nature. Find out what is happening locally, around the state and around the globe. Learn how you can get engaged and why it’s important, now more than ever, to do so. Stay up to date or learn more at https://www.facebook.com/events/2150083855285903/

October 15th - 2:00-4:00pm - Environmental Discussions Group of Manatee County - (Bradenton) - The Environmental Discussions Group of Manatee County will hold its next program at the Braden River Library meeting room, 4915 53rd Ave. E, Bradenton, FL 34203. We will host two speakers from Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department. They will visit to describe the habitat of gopher tortoises. Also, they will discuss the plans for conversion of overgrown land at Rye Preserve to a scrub and flatwoods habitat. That type of habitat is prime for the gopher tortoises and the wildlife their burrows support. Be sure to attend to see the exciting surprise display our speakers have planned. The meeting is open to all. Please send an r.s.v.p. to resourcewisdom@gmail.com.

October 22 - 10:00am - M-CORES Northern Turnpike Connector Task Force Meeting #2 - (Lecanto) - The Multi-Use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) program was signed into law by Governor DeSantis in May 2019. 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. The Task Force for the Northern Turnpike Connector (extending from the northern terminus of Florida’s Turnpike northwest to the Suncoast Parkway) will meet at the College of Central Florida Citrus Learning Center, 3800 S Lecanto Highway, Lecanto , FL 34461. Registration begins at 9:00am. FDOT staff will be available at each open house to answer questions and receive your comments. Additional information can be found on FDOT’s website here.

October 23 - 10:00am - M-CORES Suncoast Connector Task Force Meeting #2 - (Lecanto) - The Multi-Use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) program was signed into law by Governor DeSantis in May 2019. 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. The Task Force for the Suncoast Connector (extending from Citrus County to Jefferson County) will meet at the College of Central Florida Citrus Learning Center, 3800 S Lecanto Highway, Lecanto , FL 34461. Registration begins at 9:00am. FDOT staff will be available at each open house to answer questions and receive your comments. Additional information can be found on FDOT’s website here.

October 24 - 10:00am - M-CORES Southwest-Central Florida Connector Task Force Meeting #2 - (Lakeland) - The Multi-Use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) program was signed into law by Governor DeSantis in May 2019. 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. The Task Force for the Southwest-Central Florida Connector (extending from Collier County to Polk County) will meet at the Polk State College – Lakeland Campus, 3425 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland, FL 33803. Registration begins at 9:00am. FDOT staff will be available at each open house to answer questions and receive your comments. Additional information can be found on FDOT’s website here.

October 24th - Save Our Springs and Rivers Academy - (Deland) - The Green Volusia Program is hosting another Save Our Springs & Rivers Academy free adult education classes. This is a six-day class and will include classroom and field trip experiences, guest speakers and hands-on, feet-wet learning to provide an in-depth citizen engagement experience. The free adult education class will be held October 24, 25, 31, and November 1, 8, and 15th.  The October 25, 2019 class will participate in the Volusia Water Alliance's Water Symposium at the Wayne G. Sanborn Center in DeLand.  On November 15, 2019, the class will attend the Sh.O.R.E. Symposium (SHaring Our Research with Everyone - A Research Symposium for Students, Scientists and the Community) at the News-Journal Center in Daytona Beach, presented by Daytona State College's Institute of Marine and Environmental Studies, the Marine Discovery Center and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Advance registration is required. Email Kelli at kmcgee@natuastrategies.com for more information.

October 25th - 26th - State of Our Water Fall Symposium - (Deland) - Join the Volusia Water Alliance for the annual Water Symposium consisting of short presentations on the problems we face and possible solutions by leaders and experts. As our population grows in Central Florida, we are causing serious problems to our natural ecosystem and the Floridan Aquifer under our feet from which we get our water. There are no easy solutions, but the best minds in the business are coming together to work on it. Join us. Learn about the problems. Be a part of the solutions. FREE to the public! (Registration required).

October 26th - 9:00am-4:00pm - Florida Solar Congress - (Tampa) -Join Solar United Neighbors for the 2019 Florida Solar Congress. Solar experts, activists, homeowners, and supporters from all over the state of Florida will be converging in Tampa this October. We’ll discuss the state of solar in Florida in 2019 and celebrate the progress our movement has made so far. Visit the website for more information, RSVP here. Location: Phyllis P. Marshall Student Center, 4103 Cedar Circle Tampa, FL 33620.

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.

October 30th – 9:00am- Lee County Legislative Delegation meeting – (Fort Myers) – Attend the Lee County Legislative Delegation meeting at Florida Southwestern State College, Nursing Building (Room AA-177), 8099 College Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL 33919. The deadline to request placement on the meeting agenda for a general presentation before the Delegation is 5:00pm on Monday, October 21, 2019. All requests to be placed on the agenda must be submitted in writing to State Representative Dane Eagle, Chairman, Lee County Legislative Delegation, 1039 SE 9th Place, Suite 310, Cape Coral, FL 33990, or by email to dane.eagle@myfloridahouse.gov.

November 11th - 5:30-9:00pm - The Florida Premier of “We The People 2.0” - (Fort Myers) - Clean Water Now, Inc, is hosting a public viewing of the movie “We the people 2.0” to bring awareness of the Global Rights of Nature Movement and how the exercise of your community rights will create laws that bestow inalienable rights upon our eco-communities. The Lee County, Florida initiative is known as “The Caloosahatchee River Bill of Rights” or #CALBOR. Join elected officials, water advocacy groups , community leaders, educators, and businesses from across the State and Nation for dinner, show, and a guest panel. The film will be shows at the Broadway Palm Theater, 1380 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33907. For more information, visit the event page 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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