FCC News Brief - September 11, 2019

Read Water board can’t meet until DeSantis appoints more members - “Gov. Ron DeSantis still has not appointed members to the Suwannee River Water Management District governing board to vacancies that he created, forcing the district to cancel a meeting Tuesday at which a public hearing of the 2019-20 budget was scheduled. The board, which usually has nine members, is down to just four after DeSantis rescinded the appointments of two members and did not reappoint three others whose terms were up. The board must have at least five members to vote on agenda items. An interview with district Executive Director Hugh Thomas was requested Tuesday by The Sun. Instead, district spokeswoman Lindsey Garland sent an email stating that appointments are expected soon. The Sun got no response from DeSantis’ office last week and on Tuesday when requesting information on applicants for five positions, the delay in making appointments and when some new members might be announced. Ryan Smart, executive director of the Florida Springs Council, said the appointments — when they are eventually made — will serve as a barometer of DeSantis’ pledge to protect Florida’s waters. A public records request was made by Smart for the applicants for the districts that were filed from Nov. 1 through March 11. Among the applicants were two members who were rescinded by DeSantis, Alphonas Alexander and Charles Keith. Also were three members whose appointments were not renewed earlier this year by DeSantis but stayed on for another 180 days — Kevin Brown, Richard Schwab and Bradley Williams. Also applying were Florida Springs Institute Executive Director Bob Knight, Our Santa Fe River Inc. board member Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson and Gainesville Attorney Jacob Rush. The Sun could not learn if others had applied since March. Many of the appointments made to the state’s five districts in the eight years Sen. Rick Scott was governor worked in forestry, agriculture, development and business with none representing water advocacy groups or water science. “It’s about diversity. Water management districts were designed to be governed by diverse boards and if you look in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s you saw that diversity,” Smart said. “When you have only one perspective like you have now you are not going to get the same level of decision-making.” Smart said DeSantis made a good decision in appointing Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, who has worked to protect the Everglades and prevent toxic algal blooms, to the South Florida Water Management District. But Smart added that one environmental advocate is not enough.” Cindy Swirko reports for The Gainesville Sun.

Read Biosolids - a future disaster? - “Florida’s population is projected to increase by 6 million people for a total population of nearly 26 million by 2030. Add to this the projected growth of visitors to our state, and wastewater management should be a major concern. The load, no pun intended, about to be placed on our failing city infrastructures — wastewater treatment facilities and sewer lines — is frightening... How are biosolids disposed of after treatment and where? How this gets answered will have a huge impact on Florida’s environment… Biosolids contain approximately 5.5 per cent nitrogen and 2.2 percent phosphorous. Through the land application of biosolids, approximately 4 million pounds of nitrogen and 1.5 million pounds of phosphorus are reintroduced back into the environment every year. Of note, note these are the nutrients that impair water quality and feed toxic algae blooms. It is ironic these same nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) — the very ones our state will spend billions of dollars to remove from our groundwater because of the claim septic systems are polluting our waterways — will be put right back into our environment though the disposal of biosolids...The location of treatment plants, the location of land application sites, and the amounts of biosolids permitted for a use can greatly impact public health and water quality. Placement and use are regulated by the federal EPA and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. However, as Florida grows, the impact of biosolid management must be considered along with other nutrient sources such as failing sewer pipes, fertilizer and septic systems. Unless we understand ALL the sources of nutrients, we cannot and will never fix Florida’s water problems. For those seriously concerned about water quality impairment, the disposal of biosolids deserves to become a key part of the discussion…” Dan Peterson writes Opinion for the Gainesville Sun.

Read We must up the ante to protect Southwest Florida - “Last year’s toxic algae crisis has been rightly crowned a historic turning point for our region. Many community leaders, residents, environmental groups and news organizations have come together to propose critical solutions for saving our waters, uniting to play an influential role in urging decision makers to take action. However, there is still much more to be done in order to safeguard Southwest Florida’s waters for future generations. Here are five more issues Florida will have to tackle head-on to protect our region’s economy, environment and quality of life… Not only are wetlands home to endangered species, they also provide valuable service to our human communities by storing 1 million gallons of floodwater per acre and treating pollutants. Yet, our state wants to fast-track wetland destruction permits by taking over the federal permitting process. If Florida is successful, critical federal protections — such as those that protect fish habitat and require agencies to review the environmental effects of their actions — will be eliminated. In 2011, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection permitted almost 10,000 acres of mining impacts in Lee County. The only thing that kept bulldozers at bay was the federal permitting process. Florida should abandon its efforts to assume control of the 404 program...Florida loses the equivalent of 10 acres of natural and agricultural lands an hour. These lands allow rainwater to recharge our aquifers, where 90% of Floridians obtain their drinking water. In addition, native vegetation naturally filters pollutants in stormwater before they reach our surface waters or aquifers. As these areas are converted to other land uses, we replace natural pollution sinks with new pollution sources. The historic average allocation to the Florida Forever program is $300 million, yet the program only received $33 million last year. To protect Florida’s waters from rampant development, the Legislature should dedicate the largest percentage of funds in the Land Acquisition Trust Fund to land acquisition…” Rob Moher writes Special to Florida Weekly.

Read You voted for the environment. Florida legislators don’t care - “Five years ago, Florida voters told legislators to clean up their act — and our state. By an overwhelming margin, voters passed the “Land and Water Conservation” amendment. The amendment received 75% of the vote, making it more popular than any other initiative — and most candidates. The amendment didn’t call for raising taxes one penny. It was simply about prioritizing. It told legislators to set aside a tiny fraction of the state budget — around 1% — for clean land and water. But Florida legislators did what they often do … they ignored you. Much as they did with Florida’s “Education Lottery,” they turned your mandate into a shell game. These guys are like carnies — except of giving you a kewpie doll at the end of their shell game, they give you the middle finger and a pile of pollution. You said you wanted more money spent on land and water. But they directed much of that new money toward old and existing expenses — things like IT workers, administrative salaries and vehicle purchases. Most of the spending was still related in some way to the environment. But a lot of the “Land Acquisition Trust Fund" money wasn’t actually spent acquiring land. As a result, the state’s “Florida Forever” conservation program remained anemic. An initiative that got $300 million a year back when Jeb Bush was in office is down to $33 million this year under modern-day Republicans…” Scott Maxwell writes Opinion for the Orlando Sentinel

Read Water quality a top concern at Sarasota legislative delegation meeting - “Improving water quality was among the top priorities for local officials who came before the Sarasota County Legislative Delegation Monday. City and county leaders asked for help from the state as they seek to reduce water pollution after last year’s devastating red tide bloom. “The biggest thing is water quality and we’re all saying the same thing,” said Sarasota County Commissioner Charles Hines. “The question is what are you doing about it?” Sarasota County is moving ahead with major wastewater treatment improvements to fix problems with the system. “We’re doing what we can to make it right,” Hines said. Upgrading the region’s wastewater and stormwater systems to keep water laden with algae-feeding nutrients out of the natural environment is hugely expensive, though. Hines said local governments could use more guidance and financial assistance from the state. He wants state leaders to identify the most effective methods of limiting nutrient pollution and provide local governments with financial assistance to implement them. “If we as Sarasota County do it alone it’s not going to make a difference,” Hines said. “We need everybody on the Gulf Coast moving forward.” Sarasota city leaders are requesting that local lawmakers “support legislation providing a recurring funding source for programs and projects for water quality preservation and enhancement.” The cities of North Port and Venice both are seeking state assistance to convert from septic systems to sewer lines...Environmental advocates believe stronger regulations also are necessary. The Legislature did not advance any meaningful new water quality rules this year, with bills aimed at everything from testing septic tanks to curbing lawn runoff failing to advance. Southwest Florida lawmakers filed a number of water quality bills this year but none of them were approved. Local lawmakers said Monday that they plan to keep pursuing the issue during the 2020 legislative session, which begins in January…” Zac Anderson reports for the Herald-Tribune.

Read I’m a conservative Republican. Climate change is real. - “I’m a conservative Republican and I believe climate change is real. It’s time for my fellow Republicans in Congress to stop treating this environmental threat as something abstract and political and recognize that it’s already affecting their constituents in their daily lives. If we don’t change our party’s position soon, our voters will punish us. It is well past time for Republicans to recognize the increasing costs and dangers associated with a changing climate. Scientific data empirically substantiates rises in sea and land temperatures which have materially increased over the past 20 years, increased acid in our air and seas, and rising sea levels, which have also increased velocity over the past 25 years. In the past few years, the U.S. alone has experienced record-breaking tornadoes and flooding, devastating hurricanes, and expansive wildfires. The doubling of the deep ocean heat content in the past 20 years portends significantly more severe storms and hurricanes in the future, creating more and more calls for “disaster relief.” I’m from a coastal district that is directly affected by these issues every day. In fact, my home state of Florida is ground zero for the adverse effects of climate change. As these extreme weather events increase in frequency and intensity, Congress — especially my Republican colleagues — needs to recognize the costs, disruptions and global security risks that climate change will bring to both our domestic and foreign policy, and the federal budget…” Rep. Francis Rooney writes for Politico.

Read Hey! Keep your oil drilling mitts away from Florida waters - “Drilling for oil in the Everglades or off Florida’s coastlines is a horrible idea. That is just a fact. People from both sides of the political aisle happen to agree. This isn’t a liberal or conservative talking point. That doesn’t always matter, though. Sure, 69 percent of voters approved Amendment 9 last November. That prohibited oil or natural gas drilling in state waters. That only covers between 3 and 10 miles off the coast, though. The rest of the water is under federal jurisdiction. Therein lies the tale. Last spring the American Petroleum Institute pushed to expand drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. President Donald Trump reportedly considered a plan to auction spots off Florida’s coastline for drilling. Just as quickly, Gov. Ron DeSantis vowed to “raise Cain” if the plan proceeded. It did not. These situations tend to come up every so often,  though, so we stay on guard. That’s where a pair of Florida U.S. House representatives — Democrat Kathy Castor and Republican Francis Rooney — come in. They hope to erect another legal barrier. They have presented the Protecting and Securing Florida’s Coastline Act. Several other Florida representatives from both major parties are co-sponsors…” Joe Henderson writes Opinion for Florida Politics.

Read As Earth faces climate catastrophe, US set to open 200 power plants - “Powerful hurricanes. Record-breaking heatwaves. Droughts that bring ruin to farmers. Raging forest fires. The mass die-off of the world's coral reefs. Food scarcity.  To avoid a climate change apocalypse, carbon dioxide emissions need to fall by as much as 45% from 2010 levels by 2030,  according to the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Instead, utilities and energy companies are continuing to invest heavily in carbon-polluting natural gas. An exclusive analysis by USA TODAY finds that across the United States there are as many as 177 natural gas power plants currently planned, under construction or announced. There are close to 2,000 now in service.  All that natural gas is “a ticking time bomb for our planet,” says Michael Brune, president of the Sierra Club. “If we are to prevent runaway climate change, these new plants can’t be built." It also doesn't make financial sense, according to an analysis by the Rocky Mountain Institute, a Colorado-based think tank that focuses on energy and resource efficiency. By the time most of these power plants are slated to open their doors, the electricity they’ll provide will cost more to produce than clean energy alternatives. By 2023, the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates the average cost of producing a megawatt hour of electricity will be $40.20 for a large-scale natural gas plants. Solar installations will be $2.60 cheaper and wind turbines will be $3.60 cheaper…” Elizabeth Weise reports for USA Today.

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Upcoming Environmental Events:

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 12th - 6:30pm-8:00pm - Big Bend Sierra Club program on Marine Debris (Tallahassee) - The Big Bend Sierra Club welcomes you to attend a program including an overview of marine debris impacts, a discussion on research, removal and prevention efforts in Florida, and a review of updates in progress to the Florida Marine Debris Reduction Plan and the Marine Debris Cross Team in GOMA’s Governors’ Action Plan IV. This program will be presented by Dr. Jennifer McGee, FWC’s Marine Debris Coordinator, who also serves as the Lead for Research and Data on the Florida Marine Debris Planning Team and Chair for the Gulf of Mexico Alliance’s (GOMA) Marine Debris Cross Team Initiative. Event post. Address: 1834 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee.

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 17th - 6:00-8:00pm - DEP Public Meeting Regarding Drawdown of Rodman Reservoir - (Palatka) - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting to discuss the drawdown of the Rodman Reservoir along the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway. The drawdown will be conducted from October 2019 through April 2020. Public meeting will be held at the Ravine Gardens State Park, 1600 Twigg St., Paltatka, FL 32177.

September 20th - 4:00-6:00pm - Pensacola Climate Strike - (Pensacola) - Join 350 Pensacola, Healthy Gulf and millions around the world for a global climate strike. On September 20, people will walk out of school, work, and home to join young climate strikers demanding an end to the age of fossil fuels and action on climate change. Inspired by our youth but including all ages, we will gather for music, art, and inspiring words from local climate leaders. Meet at Plaza de Luna, 900 S. Palafox St., Pensacola. The presentation is part of a regular series of events and presentations on climate change and related issues sponsored by 350 Pensacola. For more information: 350pensacola@gmail.com or the Facebook event page here.

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 23 - 5:30pm-8:00pm - Lagoon Straight Talk - (Cocoa Beach)- Join the Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition for the ‘Lagoon Straight Talk’ event at the Courtyard Marriott, Cocoa Beach. Speakers include MJ Waters of the BIRLC, Senator Debbie Mayfield, Virginia Barker, Jim McKnight, and Duane DeFreese discussing topics such as “People, Pollution, the Problem”, wastewater treatment upgrades, and funding solutions. There will be a Q & A session with panel members following presentations. Light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Questions to be submitted in writing by audience members. Registration and additional information: https://www.facebook.com/BIRLC .

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 25th – 10:30am CST – Holmes County Legislative Delegation meeting – (Bonifay) – Attend the Holmes County Legislative Delegation meeting at the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners, 107 E. Virginia Avenue Bonifay, FL. Public testimony during the Legislative Delegation Meetings is welcome. To request an appearance form to be placed on the agenda or submit handouts for the Legislation Delegation meetings, please email gainer.george@flsenate.gov or gainey.andrea@flsenate.gov or contact Senator Gainer’s district office at (850) 747-5454 no later than 4 p.m., Friday, September 13th.  

September 25th -  2:15pm CST – Jackson County Legislative Delegation meeting – (Marianna) – Attend the Jackson County Legislative Delegation meeting at the Jackson County School Board Chambers, 2903 Jefferson Street Marianna, FL.. To request an appearance form to be placed on the agenda or submit handouts for the Jackson County Legislation Delegation meeting, please email brad.drake@myfloridahouse.gov or ann.mcgraw@myfloridahouse.gov or contact Rep. Drake’s district office at (850) 951-0547 no later than 4 p.m., Friday, September 13th. 

September 25th – 9:00am CST – Walton County Legislative Delegation meeting – (DeFuniak Springs) – Attend the Walton County Legislative Delegation meeting at the Walton County Board of County Commissioners, 76 North 6th Street DeFuniak Springs, FL. Public testimony during the Legislative Delegation Meetings is welcome. To request an appearance form to be placed on the agenda or submit handouts for the Walton County Legislation Delegation meeting, please email gainer.george@flsenate.gov or gainey.andrea@flsenate.gov or contact Senator Gainer’s district office at (850) 747-5454 no later than 4 p.m., Friday, September 13th.

September 25th – 11:45am CST – Washington County Legislative Delegation meeting – (Chipley) – Attend the Washington County Legislative Delegation meeting at the Washington County Board of County Commissioners building, 1331 South Blvd. Chipley, FL. To request an appearance form to be placed on the agenda or submit handouts for the Washington County Legislation Delegation meeting, please email brad.drake@myfloridahouse.gov or ann.mcgraw@myfloridahouse.gov or contact Rep. Drake’s district office at (850) 951-0547 no later than 4 p.m., Friday, September 13th. 

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 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 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 11th-13th - 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 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 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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