FCC News Brief - September 4, 2019

Read Hurricane Dorian could leave downed trees and lasting environmental impacts - “When Hurricane Dorian's winds and rains bear down on Brevard County this week, the environment will take a beating, from old trees to beach dunes to the long-suffering Indian River Lagoon… Although the path and strength of Dorian are still unclear, Brevard is sure to feel the storm and Dorian will dilute any lingering toxic algae blooms like the one that fouled Lake Washington this summer, but also add nutrients from runoff, sewage and fertilizer potentially fueling worse blooms weeks and months later.  Storm surge over-topping dunes could push sand across coastal habitats, depositing sand inland and causing significant changes to the landscape and fragile habitats. Freshwater wetlands may get inundated with ocean water, beyond the level some fish and other wildlife can tolerate. Older trees battered by Hurricane Irma two years ago, especially, will be at risk of uprooting as already saturated ground gets soggier. Oaks in low-lying areas saturated by recent rains, such as Merritt Island, are particularly vulnerable. They suffered "windburn" and internal injuries from Irma, which hampered their circulation and ability to photosynthesize. "When the ground gets really, really saturated they can fall right over," warned Bonnie Wells, a commercial horticulture agent at the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences in Brevard County...Dorian could force Cocoa and/or Melbourne water utilities to cut off water to the barrier islands to spare the rest of their drinking water systems, as has happened in past storms. The storm also could overtax sewer and septic systems, sending countless gallons of raw sewage into the lagoon and other coastal waters...As with Hurricane Irma, widespread sewage system and septic tank failures are likely during Dorian, as floodwaters overtax lift stations and flood septic tank drain fields. Tens of thousands of gallons of raw sewage already have been spilled this summer. A public wake-up call to the vulnerability of local water and sewage infrastructure came during and after Hurricane Irma…” Jim Waymer reports for Florida Today.

Read How climate change is making hurricanes more dangerous - “Major hurricanes are by far the world’s costliest natural weather disasters, in some cases causing well over $100 billion in damage. There’s now evidence that the unnatural effects of human-caused global warming are already making hurricanes stronger and more destructive. The latest research shows the trend is likely to continue as long as the climate continues to warm. Whether called hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean, typhoons in the western Pacific Ocean, or cyclones in the Indian Ocean, strong tropical cyclones are an example of nature’s fiercest fury. The criteria that conspire to form tropical cyclones are rather simple. It all starts with a small atmospheric disturbance located in or near a tropical ocean. If water temperatures are warm enough, generally more than 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and atmospheric conditions are supportive with moisture and uniform winds, a tropical system can evolve. In the Atlantic the system first becomes a tropical depression. As it gets stronger the system graduates to a tropical storm and then finally, when winds rise over 74 mph, it is termed a hurricane…” Jeff Beradelli reports for Climate Connections.

Read Legal system isn’t set up to protect environment - “Recent news reports about the cumulative impacts of water withdrawals on the Santa Fe River and its associated springs (already designated by the state of Florida as needing to be “in recovery” in regard to lost flow) — especially news about Nestlé‘s request for an amended water use permit at the water bottling plant near Ginnie Springs — have gotten a lot of attention in springs and river defenders’ circles, and for good reasons. Unfortunately, asking the Suwannee River Water Management District to deny Nestlé’s permit may not have any effect because our current legal system is not set up to protect living natural systems such as the Santa Fe River; instead, our system decides how much harm can legally be permitted. Several years ago, I attended a program called Democracy School that was run by lawyers from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund at the Center for Earth Jurisprudence at Barry University Law School in Orlando. Here’s what I learned. Our laws have historically been written and interpreted to give precedence to business and commerce, to private property rights, to the idea of legal “standing,” and to the ability of state and federal laws to preempt local laws. In particular, the legal concept of “standing” makes it almost impossible to argue for the restoration, protection and preservation of whole ecosystems (such as the Santa Fe River) unless you own all the land where those ecosystems exist. That’s because those ecosystems have no inherent rights of their own, hence no legal “standing.” State and federal preemption laws make it almost impossible for local communities to prevent damaging activities such as fracking or phosphate mining that can destroy whole ecosystems. And if corporations or businesses are denied permits for such actions, they can then sue — and almost always win — with the argument that they have lost expected income. The particular philosophy of law that benefits commerce at the expense of natural systems and community rights made sense to lawmakers when our country was young and unpopulated, but times have changed. We need new conversations about whether those laws serve us well today…” Lucinda Faulkner Merritt writes Opinion for the Gainesville Sun

Read Arguments in Florida-Georgia water war case get moved up - “Legal arguments in a decades-long fight over water between Georgia and Florida have been rescheduled. The states had been expected in court in mid-December. Now, they’re scheduled for mid-October. It’s a fight over the water flowing down the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers that’s gone on for years. Florida says Georgia uses too much of it, and not enough flows down to the Apalachicola River in the Florida panhandle. That’s had disastrous effects on the environment and fisheries, Florida says. The case in the U.S. Supreme Court has come to focus more on the Flint River, used by South Georgia farmers, and not as much on Atlanta’s use of the Chattahoochee. The states argued in front of the Supreme Court last year, but instead of making a decision, the high court asked for more information. This new round of arguments will be in front of a court-appointed Special Master in Albuquerque on Oct. 17…” Molly Samuel reports for WABE.

Read State won’t hold bear hunt in 2019 - but 2020 is possible - “Four years ago, the state held its first bear hunt in 21 years. Hunters quickly killed 304 bears — so many that the week-long hunt had to be shut down after just two days. Controversy erupted over the fact that among the dead were 36 lactating females. As a result, when the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission debated holding a second hunt in 2016, the proposal failed. And when the commissioners brought the idea up again in 2017, they ultimately decided not to even discuss holding another bear hunt until 2019. Now the agency’s executive director says the commissioners won’t take up the subject before December. First, though, will come the updated bear management plan, said Eric Sutton. “As directed by our commissioners two years ago,” he wrote in an email to the Tampa Bay Times, “we have been focused on updating and revising (the) Bear Management Plan before considering future bear hunts. We plan to release the updated plan for public comment in early October and present to commissioners this December." That updated plan, he wrote, “will fully address bear hunting and any decisions in that regard will be up to our commission.” Until 2012, Florida’s black bears were on the state’s imperiled species list. But as soon as they came off the list, wildlife officials say, hunters were pushing for a return of the long-banned hunt. Reopening hunting became a more urgent issue after a series of attacks on humans in Central Florida and the Panhandle. Commission proponents of reviving a bear hunt said they saw it as a way to control a growing bear population, although the last full-fledged count of the bear population occurred in 2002. The commission sold more licenses to hunt bears than the estimated number of bears. It later used the money to help communities in bear habitat distribute bear-proof trash containers…” Craig Pittman reports for the Tampa Bay Times

Read Marco Island waterways added to state impairment after elected official contacts DEP - “The city of Marco Island has been put on notice by the state that its waterways are impaired and in need of a corrective plan after an elected official asked the state to officially acknowledge its water quality issues. The Department of Environmental Protection submitted its findings in a letter to City Manager Mike McNees last week, indicating the need for the development and adoption of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) to bring nutrient levels back into compliance. "The department has recently completed its evaluation of available water quality data and has determined that several waterbody segments do not meet nutrient water quality standards," water quality assessment program administrator Jennifer Espy wrote.  "These waterbody segments have been placed on the State’s Verified List of Impaired Waters, indicating they are in need of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL)." Nitrogen levels in the city's canals have been above standards set by the DEP for the past two years. For a water body to be considered impaired, it must be above those standards for two out of three years. A TMDL is defined as "the maximum amount of a given pollutant that surface water can absorb and still meet the water quality standards that protect human health and aquatic life," according to the DEP. TMDLs are developed through the public rule-making process and with input from local stakeholders. Once a waterbody is designated as impaired, it is required by state law to implement a TMDL...Water quality was identified by constituents as one of the most important issues during last year's election cycle. Elected officials have grappled with how to address the problem, including trying to determine what the root causes were for the nutrient levels...The city has already approved increasing testing from a quarterly to monthly basis at the start of the next fiscal year. Young has been at the forefront in pushing the city to do more. Earlier this year, he exposed inefficiencies in the way the city was installing Suntree filters and how the city was complicit in exacerbating water quality issues in its application of reuse water to medians and golf courses. Despite phosphate being banned from the island, Young said reuse water contributed more than over 36,000 pounds, according to calculations from city data. In terms of nitrogen, reuse water accounts for 88,000 pounds…”  Devan Patel reports for the Naples Daily News.

Read Florida’s ‘City Beautiful’ taking its fight over takeout container litter to FL Supreme Court - “The City Commission of Coral Gables, which has spent three years trying to ban polystyrene (trade name: Styrofoam) containers, has decided to take its case to the Florida Supreme Court. The coastal community on Miami’s southern end is nicknamed the “City Beautiful,” and local leaders were concerned about a growing litter problem. The city commission passed the ordinance prohibiting food service providers and stores there from selling or using expanded polystyrene containers in 2016. Then, after lobbying by state retailers, the Florida Legislature passed a statewide law banning any local government from passing regulations on packaging materials such as polystyrene and plastic bags after January 1, 2016. The law specifically caught Coral Gables in its crosshairs, because the city had passed its ban in February 2016. The Florida Retail Federation, a lobbying trade group, then filed a lawsuit against Coral Gables, but a local trial court upheld the city’s law. That ruling stood until the case went to the Third District Court of Appeal, which ruled against the city’s polystyrene ban earlier this month. That’s why the city is now headed to the Florida Supreme Court. Several Florida cities passed ordinances banning the use of single-use plastic bags earlier this year, but they’ve reversed themselves after receiving a stern warning from the Florida Retail Federation reminding them that it’s still against state law to ban plastic. If the local governments didn’t repeal their bans, the group said, they “could be responsible for paying attorney fees, costs and damages to any person that successfully challenges the unlawful ordinance in a court of law…” Mitch Perry reports for the Florida Phoenix.


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Upcoming Environmental Events:

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 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 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 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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