FCC News Brief - September 6, 2019

Read Polk voices oppose Polk-to-Collier toll road - “During the first meeting of a panel planning a highway from Polk County to the Naples area, a parade of residents urged members to advise the Florida Department of Transportation not to build the toll road at all. For the committee to do that, it would have to disregard the guidance embedded in the legislation that created the panel. “I don’t think that’s going to be a recommendation that would come from the task force,” said Winter Haven Mayor Pro-Tem Nathaniel Birdsong, one of four Polk County representatives on the 47-member panel. “There were no discussions about that.”...“I feel like a lot of participants were thinking that our task was going to be to actually choose the path for a road, if a new road is warranted, and it was made pretty clear by the DOT that that’s not the task of the committee,” Worthington-Decker said. “I think once that was understood by the group, there was a need for a lot more information, so pretty much the afternoon session — in our group, anyway — was focused on requests for data.” The legislation that triggered the planning process has been highly controversial. Environmental groups have said the roads will generate sprawl in some of Florida’s most rural counties, fracturing wildlife corridors and further fragmenting the habitat of such endangered species as the Florida panther. Critics say road planning should be directed by DOT, not the Legislature. Environmental groups note that the Polk-to-Collier highway essentially revives the long-planned Heartland Parkway, a project DOT eventually rejected after determining it wasn’t financially viable...At the meeting, Bass reminded panel members that the Florida Legislature has failed to implement full funding for the Florida Forever land-conservation program, even though voters approved a 2014 constitutional amendment devoting $300 million a year to land acquisition. He questioned the allocation of potentially billions of dollars for highways that will make it harder to preserve green spaces.“I would like you to focus on the environmental impact,” Bass said. “I would also like you to think longer than 10 years, longer than 20 years, longer than 60 years. What are we going to have? Are we still going to have some semblance of what makes Florida great, and that’s the wild Florida?” Doug Morrison of Babson Park also criticized the project during the public comments. He is the son of the late Ken Morrison, former president of Audubon of Florida. “I’d like to ask the task force members to take a step back and consider the ‘no build’ alternative,” Morrison said. “This process should look at the projected costs up front. Traffic studies should be conducted immediately. How many billions of dollars might we be looking at spending on this project? We don’t know…” Gary White reports for The Ledger.

Read Hardly any sea turtles washed back after Dorian, population likely OK despite erosion - “Despite numerous sightings of sea turtle eggs and exposed nests on Brevard's beaches from Sebastian Inlet to Cocoa Beach, Hurricane Dorian is not expected to have left a serious impact on the sea turtle population. So far the offshore breeze following Dorian appears to have played favorably for hatchlings and post-hatchling turtles, said The Sea Turtle Preservation Society's chairperson Roger Pszonowsky. "We're not seeing any sargassum seaweed on the beach," he said, explaining that most often following a storm the baby turtles get washed back with the seaweed that they latch on to following their first swim out to sea...While an accurate picture of Dorian's impact on the population will become clear in the following days and weeks as data is collected through nest surveys, Pszonowsky notes that it's been a "banner year" for nests, and that overall the population will more than likely not be adversely affected by the storm…” Alessandro Sassoon reports for Florida Today.

Read Now is the time for courageous leadership by water management officials - “This is a pivotal moment in our longstanding fight for clean water.  Gov.Ron DeSantis was elected on a pledge to improve and protect the water quality in Florida, recognizing the vital role that clean water plays in public health, a healthy economy and a vibrant environment. Putting his words into action, he replaced the governing board of the South Florida Water Management District with smart, creative and caring individuals who have, thus far, carried out his directives to take the steps necessary to improve and protect water quality.  For example, at a recent meeting, the board expanded the water-quality network around Lake Okeechobee to better identify areas of pollution, enabling staff to better work with landowners to improve water quality. The state has allowed the continued pollution of Lake Okeechobee for too long, and definitive action is needed. Phosphorus loading to the lake is routinely five times the state-imposed annual limit of 105 metric tons from the watershed, and record levels of this nutrient have entered the lake in recent years. The state has failed to set a limit for nitrogen pollution into the lake, which in combination with phosphorus, in 2018, contributed to the largest toxic algae bloom in history. This pollution affects those of us on the coasts — Lee, Martin and Palm Beach counties — as billions of gallons of this toxic, polluted water from the lake is discharged into our estuaries and wellfields, creating widespread adversity to our health, economies and environment...There will be both positive and negative economic impacts of these measures, and the cost of doing business in the region may increase as landowners are required to clean up stormwater before it leaves their property. But time and again, studies have shown that the public cost of preventing pollution at its source is less expensive than having to deal with the adverse impacts of polluted water to our health, economies and environment…” Gary Goforth writes Opinion for the TCPalm.

Read Other cities have built levees and sea walls. That won’t work in Florida - “Guus van Kesteren moved to Delray Beach 23 years ago. His home here is on the the town's barrier island and backs up to the Intracoastal Waterway, which separates the island from the Florida mainland. At just six feet above sea level, he lives in one of the lowest places in all of Delray Beach, an affluent city of 65,000 about an hour's drive north of Miami. In more than two decades, he's seen hurricanes send water surging over his seawall and into his lawn. But now each fall during annual high tides, salt water creeps up into his garden and chokes his plants, even when there are no storms...Delray Beach is joining other towns in the region that are developing plans to respond to the threat of rising seas, and it is finding that the defenses necessary are incredibly expensive. Earlier this year, an engineering firm delivered a report to the Delray Beach city commission that found that eliminating flooding in the city's most vulnerable neighborhoods would cost an estimated $378 million. For a city that says it has an annual budget of $130 million, the cost came as a shock to many, including the city's mayor, Shelly Petrolia. "There's concern about how to pay for what needs to be done, but the good part about this is that we have at least an understanding of where we need to get to," Petrolia said. "Many cities like ours have not even gotten that." Some think the question of how to pay for the defenses needed to ward off rising seas could become a serious crisis for small towns and cities up and down America's coasts. One of them is Richard Wiles, the executive director of the Center for Climate Integrity, an advocacy group that calls for fossil fuel companies to pay for costs related to the climate crisis. His group recently released a study estimating how much it would cost to build basic structures such as seawalls to protect 22 states and the District of Columbia against sea level rise expected by 2040. The cost? More than $400 billion…” Drew Kann reports for CNN.

Read Village to limit fertilizer use - “Applying potent fertilizers to residential landscaping can be “too much of a good thing,” Islamorada Village Council members agreed Aug. 29. The council passed the first reading of a landscape ordinance that would prohibit the use of fertilizers containing nitrogen and phosphorus within 15 feet of a waterway or shoreline, and in an overall restricted period from June 1 to Sept. 30. “We have dozens and dozens of waterways, canals and basins that can be affected by nutrients,” Kelly Cox, an Islamorada resident who serves as attorney for the nonprofit Miami Waterkeepers group, told council members. “We need to concentrate on what we can do as a community to set the gold standard for water quality.” Another section of the proposed ordinance, likely to have its second reading Sept. 19, would ban the dumping of grass clippings or “vegetative debris” into a canal or water body...“There are things that are too much of a good thing,” Cox said, pointing to excess nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus that threaten Florida Bay and can kill seagrass. Commercial landscapers and “applicators” would be required to obtain state-approved training for best practices. Gillis said landscaping companies she spoke with had no objections. “Many of them are saying this is the right thing so do,” she added. The regulation would not ban fertilizers containing phosphorus or nitrogen, but limits how much of the nutrients can be in the fertilizer mix and where it may applied…” Kevin Wadlow reports for the Keys News.

Read Gus Muench, who spent decades as a crabber, waged a campaign to protect Cockroach Bay and the Little Manatee River - “In her eulogy to Gus Muench, longtime friend and fellow environmental activist Nanette O’Hara noted he was a commercial crabber who incurred the wrath of other crabbers and fishers by advocating seasonal closures to stop overfishing. That was just one of his campaigns. Muench, who died Aug. 14 at age 83, fought fiercely to protect Cockroach Bay, the Little Manatee River and the estuaries of southeast Hillsborough County, decrying the destruction of mangroves — nurseries of sea life — by shoreline development… Perhaps his most notable achievement was getting Hillsborough County to buy sensitive environmental lands, including an island with a shell mound created by the early Uzita Indians, among the first residents Florida, to preserve its history and the ecosystem. That purchase inspired the late Hillsborough County Commissioner Jan K. Platt to push for a similar effort for sensitive lands throughout the county, approved twice by county voters. As of now, the county has purchased 61,000 acres of now-protected lands under the Jan K. Platt Environmental Lands Acquistion and Protection Program… “Fishermen in general have a lot of time on the water to think and observe and look around,’’ she said. “He looked around and took note of what he saw, how things changed over the seasons. He saw improvements; he also saw the need to preserve the wetlands... He was spot on in recognizing the importance of those creeks, streams and mangrove marshes…” Philip Morgan reports for the Tampa Bay Times


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Upcoming Environmental Events:

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 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 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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