Upcoming Events 

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Reaching Out

Want to find out more about what 1000 Friends is up to?  Plan to attend our free webinars and join us at events at which staff members will be making presentations:

January 2020

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Dr. John M. DeGrove Free Webinar:  Advancing Nature-Based Solutions for Hazard Mitigation.  Presenters will discuss the use of FEMA funds for proactive land conservation and stewardship to mitigate the impacts of natural disasters and Florida-specific studies on the environmental and economic values of mangroves and other natural features that support coastal resilience.  Visit 1000fof.org/upcoming-webinars to find out more and register. Professional certification credits being offered.

February 2020

Friday, February 7, 2020, 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. When Corridors Collide:  Who Pays the Toll?  1000 Friends Policy & Planning Director Jane West is moderating a panel including Reed Noss with Conservation Science, Inc. and Thomas Hawkins of the University of Florida at the University of Florida’s 26th annual Public Interest Environmental Conference, The Rights of Nature:  Defending our Biosphere, February 6 to 8, 2020 in Gainesville.  To find out more visit ufpiec.org.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 6:50 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. COBWRA (Coalition of Boynton West Residential Associations) Water Symposium. 1000 Friends President Paul Owens will be among speakers at an event highlighting water problems and solutions in Florida. More details to come. For more information visit  https://www.cobwra.org/

Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 10 a.m. The Bellagio Homeowners Association in Lake Worth, representing 2,200 residents, is presenting a series of 9, 90 minute ECO-Bellaggio Seminars. The general theme of the seminars will focus on what makes Bellaggio unique among other communities within Palm Beach County and how Bellaggio maintains its eco-system. 1000 Friends Paul Owens will speak on the need to restore and strengthen growth management in Florida. More details to come. For more information visit https://www.Bellaggiofla.net

Wednesday, February 15, 2020, noon to 1:30 p.m.  1000 Friends of Florida Dr. John M. DeGrove Free Webinar:  2020 Florida Legislative Update.  Find out about legislation and budget items related to planning, growth management, conservation and transportation up for consideration during the 2020 session.  Visit 1000fof.org/upcoming-webinars to find out more and register.  Professional certification credits being offered.

Thursday, February 27, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.  1000 Friends of Florida Policy & Planning Director Jane West will be on a panel on Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation: Guide to Supporting or Opposing Projects hosted by the American Bar Association.  More information is coming soon.  2019 proved to be a challenging year for Florida citizen engagement. A string of emails by renowned environmental activist, Maggy Hurchalla, who questioned a lime rock mining plan ultimately resulted in a staggering $4.4 million dollar verdict against Hurchalla. The judgment was later affirmed by a state appellate court and is now pending Florida Supreme Court review. In the meantime, a rushed amendment to House Bill 7103 in the waning days of the 2019 legislative session provided for prevailing party attorney fees in any challenge to a development order under Fla. Stat. 163.3215 – the state’s land use “consistency” statute that requires development orders to be consistent with the local government’s Comprehensive Plan. The constitutionality of HB 7103 is currently being challenged in Circuit Court by 1000 Friends of Florida. The chilling effect of these recent developments is a serious threat to First Amendment free speech, citizen rights and sustainable development in Florida. This segment analyzes the background, how we got here and what to expect moving forward.

March 2020

Wednesday, March 11, 2020, noon to 1:30 p.m.  1000 Friends of Florida Dr. John M. DeGrove Free Webinar:  The Economics of Development in Florida.  What are the economic impacts of development and sprawl in our rapidly growing state?  Use local data and simple math to understand the impact of development on community economic health.  Visit 1000fof.org/upcoming-webinars to find out more and register.  Professional certification credits being offered.

April 2020

Wednesday, April  15, 2020, noon to 1:30 p.m.  1000 Friends of Florida Dr. John M. DeGrove Free Webinar:  2020 Florida Legislative Wrap.  Find out about legislation and budget items related to planning, growth management, conservation and transportation that passed and failed during the 2020 session.  Visit 1000fof.org/upcoming-webinars to find out more and register.  Professional certification credits being offered.

Thursday, April 23 to Friday, April 24, 2020Outside Collaborative 2020.  1000 Friends of Florida is proud to be a co-host of this two-day event being held in Clermont, Florida.  Day one includes a series of speakers and panelists discussing how to promote sustainable landscaping in order to address water issues and other critical environmental goals. Day two features morning tours focusing on biodiversity, green infrastructure and compost application, and afternoon interactive workshops on landscape and irrigation codes, native plants, and Low Impact Development.  To find out more and register please visit outsidecollab.com/.  The event has been approved for 10.5 AICP CM for planners and credits for other professionals are being sought.

April 23-23, 2020. Let’s shift the Florida landscape paradigm together.  1000 Friends of Florida is proud to be a part of the OUTSIDE Collaborative 2020 which focuses on the intersection of academia, industry, and government in order to shift the Florida landscape towards more sustainable landscaping. It provides a forum for collaboration, the sharing of best practices and showcasing innovative projects and trends. Through a unique collaborative platform over 2 days, we will unravel the issues, define the most relevant topics and build a strategic framework to advance sustainable landscaping in the State. The collaboration will take place from April 23-24, 2020 at the Clermont City Center, 620 West Montrose St., Clermont, FL 34711. For more information, please visit the website at outsidecollab.com.  If you have questions or are interested in being a 2020 conference sponsor, please email the organizing team at brianna.palfi@cherrylake.com.