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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:

February 2020

Wednesday, February 19, 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.

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 6:00 pm. 1000 Friends of Florida Outreach Director Haley Busch will be at the Winter Park Land Trust Annual Gathering: Supporters of open-spaces join together for refreshments, music and to share ideas while learning about the Winter Park Land Trust’s first year of progress. Winter Park Farmer’s Market, 200 W New England Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789. For more information, visit https://www.winterparklandtrust.org .

March 2020

March 7-8, 2020, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 1000 Friends of Florida Outreach Director Haley Busch will be at Florida SpringsFest 2020: Join springs enthusiasts for this two-day event that promotes the preservation of the springs through awareness and stewardship. Since 2000, Florida SpringsFest has been educating visitors about the importance of Florida Springs. SpringsFest is open from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm both days at Silver Springs State Park. For more information, visit the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2780563012036691/

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.

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.  The event has been approved for 10.5 AICP CM for planners, credits for Certified Floodplain Managers and Florida Environmental Health professionals, and credits for Florida attorneys (CLE) and landscape architects (DBPR) are being sought.