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2024 Webinars

Planning to Protect the Florida Wildlife Corridor Online Seminar

Part 2:  Fostering Community Vision

“Make no little plans.  They have no magic to stir men’s blood …” noted urban designer Daniel Burnham once famously stated.  Learn about two Florida communities that have or are establishing “big plans” to protect critical natural resources while promoting vibrant communities.  Dover Kohl & Partners principal-in-charge Victor Dover and Exum Associates’ Dr. Jay Exum discuss Lake Wales Envisioned.  This community-based planning process focuses on the ongoing revitalization of historic and compact downtown Lake Wales, linking it with an interconnected regional “Big Green Network” of conservation land.  Next, Marion County Growth Services Deputy Director Kenneth Weyrauch discusses harnessing your community’s comprehensive planning process.  Marion County has a 193,000-acre designated Farmland Preservation Area in its Future Land Use Map, supporting comprehensive plan provisions, a transfer of development rights program, and more.  Challenges, including significant growth pressure, are also be covered.

Part 1:  Looking at the Big Picture

What is landscape-scale conservation and why is it important?  How has the Florida Wildlife Corridor evolved from decades of GIS-based analysis and why should we be concerned about protecting it?  What role does agricultural land play in the corridor, and what are some of the threats and opportunities?  What impact will climate change and associated population migration have on the corridor?  Join University of Florida Center for Landscape Conservation Planning Director Thomas Hoctor, PhD, cattle rancher and conservationist Jim Strickland,  Florida Atlantic University  School of Environmental, Coastal & Ocean Sustainability (ECOS)​ Founding Director Colin Polsky, PhD, and Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation Chief Executive Officer Mallory Dimmitt, as they address these questions and more.

2024 Florida Legislative Wrap Up

The 2024 Florida Legislative Session has significant public policy impacts for planning, conservation, transportation, community design and other issues of concern to many Floridians. 1000 Friends President Paul Owens, Outreach Director Haley Busch, and Policy & Planning Director Kim Dinkins discuss key bills and budget recommendations related to planning and growth management, conservation, transportation, and water that passed and failed during the 2024 Session, including how legislation could impact Florida governance and planning practices.

2024 Florida Legislative Update

The 2024 Florida Legislative Session will have significant public policy impacts for planning, conservation, transportation, community design and other issues of concern to many Floridians. 1000 Friends President Paul Owens, Outreach Director Haley Busch, and Policy & Planning Director Kim Dinkins discuss key bills and budget recommendations related to planning and growth management, conservation, transportation and water that are being considered during the 2024 Session, including how legislation could impact Florida governance and planning practices.

Agriculture 2040/2070

Agriculture is a mainstay of Florida’s economy, with its lands also providing essential ecosystem services. Building on Sea Level 2040/2070, Agriculture 2040/2070 focuses on the impacts of future development and sea level rise on agricultural lands and the many values they provide, with a discussion on strategies to keep lands in production and protect conservation values. Presenters include the University of Florida Center for Landscape Conservation Director Tom Hoctor, and Associate Director Michael Volk who undertook the GIS-based study, and Jim Strickland, owner of Strickland Ranch, vice chair of the Florida Conservation Group, and past president of the Florida Cattleman’s Association. The webinar concludes with questions and answers.  Visit the Agriculture 2040/2070 webpage for more resources.

2023 Webinars

2024 Florida Legislative Preview

The 2024 Florida Legislative Session will have significant public policy impacts for planning, conservation, transportation, community design and other issues of concern to many Floridians. 1000 Friends President Paul Owens, Outreach Director Haley Busch, and Policy & Planning Director Kim Dinkins discuss key bills and budget recommendations related to planning and growth management, conservation, transportation and water that are likely to be up for consideration during the 2024 Session, including how legislation could impact Florida governance and planning practices.

Land Application of Biosolids in Florida: Challenges, opportunities, and equitable solutions

Community planning entails considering all aspects of human activity. As Florida’s growth continues to skyrocket, we are pressed for sustainable management of society’s wastes. Biosolids (sludge, septage) are a byproduct of common wastewater treatment processes. In Florida, most biosolids are landfilled or transported and applied on rural lands as fertilizer or soil amendment. With our state’s water quality challenges and as our rural areas feel pressure from development, a more sustainable, long-term solution to the conventional land application of biosolids is needed. In this webinar, consultant Craig Diamond, environmental economist Dr. Chris De Bodisco, and Florida State University PhD student and researcher Elio Fernandez set the scene of current biosolids management, and preview findings from an ongoing 1000 Friends of Florida project evaluating biosolids management, distributional considerations of Florida’s disposal practices, and options to mitigate its impacts.

The Underline:  Innovative approaches to linear park planning and landscape architecture

Since its founding, Friends of The Underline has been committed to transforming underutilized land below Miami’s Metrorail—from the Miami River to Dadeland South Station—into a 10-mile linear park, urban trail and public art destination. The third phase, now under way, will encompass some of The Underline’s most innovative and ambitious design elements, including bioretention ponds and bioswales designed to collect and filter rainwater runoff in a garden setting and the Miyawaki method for urban afforestation.  Friends of The Underline Chief Operating Officer Patrice Gillespie Smith discusses the evolution of the public-private partnership to convert unused urban land into a major community asset, and Isabel Castilla, ASLA, and Alejandro Vazquez, ASLA, of James Corner Field Operations focus on innovative planting strategies, including the incorporation of micro-forests and bioswales in the landscape architecture.  The session concludes with questions and answers.

The intersection between community design and public health

What role does community design play in public health?  University of Miami School of Architecture Professor Joanna L. Lombard discusses the elements of healthy communities and how they can enhance physical and mental wellness through social interaction, physical activity, and connection to nature.  She addresses how healthier design can help ameliorate the impacts of climate change, and the impacts on disadvantaged communities. She and Victor Dover, FAICP, principal / cofounder of Dover, Kohl & Partners and coauthor of the landmark book Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns, then have a conversation on strategies to integrate healthier design into communities, followed by a question-and-answer period.

2023 Florida Legislative Wrap Up

The 2023 Florida Legislative Session wrapped up on May 5, 2023, with significant public policy impacts for planning, conservation, transportation, community design and other issues of concern to many Floridians. 1000 Friends President Paul Owens, Policy & Planning Director Jane West, and Outreach Director Haley Busch discussed key bills and budget recommendations related to planning and growth management, conservation, transportation and water that passed and failed during the 2023 Session, including how legislation could impact Florida governance and planning practices.

2023 Florida Legislative Update

The 2023 Florida Legislative Session will have significant public policy impacts for planning, conservation, transportation, community design and other issues of concern to many Floridians. 1000 Friends President Paul Owens, Policy & Planning Director Jane West, and Outreach Director Haley Busch discuss key bills and budget recommendations related to planning and growth management, conservation, transportation and water that are up for consideration during the 2023 Session, including how legislation could impact Florida governance and planning practices.

REMINDER:  The information in the PowerPoint and Broadcast are updated through April 18, 2023 so may not be the most current when you view this.

Florida’s Rising Seas:  Sea Level 2040 and Sea Level 2070

Population growth and sea level rise promise to be the two defining drivers of how and where Florida develops over the 21st century.  In recognition of this, the University of Florida Center for Landscape Conservation Planning and 1000 Friends of Florida have partnered on a major new study, Florida’s Rising Seas:  Mapping our future. Building on earlier studies, Florida’s Rising Seas focus on Sea Level 2040 and Sea Level 2070, each of which provides GIS-based analyses of how Florida could accommodate its growing population on diminishing lands over the coming decades, and the impacts more compact patterns of development, increased land conservation, and other state and community planning actions will have on our natural, agricultural, and other lands.  This project is geared to state and local leaders, professionals, and concerned citizens. University of Florida Center for Landscape Conservation Planning representatives include Associate Director Michael Volk, Development and Land Use Analyst Dr. Daniel Farrah, and Director Dr. Tom Hoctor. 1000 Friends of Florida is represented by President Paul Owens and Communications Director Vivian Young, AICP.

2023 Florida Legislative Preview

The 2023 Florida Legislative Session, slated to start on Tuesday, March 7, 2023, will have significant public policy impacts for planning, conservation, transportation, community design and other issues of concern to many Floridians. 1000 Friends President Paul Owens, Policy & Planning Director Jane West, and Outreach Director Haley Busch discuss key bills and budget recommendations related to planning and growth management, conservation, transportation and water that are likely to be up for consideration during the 2023 Session, including how legislation could impact Florida governance and planning practices.

Forces of Nature:  Land Conservation in Florida with Clay Henderson

In his newly released book, Forces of Nature: A History of Florida Land Conservation, noted environmental lawyer and educator Clay Henderson discusses the evolution of conservation in Florida.  Henderson celebrates the individuals and organizations who made the Sunshine State a leader in state-funded conservation and land preservation. For this webinar, he will focus specifically on the intersection between land conservation and growth management in Florida. He will also cover challenges facing land conservation in Florida today, with recommendations on moving forward. Forces of Nature will motivate Floridians to join in defending our state’s natural wonders.

2022 Webinars

Lessons from Lake Wales with Victor Dover, FAICP

Incorporated in 1917, Lake Wales is a small Main Street community with a rich legacy.  In the 1930s, the City of Lake Wales retained the noted Olmsted Brothers firm to develop a “garden in a city” landscape plan, which was soon implemented.  But more recently, recognizing the need to support downtown and neighborhood revitalization, increased affordable housing, stronger community linkages and more, the City of Lake Wales retained Victor Dover, FAICP, principal / cofounder of Dover, Kohl & Partners and coauthor of the landmark book Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns, to develop a Downtown Revitalization Planand a Northwest Neighborhood Plan.  Victor and his team are now working on implementation strategies for these plans.  Victor and Mark Bennett shared planning approaches to respect a community’s rich character while addressing 21st century needs. 

The Legacy of the Swamp Peddlers with Jason Vuic 

In 2021, award-winning author Jason Vuic published The Swamp Peddlers, a tale of misguided land development in Florida during the grow-at-any-cost 1950s and ’60s. Jason discusses the legacy of these “swamp peddlers” who continue to impact the way Florida grows and develops to this day. With lessons from Hurricane Ian, he weaves in his thoughts on a more sustainable future. A skilled lecturer and speaker, Jason has appeared on NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” APM’s “Marketplace,” “Fox and Friends,” CBC’s “The Current,” and C-SPAN’S “Book TV.” The Swamp Peddlers won the Phillip and Dana Zimmerman Gold Medal Prize for Florida Nonfiction at the 2021 Florida Book Awards, as well as the 2021 Charlton Tebeau Award for outstanding general interest book from the Florida Historical Society.

Rethinking Sprawl with Galina Tachieva 

Florida has been described as “the poster child for sprawl.”  Galina Tachieva, Managing Partner at DPZ CoDESIGN in Miami and author of the award-winning Sprawl Repair Manualdiscusses strategies to enhance suburban communities to meet the needs of today by introducing connectivity, a sense of place, mixed uses, greater housing choices, and more.   Galina starts with an overview of urban design principles and recent development trends.  She covers the retrofitting of large areas such as shopping centers, as well as opportunities to bring smaller-scale, incremental changes to the suburbs through lean sprawl repair tools.  The session finishes with a question-and-answer period.

The Economics of Development in Florida with Joe Minicozzi, Part 3

Back by popular demand, Urban3 founder and principal Joe Minicozzi provides Florida-specific information on the types of analysis to undertake to determine the true economic impacts of new development and redevelopment in communities. Drawing on new data from Collier County, West Palm Beach and other communities in Florida and beyond, he explores the types of short and long-term public costs associated with development and anticipated revenue through property taxes and other measures. A pioneer of an approach to planning and city design called Geoaccounting, Mr. Minicozzi demonstrate how cities can use local data and simple math to understand the impact of development on their community economic health. His case studies illuminate how cities and regions can better forecast fiscally sustainable development patterns, in the process protecting sensitive natural lands and waters.

Lessons from the Ocklawaha

The campaign to “Free the Ocklawaha” is moving forward, offering lessons for other parts of Florida.  Dammed in 1968, the iconic Ocklawaha River once connected Silver Springs to the St. John’s River and the Atlantic Ocean.  Free the Ocklawaha River Coalition Chair Margaret Spontak provides an overview of the campaign and recent polling.  Florida Springs Council President Casey Fitzgerald summarizes the environmental benefits of restoration along the 215-mile Great Florida Riverway including Silver Springs and the 20 “lost” springs.  Dominic Calabro, President & CEO of Florida TaxWatch, discusses their recent economic analysis of removing the dam and restoring the flow.  St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman wraps up with a brief review of lessons learned and next steps.  The session will conclude with a question-and-answer period, moderated by Vivian Young, AICP.

Promoting Transportation Equity in Florida

1000 Friends of Florida Board Member Bob Cambric provides a brief overview of why equity has been and continues to be an issue in transportation planning.  Jennifer Marshall, Director for the Florida Department of Transportation Office of Environmental Management, describes steps FDOT is taking to enhance equity within its planning process and an overview of initiatives underway in counties and municipalities across the state. Manatee County Commissioner Reginald “Reggie” Bellamy discusses the Palmetto Trails project, focusing on efforts provide better transportation linkages within an underserved community and promote greater economic vitality. Bob Cambric and Vivian Young, AICP, moderate the question-and-answer session.

2022 Florida Legislative Wrap Up

We experienced significant technical issues with this event.  If you wish to view the broadcast, it would be best to also download the PowerPoint.

The 2022 Florida Legislative Session has significant public policy impacts for planning, conservation, transportation, community resilience and other issues of concern to many Floridians. 1000 Friends Board Member Emeritus and Past Chairman Lester Abberger, President Paul Owens, Policy & Planning Director Jane West, and Outreach Director Haley Busch discussed key bills and budget recommendations related to planning and growth management, conservation, transportation and water that passed and failed during the 2022 Session, including how legislation impacts Florida governance and planning practices.

2022 Florida Legislative Update

1000 Friends Board Member Emeritus and Past Chairman Lester Abberger, President Paul Owens, Policy & Planning Director Jane West, and Outreach Director Haley Busch discuss key bills and budget recommendations related to planning and growth management, conservation, transportation and water that are being considered during the 2022 Session, including how legislation could impact Florida governance and planning practices.

Supporting Land Conservation Initiatives in Florida

This webinar focused on two key land conservation initiatives in Florida and how you can support them. Will Abberger, The Trust for Public Land’s Director for Conservation Finance, addressed the Florida Forever program, our state’s major conservation and recreation lands acquisition program, and how to support more robust funding for this key program during the 2022 Florida Legislative Session. Kent Wimmer, Senior Representative for Defenders of Wildlife, discussed the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership. This coalition of federal agencies, state and local governments, and non-governmental organizations works with private landowners in Florida and across the nation to advance sustainable land management practices around military installations and ranges, including land conservation, agriculture and forestry, and climate resilience. Both of these programs can play a significant role in supporting a more sustainable future for Florida.

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2022 Florida Legislative Preview


Preempting Local Government Authority in Florida


State Initiatives for Community Resilience in Florida


Developing a Property Rights Element for Your Community


2021 Florida Legislative Wrap Up


Reducing the Footprint of Irrigated Landscapes in Florida’s Residential Developments


2021 Florida Legislative Update


The Economics of Development in Florida, Part II


2021 Florida Legislative Preview

M-CORES: What’s Next?


Victor Dover on “The Car-Optional Neighborhood: How should it be designed?


Induced Traffic Demand: You can’t build your way out of traffic congestion


Resilient305: Partnering on Community Resilience


St. Johns County 2070: What’s Next?


Understanding Land Use and Growth Management Planning in Florida


OUTSIDE 2020: Sharing Perspectives


2020 Florida Legislative Wrap Up


The Economics of Development in Florida


2020 Florida Legislative Update


Advancing Nature-Based Solutions for Hazard Mitigation
2020 Florida Legislative Preview


Covering All the Bases: Effective Engagement in the M-CORES Process


Outside: Sustainable Landscape Collaborative Webinar


2019 Florida Legislative Wrap Up


M-CORES (The Heartland and Suncoast Expressways): Policy and Planning Implications for Florida’s Future


2019 Florida Legislative Update


Planning for Community Resilience & Preservation


2019 Florida Legislative Preview
Recycle Right to Meet Industry Challenges


Sustainable Landscaping Principles and Practices


Trouble in Paradise


Urban Tree Selection for Sustainability


Implementing Complete Streets in Florida


2018 Florida Legislative Wrap Up


Planning for Community Resiliency in Satellite Beach: Stormwater Infrastructure and LDRs


Planning for Community Resiliency in Satellite Beach: Stormwater Infrastructure and LDRs
2017
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2015
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2018 Florida Legislative Preview


Responding to Irma: Planning Strategies to Promote Resiliency in Florida’s Communities


Implementing Florida 2070: Successful Local Conservation Ballot Measures in Florida


Character Towns: Positioning Small Cities and Towns for the New Economy


Florida Forever Advocacy: A Game Plan for 2018


2017 Florida Legislative Wrap Up


Dangerous by Design: A Challenge for Change


2017 Florida Legislative Update


Implementing Water 2070: Water Conservation Planning for Florida Communities


2017 Florida Legislative Preview
Lake Pickett North: A Citizen Advocacy Success Story


Water 2070


Florida 2070


Ethics in Leadership Development for the Planner


Speak Up: Environmental Advocacy with Gov. Bob Graham


2016 Florida Legislative Wrap Up


Complete Streets Implementation in Florida


2016 Florida Legislative Preview
The Economics of Downtown Revitalization in Florida


Sprawl Repair for Florida’s Communities


Citizens Organizing for Positive Community Change


Sign Regulation after Reed v. Town of Gilbert, AZ


2015 Florida Legislative Wrap Up


Florida’s Community Planning Process and Meaningful Citizen Participation


2015 Florida Legislative Update


Victor Dover on Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns


Planning for Sea Level Rise: Legal Issues Facing Florida
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