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2020 Florida Legislative Update
(Broadcast to be posted February 20) The actions taken during the 2020 Florida Legislative Session will have significant public policy impacts for planning, conservation, transportation, community design and other issues of concern to many Floridians with myriad impacts for concerned citizens, professionals, local elected officials and others. 1000 Friends President Paul Owens, Policy & Planning Director Jane West, and Board Member Emeritus and Past Chairman Lester Abberger will discuss key growth management, design, conservation and related bills including budget recommendations that are being considered during the 2020 Florida Legislative Session and other legislation that may surface as the session progresses.
Advancing Nature-Based Solutions for Hazard Mitigation
Open space, wetlands, sand dunes, reefs, permeable pavement, and bioretention features are increasingly being used to mitigate the impacts of natural hazards, while also providing multiple community benefits. FEMA has begun to recognize the value of investing in healthy landscapes for mitigating the impacts of floods, wildfires, and droughts. Presenters discuss work supporting FEMA on the economics behind their 2013 and 2016 policies, how land trust and agency partners can access these funds, and recent studies on the environmental and economic flood risk reduction benefits of Florida’s mangroves, coral reefs, and other natural features that support coastal resilience.
2020 Florida Legislative Preview
The actions taken during the 2020 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 Board Member Emeritus and Past Chairman Lester Abberger, discuss key bills and budget recommendations that are up for consideration during the 2020 Florida Legislative Session and other legislation that may surface as the session progresses.
Covering All the Bases: Effective Engagement in the M-CORES Process
SB 7068 was signed into law in 2019, authorizing the construction of three new tolled roadways through close to 350 miles of some of Florida’s best natural and agricultural lands. In this webinar, presenters provide an overview of M-CORES and transportation planning in Florida, as well as shortcomings in the M-CORES process and strategies for effective engagement.
Outside: Sustainable Landscape Collaborative Webinar
Why is it important for local governments and the State of Florida to focus resources on the adoption of sustainable landscapes? What are some of the next steps for moving local governments and the State forward towards the adoption of sustainable landscape policies and principles? A panel addresses these questions and more from the industry, academic and landscape architecture perspectives to help lay the foundation for meaningful change.
2019 Florida Legislative Wrap Up
1000 Friends President Paul Owens, Policy and Planning Director Thomas Hawkins, and Board Member Emeritus and Past Chairman Lester Abberger discuss key growth management, design, conservation and related issues including budget items and legislation that passed and failed and how this legislation could impact state and local governance and planning in Florida.
M-CORES (The Heartland and Suncoast Expressways): Policy and Planning Implications for Florida’s Future
SB 7068 was passed during the 2019 Legislative Session and signed into law. It created M-CORES, or the “multi-use corridors of regional economic significance program” to be implemented by the Florida Department of Transportation. Conducted prior to the passage of the legislation, this webinar focuses on SB 7068’s implications for state transportation policy, regional planning, and land and habitat conservation.
2019 Florida Legislative Update
1000 Friends President Paul Owens, Policy and Planning Director Thomas Hawkins, and Board Member Emeritus and Past Chairman Lester Abberger discuss key growth management, design, conservation and related bills including budget recommendations that were considered during the 2019 Florida Legislative Session.
Planning for Community Resilience & Preservation
The nation’s oldest continuously occupied European city, St. Augustine is characterized by a built environment of iconic historic landmarks, districts and neighborhoods of national and international significance. With its low-lying coastal location and most of the city located in a flood zone, St. Augustine and its many resources are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of coastal flooding from sea level rise and natural disasters. Learn about the City’s multifaceted approach to coastal resilience in a community with a population of less than 15,000 people.
2019 Florida Legislative Preview
1000 Friends President Paul Owens, Policy and Planning Director Thomas Hawkins, and Board Member Emeritus and Past Chairman Lester Abberger discuss key growth management, design, conservation and related bills including budget recommendations that were anticipated during the 2019 session.
Recycle Right to Meet Industry Challenges
Florida has made great strides in increasing its recycling rates but shrinking global markets for recycling materials and increased “contamination” or non-recyclables in the stream are presenting daunting challenges for the industry. Join Karen Moore, Recycling Manager for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection; Dawn McCormick, Chair of the Florida Recycling Partnership and Waste Management Director of Communications; and Travis S. Barnes, MPA, LEED AP, the Recycling Coordinator for Hillsborough County, as they discuss these challenges and cost implications for Florida’s counties, cities and businesses.
Sustainable Landscaping Principles and Practices
This explores best practices, trends and market opportunities for sustainable landscaping in Florida to minimize environmental degradation and make more efficient use of energy, water and other natural resources. Case studies provide a framework for how to promote sustainable landscaping on large scale commercial projects working with multiple stakeholders through conceptual planning through implementation and long term maintenance. The instructors are Pierce Jones, Ph.D., the University of Florida Extension Program Leader for Energy Programs, and Timothee Sallin, president of Cherrylake, an integrated landscape company.
Trouble in Paradise
With leadership from the late Nathaniel Pryor Reed, 1000 Friends of Florida, Apalachicola Riverkeeper, Defenders of Wildlife, Florida Defenders of the Environment, Florida Springs Council, Florida Springs Institute, Florida Wildlife Corridor, Florida Wildlife Federation and League of Women Voters of Florida have released Trouble in Paradise. This report shares with Florida elected officials and candidates for office six key environmental issues facing our state and overarching strategies to address them. We hope you will read this report, view the broadcast and take action to make a difference.
Urban Tree Selection for Sustainability
What role can local governments and property owners play in promoting healthy ecosystems within urban environments? Timothee Sallin discusses the importance of maintaining existing and selecting new sustainable vegetation for Florida communities with an emphasis on the role of local governments. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of 1000 Friends of Florida, Timothee is President of Cherrylake, a vertically integrated landscape and irrigation construction and maintenance services firm.
Implementing Complete Streets in Florida
DeWayne Carver, AICP, the Florida Department of Transportation State Complete Streets Program Manager, and Billy L. Hattaway, P.E., Director of the City of Orlando’s Transportation Department, provide an informative update on Florida’s Complete Streets Program and strategies for local implementation. Also, check out Smart Growth America’s The Best Complete Streets Initiatives of 2017 report which highlights 12 communities and projects, including FDOT’s Design Manual and Bonita Springs’ Downtown Improvement Projects.
2018 Florida Legislative Wrap Up
1000 Friends Policy and Planning Director Thomas Hawkins, Board Member Emeritus Lester Abberger, and The Nature Conservancy’s Janet Bowman discuss key growth management, environmental and related bills and budgeting that passed and failed during the 2018 Legislative Session and how this impacts state and local governance and planning in Florida.
Planning for Community Resiliency in Satellite Beach: Stormwater Infrastructure and LDRs
City of Satellite Beach City Manager Courtney Barker, AICP, discusses resilience-related plans and studies conducted over the years. Stetson University Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, Jason M. Evans, Ph.D., focuses on his current study on the impacts of sea level rise on the City’s stormwater infrastructure along with mitigation measures. Rochelle Lawandales, AICP, former Owner/President of Lawandales Planning Affiliates, Inc. covers the city’s initiative to integrate sustainability measures into the City’s land development regulations.
Planning for Community Resiliency in Satellite Beach: Stormwater Infrastructure and LDRs
Located on a barrier island near the Kennedy Space Center, the City of Satellite Beach is in the crosshairs of sea level rise. Despite its relatively small population of 10,000 residents, Satellite Beach is a state leader in community resilience planning. This webinar covers how the city marshaled support and funding to address resilience. Dr. Ken Lindeman discusses use of science-based information to sustain support. Coastal planning specialist Thomas Ruppert shares how Florida Sea Grant has helped to guide this effort through the years. The East Central Florida Regional Planning Council’s Director of Planning and Community Development Tara McCue discusses the role of the Regional Planning Council in supporting and facilitating this initiative.
2018 Florida Legislative Preview
This webinar featured 1000 Friends Policy and Planning Director Thomas Hawkins, and Board Member Emeritus Lester Abberger and FCC Administrator Gladys Delgadillo discussing key community planning and conservation bills up that were up for consideration in January 2018.
Responding to Irma: Planning Strategies to Promote Resiliency in Florida’s Communities
Hurricane Irma provided a major wake-up call for the need for Florida communities to better incorporate resiliency measures into their local planning process to address impacts from major storm events and sea level rise. This webinar provides information on cutting edge strategies being used effectively around the state of Florida to promote greater community resiliency, including comprehensive planning, legal, policy and other measures being incorporated into local planning processes around the state, Monroe County’s new purchase of development rights program as it relates to the county’s Rate of Growth Ordinance (ROGO) to protect critical areas from over-development, and Pinellas County’s initiatives to prepare for sea level rise, including its vulnerability assessment and adaptation strategies.
Implementing Florida 2070: Successful Local Conservation Ballot Measures in Florida
Representatives of the Trust for Public Land share proven strategies to assist Florida communities with the design and passage of local ballot measures to generate new public funds for parks and land conservation. The TPL Conservation Finance program has helped pass 26 local ballot measures in Florida, creating over $1 billion in new funding for conservation. The goal is to share how local governments and community groups in Florida can help fund the conservation of important local and regional natural lands to support Florida’s greenways and trails networks, the Florida Wildlife Corridor, and other park and conservation initiatives.
Character Towns: Positioning Small Cities and Towns for the New Economy
Orlando LEED-certified planner and author Bill Kercher shares his observations on what makes a “character town” – a small city or town with friendly and inviting neighborhoods and an engaging business community both of which support a sociable and civil society; a society that is proud of its home town, protective of its heritage and committed to its well-being. Using Florida communities as examples, Kercher discusses essential attributes of character towns and provide action strategies to transform Florida’s cities into livable and economically vibrant communities of the 21st century.
Florida Forever Advocacy: A Game Plan for 2018
Senator Bob Graham and others discuss strategies to secure Florida Forever funding in 2018. Leading organizations in Florida’s environmental community are developing a game plan to advocate for Florida Forever funding in the manner intended in 2014. Speakers share strategies for Florida’s environmental groups and concerned citizens to support full funding for Florida Forever in 2018. Find out how you can be part of the team.
2017 Florida Legislative Wrap Up
1000 Friends President Ryan Smart, Policy and Planning Director Thomas Hawkins, and Board Member Emeritus Lester Abberger discuss key growth management, environmental and related bills and budgeting that passed and failed during the 2017 Legislative Session and how this impacts state and local governance and planning in Florida.
Dangerous by Design: A Challenge for Change
Those in state, county and city government or the private sector, whether in engineering, planning, land development, regulation, education, law enforcement or any other capacity need to work collaboratively to solve the problems highlighted by the report “Dangerous by Design.” Eight of the top 10 regions in the country are in the State of Florida. On top of the challenges concerning pedestrian and bicycle safety, fatalities from traffic crashes have gone up 23% in the last two years, from 2,494 to 3,057 fatalities from 2014-2016. This problem needs statewide attention to be solved. Please help identify the challenge and what can be done about it.
2017 Florida Legislative Update
1000 Friends President Ryan Smart, Policy and Planning Director Thomas Hawkins, and Board Member Emeritus Lester Abberger discuss key community planning and conservation bills that were considered during the 2017 legislative session, and how they could impact state and local governance in Florida.
Implementing Water 2070: Water Conservation Planning for Florida Communities
As Water 2070 confirms, significant water conservation measures are essential to lessen development-related water demand in Florida over the coming decades. Dr. Pierce Jones, Director of the University of Florida’s Program for Resource Efficient Communities, discusses water conservation planning for Florida’s communities based on studies on behalf of the Toho Water Authority, Envision Alachua (Plum Creek), and other local governments, developers, and water authorities. Dr. Nick Taylor, UF/IFAS State Specialized Agent, follows up with a discussion of residential irrigation water trends based on utility billing records from several regions of Florida.
2017 Florida Legislative Preview
1000 Friends President Ryan Smart, Policy and Planning Director Thomas Hawkins, and Board Member Emeritus Lester Abberger discuss key community planning and conservation bills that were up for consideration during the 2017 legislative session, and how they could impact state and local governance in Florida.
Lake Pickett North: A Citizen Advocacy Success Story
The Orange County Board of County Commissioners voted on November 15, 2016, to deny a massive proposed development outside of the Urban Services Area, providing a major victory both for the environment and for the citizen advocates who led the charge. 1000 Friends of Florida Policy and Planning Director Thomas Hawkins provides an overview of the Lake Pickett project, Kelly Semrad of Save Orange County discusses the community organizing behind the victory, while Orange County Commissioner-Elect Emily Bonilla covers how widespread opposition to the proposal led to political change. Seminole County Commissioner Lee Constantine addresses the challenges of intergovernmental coordination in the post-DRI era.
One of the biggest issues facing Florida is the availability of a sufficient supply of clean water to meet the ever-increasing needs of people, agriculture and the environment. Florida’s growing population makes the historic competition between these users even more intense. Building on the recently released and updated Florida 2070, a compelling map series shows Florida’s current and projected water demand on statewide and regional levels as population increases. Panelists from the University of Florida’s GeoPlan Center, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and 1000 Friends of Florida discuss findings and strategies to reduce water demand for a more sustainable future.
What will Florida look like in 2070? Moderate projections indicate that Florida’s population will reach approximately 33.7 million residents, close to 15 million more than in 2010. What happens if Florida continues to develop as it has in the past, with development sprawling into rural and agricultural lands? What will our state look like if we chose more compact development patterns closer to existing development, and protect more natural lands? Representatives of the University of Florida’s Geoplan Center, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and 1000 Friends of Florida provide an overview of Florida 2070 and its implications for our state.
Ethics in Leadership Development for the Planner
Susan L. Trevarthen, Esq., FAICP, and Brian D. Teeple, AICP, cover the ethics requirements of the American Institute of Certified planners and how these interface with Florida’s ethics laws. Special emphasis is placed on ethics as it relates to leadership and common ethics traps.
Speak Up: Environmental Advocacy with Gov. Bob Graham
Sponsored by the Dr. John M. DeGrove Eminent Scholar Chair, Florida Atlantic University. Governor Bob Graham, along with former chief of staff to the mayor of Jacksonville Chris Hand, and 1000 Friends of Florida President Ryan Smart, discuss techniques to upgrade the quality and impact of your advocacy to become a more effective champion for Florida’s natural resources. Governor Graham and Chris Hand are co-authors of America, the Owner’s Manual, which provides guidance on how to improve outcomes with government. Floridians concerned about the deterioration of the physical environment and the negative impact on our quality of life need to speak directly and frankly to our elected leaders about doing a better job protecting Florida’s most important economic, environmental, and cultural assets.
2016 Florida Legislative Wrap Up
1000 Friends President Ryan Smart, Policy Director Charles Pattison, FAICP, and former Chairman and Board Member Emeritus Lester Abberger discuss key community planning and conservation bills that passed and failed during the 2016 legislative session, and how they could impact state and local governance in Florida.
Complete Streets Implementation in Florida
Florida Department of Transportation’s District One Secretary Billy Hattaway and FDOT State Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator DeWayne Carver discuss FDOT’s Complete Streets Policy and the Complete Streets Implementation Plan, prepared by FDOT and Smart Growth America and released in December 2015. The goal of the policy and plan is to provide safer, context-sensitive roads by putting “the right street in the right place.” The webinar focuses on strategies FDOT is undertaking to integrate complete streets policies into manuals, policies and other documents, update the decision-making process, modifying approaches to performance measures and conducting ongoing education and training.
2016 Florida Legislative Preview
1000 Friends President Ryan Smart, Policy Director Charles Pattison, FAICP, and Board Member Emeritus Lester Abberger discuss key community planning and conservation bills that were considered during the 2016 legislative session, and how they could impact state and local governance in Florida.
The Economics of Downtown Revitalization in Florida
Downtown revitalization is an integral component of smart and sustainable development. Experts share information on the economic impact downtown revitalization has on Florida’s communities and the state and how to get the biggest bang for your buck. Speakers include PlaceEconomics expert Donovan Rypkema who discusses the results of his national and Florida studies on the economic impacts of Main Street, Fort Pierce Main Street Manager Doris Tillman who provides a case study on that community’s economic successes over the last twenty-five years, and Florida Redevelopment Association Executive Director Carol Westmoreland who discusses CRAs and Florida success stories. Also check out the FRA handout.
Sprawl Repair for Florida’s Communities
DPZ Partners’ Galina Tachieva and Codina Partners’ Ana-Marie Codina Barlick discuss how form-based codes and other planning and design tools can help Florida communities repurpose and revitalize their most auto-dependent zones into walkable and vibrant mixed-use nodes.
Citizens Organizing for Positive Community Change
This webinar focuses on how thoughtful citizens in Florida can organize for positive community change. Using case studies, speakers share effective strategies to mobilize citizens, build coalitions, work with the media, persuade elected officials, raise funds, and more. Presenters include Keep It Rural’s Pamela Hall, Tropical Audubon Executive Director Laura Reynolds, and Sierra Club Senior Organizing Representative Cris Costello. Other materials include information on conducting a successful press event by the Sierra Club’s Cris Costello — view a brief overview, see a sample press advisory, see a sample press release, view Cris’ PowerPoint. Also, check out Spitfire’s Smart Chart for developing your campaign.
Sign Regulation after Reed v. Town of Gilbert, AZ
The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert may make it more difficult for local governments to regulate signs in a content neutral manner under the First Amendment. City of Clearwater Council member Bill Jonson, a local elected official who has advocated successfully for many years for scenic values, including sign regulation, explains how communities are affected by signs and why local governments regulate signs. National legal experts on sign regulation, Susan L. Trevarthen, Esq., FAICP and William Brinton, Esq., provide a history of the facts and issues in Reed, examine the Supreme Court’s decision in Reed, including the three concurring opinions, and analyze the impact the Court’s decision will have on local governments, planners, and communities in Florida. Check out the essay by Diane Steinle, Beauty is Good for Business: How the City of Clearwater tackled its signage and won.
2015 Florida Legislative Wrap Up
1000 Friends President Ryan Smart, Policy Director Charles Pattison, FAICP and Board Member Emeritus Lester Abberger discuss key community planning and conservation bills that passed and failed during the 2015 Florida legislative session, what will be covered during the June special session, and how legislative changes impact state and local governance and planning in Florida.
Florida’s Community Planning Process and Meaningful Citizen Participation
1000 Friends of Florida Policy Director Charles Pattison, FAICP, provides detailed information on local comprehensive plans, elements and future land use maps, the state review process, citizen participation requirements and other Florida-specific planning issues. Long-time environmental advocate Pegeen Hanrahan focuses on promoting meaningful citizen involvement in the local planning process from her perspectives as a former City of Gainesville Mayor and Commissioner and citizen advocate.
2015 Florida Legislative Update
1000 Friends President Ryan Smart, Policy Director Charles Pattison, FAICP and Board Member Emeritus Lester Abberger discuss key community planning and conservation bills that were considered during the 2015 Florida legislative session.
Victor Dover on Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns
Coauthor of the landmark Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns and principal and cofounder of Dover, Kohl & Partners, Victor Dover, FAICP covers design, planning and legal strategies to promote livable and walkable communities in Florida. Mr. Dover shares case studies and photos of streets old and new, showcasing what works and what doesn’t, and reveals the secrets to designing beautiful, charming streets and walkable places where people want to be.
Planning for Sea Level Rise: Legal Issues Facing Florida
Three of the state’s leading experts on the legal ramifications of sea level rise and climate change in Florida identify potential challenges and appropriate local government responses. Florida Sea Grant Coastal Planning Specialist Thomas Ruppert covers potential legal and financial liabilities related to permitting and infrastructure, and the benefits of notice provisions. Nova Environmental and Land Use Law Clinic Director Richard Grosso focuses on the use of legal tools available through Florida planning authority to avoid liabilities. Erin L. Deady of Erin Deady, P.A. shares strategies currently being planned and implemented in South Florida communities to address some of these issues.