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2022 Webinars

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.

2021 Webinars

2022 Florida Legislative Preview

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

Preempting Local Government Authority in Florida

1000 Friends of Florida Policy & Planning Director Jane West, Florida League of Cities Deputy General Counsel Rebecca O’Hara, and Florida Association of Counties Executive Director Ginger Delegal discussed the impacts of inappropriate preemption and the need for more proactive advocacy to counter the problem.

State Initiatives for Community Resilience in Florida

Florida’s communities are facing increasing need to address sea level rise, intensified storms, flooding and other impacts of climate change in their planning processes. In this webinar, Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Resilient Florida Program Planning Section Leader, Whitney Gray, shared DEP’s work to implement the Sea Level Impact Projection (SLIP) studies and Resilient Florida programs. Florida Department of Transportation’s Jennifer Carver, AICP, and Mary Jane Hayden, P.E., presented FDOT’s resiliency policy, current efforts to address resiliency within the department, including some recent project-specific examples. Melissa Coleman Corbett, CFM, of the Department of Economic Opportunity covered DEO’s efforts related to addressing the Peril of Flood statutory requirements and the agency’s Community Planning Technical Assistance Grants.

Developing a Property Rights Element for Your Community

1000 Friends Policy & Planning Director Jane West and University of Florida Master of Urban and Regional Planning Online Program Director Thomas Hawkins shared 1000 Friends of Florida’s model property rights ordinance and its provisions. 1000 Friends of Florida Outreach Director Haley Busch provided an overview of strategies to encourage robust citizen participation in the adoption of this element and the overall planning process. See 1000 Friends’ Model Property Rights Element

2021 Florida Legislative Wrap Up

1000 Friends President Paul Owens, Policy and Planning Director Jane West, Outreach Director Haley Busch, and Board Member Emeritus and Past Chairman Lester Abberger discuss key growth management, design, conservation and related bills including budget recommendations that passed and failed during the 2021 Florida Legislative Session, and implications for state and local governance and planning in Florida.

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

Residential landscape irrigation is becoming Florida’s single biggest user of potable water. In certain situations, developers have successfully reduced the number and extent of irrigation systems in their projects. This presentation reviews examples and considers how to facilitate a more widespread shift in Florida’s residential landscaping paradigm by reevaluating financial implications, focusing on soils management, and redeveloping our plant pallet. Presenters include Cherrylake President Timothee Sallin, and Pierce Jones and Nick Taylor of the University of Florida’s Program for Resource Efficient Communities share Florida case studies and explore options for promoting greater sustainability in residential landscaping.

2021 Florida Legislative Update 

The 2021 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, Outreach Director Haley Busch, and Board Member Emeritus and Past Chairman Lester Abberger discuss key bills and budget recommendations under consideration.

The Economics of Development in Florida, Part II

In a follow up to his popular 2020 webinar for 1000 Friends of Florida, Joe Minicozzi, AICP, provides a refresher on assessing the economic impacts of development and sprawl, including the associated costs and ability of local governments (and taxpayers) to foot the bill. He also covers new topics including Transit Oriented Development, tax policy and more. Drawing on data from communities in Florida and beyond, Joe demonstrate how to understand the impact of development on a community’s 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. He is the founder and principal of Urban3, a real estate economics firm that maps the financial health of built environments to inspire communities of all sizes to think differently about development, land use, and public policy.

2021 Florida Legislative Preview

The 2021 Florida Legislative Session, slated to start March 2, 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, Outreach Director Haley Busch, and Board Member Emeritus and Past Chairman Lester Abberger discuss key bills and budget recommendations likely to be considered.

Previous Years

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2018
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2017
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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
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
2016
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2015
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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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