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This year’s Annual Conference centers around public-private partnerships and how they utilize innovative finance and project management techniques to stretch limited resources for infrastructure as well as how they help local governments find solutions for resiliency and natural resource preservation and management. 

The 2019 FLERA Annual Conference will be held at the Embassy Suites St. Augustine Beach Oceanfront Resort in St. Johns County July 31 – August 2, 2019. We hope you will join us and share your experience and expertise with fellow resource managers from around the state of Florida. The preliminary agenda is below or you can click here to download. You can also register online or contact the FLERA office at (850) 701-4797. 

2019 Annual Conference Agenda

Wednesday, July 31st

9:00 am – 11:00 am             FLERA Board of Directors
11:00 am – 12:30 pm           LUNCH (On Your Own)
12:30 pm – 12:45 pm           Opening Remarks: Lisa Foster, 2018-19 President
12:45 pm – 1:15 pm             Annual Business Meeting
Officer and Board of Directors Elections
­    Membership Vote on Bylaws Amendments

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm               Building Resiliency through Partnerships
This panel features speakers from the State and the City of St. Augustine and will provide an overview of planning and grant coordination and partnerships for successful implementation of projects to improve resiliency. The St Augustine Seawall project will be highlighted. 

·         Mitigation Grants – How they work: Luz Bossanyi, FDEM
·         St Augustine Seawall – From idea to the LMS to implementation: Jessica Beach, St. Augustine
·         St Augustine Seawall Historical Aspects: Jennifer Wolfe, St Augustine
·         Legal Aspect of Funding: Isabelle Lopez, St Augustine 

2:15 pm – 2:35 pm               BREAK

2:35 pm – 3:35 pm               Pioneering Mitigation, Recovery and Habitat Restoration Strategies 
This panel features speakers from the public and private sectors and will highlight several projects centered on mitigation with environmental restoration influence. 

·         St Augustine projects: Jessica Beach, St Augustine
·         Ecological Enhancement of Urban Waterfronts & Coastal Infrastructure: John Luetzow,
·         A New Approach to Habitat Restoration Master Planning: Doug Robison, ESA

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm               Choice of Two Field Trips

·         Walking Tour of Historic Downtown St. Augustine
·         Tour of Adaptation and Resiliency Projects of St. Augustine

 Thursday, August 1st

9:00 am – 10:15 am             Estuary Programs and Implementation Update
This panel will focus on the role of public/private partnerships in the implementation of the three Panhandle EPs and the Tampa Bay NEP will speak about their Nutrient Council and the role that entity has had in improving Tampa Bay’s water quality.

·         Darryl Boudreau, The Nature Conservancy (Moderator)
·         Matt Posner - Escambia County
·         Jim Trifilio - Okaloosa County
·         Jim Muller - Bay County
·         Maya Burke - Tampa Bay Estuary Program 

10:15 am – 10:35 am           BREAK 

10:35 am – 11:50 am           Innovative Nature Based Projects
This panel will focus on the role of private/public partnerships in the development and implementation of innovative stormwater and wastewater treatment wetlands and the economic impact of these projects. 

·         Autumn Calder, Blueprint 2000
·         Shane Williams, Alachua County
·         Hassan Hadjimiry, Palm Beach County 

11:50 pm – 1:00 pm             Keynote Luncheon – Henry Dean
Awards Presentations
The FLERA keynote speaker is St. Johns County Commissioner Henry Dean.Commissioner Dean was previously Executive Director at both St. Johns River and South Florida Water Management Districts.Over the course of his career, Commissioner Dean has participated in the development of Florida environmental law from many different perspectives.He will discuss the intersection of Florida's environmental regulations and its politics, and how local environmental programs can best position themselves for success in a changing world.

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm               2019 Legislative Session Update
This panel will educate speakers on key legislative proposals and passed and failed during the 2019 Legislative Session.  Topics will include policy and funding issues related to water supply and quality, biosolids, red tide, wetlands, land acquisition and conservation, transportation, coastal resiliency, and Springs and Everglades Restoration. 

·         Beth Alvi - Audubon Florida
·         Susan Harbin - Florida Association of Counties
·         Rebecca O'Hara - Florida League of Cities

2:15 pm – 2:35 pm               BREAK

2:35 pm – 3:35 pm               Innovative Technologies and Strategies for Red Tide
This panel features speakers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission-Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and Pinellas County Environmental Management. They will provide an overview of the 2017-2019 Karenia brevis bloom and highlight Pinellas County’s Red Tide response efforts.   

·         Michelle Monteclaro, Pinellas County
·         Kate Hubbard, Ph.D., FWC

3:35 pm – 5:05 pm               Partnerships in Land Conservation and Management
Five panelists from across the state of Florida will highlight the value of public- private partnerships that advance the preservation and management of Florida’s natural resources. Three of the panelist will highlight local government’s efforts to preserve their counties natural resources through the use of innovative acquisition programs such as the acceptance of lands from developers after they have used them to meet mitigation needs for other developments. These donation parcels are assisting Orange County in filling in gaps between existing publicly and privately conserved lands. In the case of Miami-Dade, they are utilizing the concept of covenants in order to preserve endangered lands and Charlotte County will highlight a partnership that assists with the management activities on Prairie Creek Preserve. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will feature the Florida Conservation Planning Atlas that entities can use to drive partnerships to meet their conservation goals and lastly the Florida Invasive Species Partnership Coordinator will provide an overview of cooperative invasive species management areas. Conference participants will be exposed to a variety of new innovative ideas that could be tailored to their program’s needs for the development of partnerships and tools that can assist with achieving their partnership goals. 

·         Tammy Odierna, Pasco County (Moderator)
·         Utilizing Public Private Partnerships to further Land Acquisition Goals: Beth Jackson, Orange County Environmental Program Supervisor
·         From Land Owner to Management Partner - Prairie Creek Preserve: Tina Powell, Charlotte County Parks and Natural Resources Division Manager
·         The Florida Invasive Species Partnership - Invasive Species Know No Boundaries, Do We? : Emily Bell, UF/IFAS Florida Invasive Species Partnership Coordinator
·         Florida Conservation Planning Atlas - How to Gain Value from the Partnership Driven Tools: Sarah Sharkey, FWC
·         Miami-Dade County’s Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Covenant Program: Christina Stocking, Miami-Dade County RMD Biologist II

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm               FLERA 2019 Annual Conference Reception

Friday, August 2nd
9:00 am – 10:15 am             Committee Meetings
10:15 am – 10:30 am           BREAK
10:30 am – 11:45 am           Committee Reports
11:45 am – 12:00 pm          Closing Remarks: Lisa Spadafina, 2019-20 FLERA President

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please visit our sponsorship page or contact Valerie Rogers in the FLERA office at (850) 701-4797.

our 2019 conference sponsors welcome you!