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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. 

DRAFT - 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,
Ecoconcrete
·         A New Approach to Habitat Restoration Master Planning: Doug Robison, ESA

4:00 pm – 5:15 pm               Field Trip - Walking Tour of Historic Downtown St. Augustine

 Thursday, August 1st

9:00 am – 10:15 am             Estuary Programs and Implementation Update

·         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 

11:50 pm – 1:00 pm             Keynote Luncheon – Henry Dean
                                             Awards Presentations 

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm               2019 Legislative Session Update
This panel will educate attendees on key legislative proposals 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.

2:15 pm – 2:35 pm               BREAK

2:35 pm – 3:35 pm               Innovative Technologies and Strategies for Red Tide

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

3:35 pm – 5:05 pm               Partnerships in Land Conservation and Management
·         Tammy Odierna, Pasco County (Moderator)
·         Florida Conservation Planning Atlas: Sarah Sharkey, FWC
·         Miami-Dade County Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) covenant program: Christina Stocking, Biologist II
·         Charlotte County: Tina Powell Parks and Natural Resources Manager
·         Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMAs): Emily Bell, Florida Invasive Species Partnership Coordinator (UF/IFAS)
·         Utilizing Public Private Partnerships to further Land Acquisition Goals: Beth Jackson, Orange County Environmental Program Supervisor

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!