To: FOLA BOD and Advisors
From: Jim Thomas
Re: FOLA Business
Our next board meeting will be Thursday, July 2 at 5:30 P.M. in the ONP Museum. Please make every effort to be there- we have many decisions to make about what to do next. We have lost momentum on our eco-tourism coalition and need to do some planning.
We need to schedule a number of activities so let’s be thinking about how we do it:
· Schedule another meeting of the coalition and get back to ecotourism plans. Apopka has proceeded with great plans for the areas closest to them.
· Schedule the bus tours of the north shore for members of this coalition, to map areas where our proposed projects could be built.
· Try to schedule a meeting with Dr. Ann Shortelle, the new Executive Director of SJRWMD to update her on who we are and what we want to do.
· Schedule a public update meeting to get more people interested and involved. Combine this with a membership drive.
· Do a newsletter to update the community on our plans.
· Start a series of newspaper articles about our ideas and progress.
· Proceed with an application for Hull Island acquisition.
· Keep the community educated about what is happening with the Amendment 1 issue. (I sit on the Florida Wildlife Federation board of directors and we have filed a lawsuit against the legislature.)
· Continue to press for a convenient boat ramp on the west side of the lake.
· Continue to monitor action by the Harris Chain Advisory Council in their quest to take out the dikes and flood the north shore.
· Continue to collect, verify and put in order any of our past correspondence or studies to be archived for future reference. We are up to the 1980’s and it is very interesting. Once we have completed most of it we will provide links to FOLA, ONP and History Center websites.
· Provide any help we can to Jim Hawley as he puts together more information on Minimum Flows and Levels study, one of the most important studies as we continue to push for more research and restorations.
· Continue to review proposed research programs in Lake Apopka. While we are not regulators and we are not research scientists we are frequently asked to approve or promote the projects.
As you can see, we have a lot to do and my energy levels are beginning to wane so I need help. We will discuss all of this on Thursday at the board meeting. Hope to see you there!