September Meeting Minutes

September 12, 2016 10:22 AM | Anonymous

Friends of Lake Apopka

Monthly Board Meeting

September 8, 2016

  • 1.   5:40 P.M.  Call to Order – Oakland Nature Preserve
  • ·        Board member roll call
  •                                          i.    Present: Joe Dunn, Taressa George, Phoebe Gonsalves, Glenn Burns, Theo Graham, Kathy Rigling (for Deborah Green), Tim Bachmeyer, Jim Peterson (Science Adviser)
  •                                         ii.    Absent: Frank Merritt, Rachel Comstock, Dennis Jones, Dennis Refro, Jim Hawley, Tom Johnson, Rick Polland, Eric Sochocki
  • ·        Attendee introductions

Present: Drew Shatzer, Blake Shatzer, Mary Oakes, Mike Conti,

John Davis

  • 2.   Treasurer’s Report

Current balance is $8,532.60.  We had a deposit of $384.37.

The 2 bikes for Oakland Heritage Festival raffle cost us $631.90. 

  • 3.   Old Business:
  • ·        Acquisition of Hull Island – Jim Peterson

Because the owner of the Hull Island property (on advice of counsel) would not sign a “willing seller” letter, the completed grant for the purchase of Hull Island was not submitted. The grant application is ready if the sale to a developer falls through. The development still has to be approved by the Town of Oakland.

  • ·        Update: Archive Project – Joshua King

Joshua began this project to archive and organize more than 20 years of historical articles/papers/etc. in the summer of 2015. He completed scanning the majority of the 830 documents in October of last year, and since then, he has been working exclusively on metadata entries. Joshua graduated from UCF this year, but the university has agreed to allow him to continue using their facilities for this project. FOLA intends to send a thank you note to the university. Joshua expects to complete the project in July 2017.

  • 4.   New Business
  • o   Meeting date change to 2nd Thursday of the month
  • §  Board needs: Lake County, Science, Legislative, Media
  • ·        A Science Committeee needs to be formed to create a draft position for the FOLA Board on:
  • o   MFL (SJRWMD is in the process of formulating their proposed metrics, which includes public meetings this Fall. The District agreed to have meetings with FOLA on specific issues.
  • o   Continued reduction of Phosphorus in the LAKE
  • o   Continued harvest of Gizzard Shad
  • o   Spend plan for $5M/year restoration funds
  • o   Increasing Submerged Aquatic Vegatation
  • o   Specific technology pilot projects
  • ·        FOLA reiterated it’s intent to SJRWMD to continue to have open discussions and a respectful dialogue
  • §  Jim Thomas update
  • ·        Jim is expecting to go home from the rehab facility in 1-2 weeks. He sends his warmest regards and gratitude for all of the hardwork FOLA continues to do.
  • o   Oakland Heritage Festival (10/22) – Taressa George

ONP/FOLA will have a shared booth at the Heritage Festival and will raffle two bicycles (thank you WheelWorks) and a kayak. Tickets are $1 each or 6 tickets for $5.

  • o   Update: Newton Park waterfront trash
  • §  Sean Lowry; Lake Apopka Kayaking Club

Approximately 10 people have signed up for the ONP Blue Hike at 8:30am on Saturday, September 10th. The City of Winter Garden Parks Dept. will collect our trash bags and dispose of the waterborne rubbish.

  • o   Update: Habitat Restoration Project, North Shore
  • §  Drew Shatzer: Project Leader

Next volunteer day is Saturday, September 17th @ Biosphere 9am-1pm.  Drew is also planning a weekday evening session after the planting day (between Sept 20th-22nd) around 4pm.        

  • o   Organization of Public Meeting – Joe Dunn
  • §  “State of the Lake” presentation- need Powerpoint expert

Consensus of the group was to schedule the 3 public meetings (Winter Garden, Apopka, Lake County) in January 2017

to start the year fresh and not compete with the Holidays.

We will send out a broadcast email to FOLA members asking for a graphic artist/PowerPoint expert to help with the presentation

SJRWMD has given us permission to use the “psychedelic aningha” artwork for a new FOLA t-shirt.

  • o   Next month: Draft By-laws & Paul Faircloth (eco-tourism)

Consensus of the group was to review the draft by-laws by email and then, if necessary, have a Board-only meeting to discuss contentious issues (if any). It was also suggested that we get a legal review of the “final draft” of the by-laws.

Our October FOLA Board meeting will focus on Eco-tourism and especially the proposed developments at Magnolia Park. There was a vocal concern about airboats and seaplanes on the lake. An alternative of camouflaged pontoon boats was suggested as a more eco-friendly alternative. Paul Faircloth has requested an opportunity to present to the FOLA Board and Commissioner Bryan Nelson has been invited to address the Board at our October 13th meeting.  Once we have more detailed information, we will have a Board-only meeting to establish FOLA’s position on the Eco-tourim plans.

  • o   Other new business
  • §  3 minute rule

Board members requested access to the FOLA membership database

Board members were asked to provide a brief bio and photo for the FOLA website & Facebook page to FOLA Secretary Rachel Comstock ( or

by September 22nd.

Phoebe Gonsalves & Taressa George agreed to collaborate on a social media approach for FOLA

Drew Shatzer agreed to coordinate the volunteer schedule for this years festivals (Oakland Heritage Festival & Winter Garden Music Fest)

Jim Peterson agreed to update and streamline the historic timeline on the FOLA website

It was suggested that FOLA consider extending some new membership benefits as an incentive to attract new members

  • 5.    Adjourn 7:00 pm

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