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  • November 03, 2014 4:55 PM | Anonymous

    We are happy to announce the public workshops to be held in October 2014 in each of the water managment districts.  See below for a list of workshop dates and cities to find one near you.

    • Wednesday, October 8, 1 PM, Live Oak (SRWMD/DEP)
    • Thursday, November 13, 1 PM, Palatka (SJRWMD/DEP)
    • Monday, October 20, 1 PM, West Palm Beach (SFWMD/DEP)
    • Monday, October 27, 1 PM (CST)/2 PM (EST), Panama City (NWFWMD/DEP)
    • Wednesday, October 29, 10 AM, Brooksville (SWFWMD/DEP)

    Please visit our SB 536 Study web page at for more details, including workshop locations.  These workshop meetings are open to the public and were noticed in the August 25, 2014, Florida Administrative Register.

    Thank you,

    SB536 Study Team

  • October 20, 2014 5:57 PM | Anonymous

    Please make every effort to attend the meeting on November 6 at 5:30 PM. We have to make some serious decisions and I want everyone involved. I have to limit the meeting to 1-hour so please get there on time!

    We have reached a critical time in the history of FOLA involvement in the restoration of Lake Apopka. We organized in 1990, incorporated in 1991 and since that time we have been instrumental in moving the process along. We spent a lot of time with key legislators who eventually got the process started, appropriated money to buy the farms (more than 100 million dollars), got public involvement and spent many years advocating for a scientific approach to the process.

    We still have issues that could compromise the restoration: projects like the proposed airports that could scuttle the bird migration, attempts by other organizations and agencies to grow hydrilla for fish habitat, remove the dikes that would flood the marshes, new projects that will prevent restoration of parts of the basin (chemical treatment project in the only plot we could restore as a Wet Prairie ecosystem), proposals on the north shore that would be counter-productive in the nutrient removal process, competition for opening the floodgates to provide more water downstream, etc., etc., It has been a long, hard struggle but we have had help from many sources and relied a great deal on the SJRWMD staff who have done their best on this massive project, unprecedented in magnitude of pollution and size.

    We are now seeing some potential to boost the restoration process and even to start initiating projects that will provide eco-tourism that will expand as the restoration of the Apopka basin continues.

    Now, FOLA must make major decisions about our continued involvement. I have been asked to have us play a major role in this process. We cannot agree until we know we are able to step up to it. We have our next board meeting on Thursday, November 6 at 5:30 P.M. at the Oakland Nature Preserve where we will determine whether we will take on a major role. This is particularly important to me but I cannot commit until I have the consensus of the board. Please make every effort to be there to hear the details.

    A number of people who are “advisors” also receive these notices. I urge you to try to attend this board meeting to give us your input. This is a very important step which I hope we can do, but I am not willing to proceed until I know we can do it!

    Jim Thomas
    FOLA President 

  • October 06, 2014 5:14 PM | Anonymous

    Amendment 1 gives Florida voters a direct opportunity to keep drinking water clean, protect our rivers, lakes, and springs, restore natural treasures like the Everglades, and protect our beaches and shores.

    Amendment 1 is our best opportunity to address threats to our water quality and keep pollution out of our waters—without any increase in taxes.

    Floridians understand the value of clean and abundant water for people and wildlife, and they cherish the natural areas that make Florida special. That’s why Amendment 1 would ensure that these values have a place in our state’s constitution.

    To learn why FOLA believes you should care about this important choice, visit VoteYesOn1. FOLA's endorsement is in process.

  • September 08, 2014 5:15 PM | Anonymous

     Two parcels of land in the Northeast corner of the North Shore area that were not included in the original plan have recently been offered for sale by St Johns River Water management District. See offer...
    FOLA has told the SJRWMD that we are interested in whether these parcels can be included in our ecotourism planning.

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