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July 31, 2015
District Governing Board to meet in Orlando Aug. 11
The St. Johns River Water Management District will hold the first in a series of off-site Governing Board meetings when the Board holds its monthly meeting in Orlando on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015.
The public meeting will be held at Orlando City Hall, Council Chambers, 2nd floor, 400 S. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32802.
While Board meetings are routinely held at District headquarters in Palatka, periodically holding an off-site meeting will allow Board members and staff to hear from elected officials and their staffs, and members of the public who might not otherwise be able to travel to Palatka for the monthly meeting.
“Part of being able to help find solutions for local water resource issues is to hear about them first-hand from the people who live in those communities,” says Ann Shortelle, District executive director. “We look forward to visiting Orlando and other areas of our District to speak with local officials and residents.”
Holding off-site meetings will allow Board members to be more accessible to the public and enhance transparency in District business. The Governing Board anticipates holding meetings at other locations throughout the 18-county District a few times throughout the year.
The Aug. 11 Board meeting schedule is as follows:
- Projects and Land Committee, 9 a.m.
- Finance, Administration and Audit Committee, 10 a.m. (or upon conclusion of the Projects and Land Committee, whichever is later)
- Regulatory Committee, 11 a.m. (or upon conclusion of the Finance, Administration and Audit Committee, whichever is later)
- Governing Board, 11:15 a.m. (or upon conclusion of the Regulatory Committee, whichever is later)
July 28, 2015
Comment period on CFWI planning documents extended to Aug. 17
The public comment period on the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) draft 2035 Water Resources Protection and Water Supply Strategies Plan (Solutions Plan) and minor changes to the draft 2015 Regional Water Supply Plan has been extended to Aug. 17, 2015. The time extension will provide additional opportunity for the public to review and comment on the documents. The two draft documents will set a path forward for meeting water supply needs in central Florida for the next 20 years.
CFWI is a collaborative effort among the St. Johns, South Florida and Southwest Florida water management districts, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, regional public water supply utilities and other stakeholders to develop a unified process to address central Florida’s current and long-term water supply needs. The CFWI planning area includes Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and southern Lake counties.
When finalized, the Solutions Plan will provide detailed information about water conservation; specific water supply project options and partnerships with water users; a financial assessment of the project options; and management and implementation strategies.
The draft plans are available at cfwiwater.com. Comments can be provided online or by mail and email. Details are available on the website. The comment period will close on Aug. 17, 2015.