The 2013 Florida Local Environmental Resource Agencies (FLERA) annual conference held at the Embassy Suites Orlando concluded on Friday, October 25.
FLERA represents local government environmental agencies in the State of Florida.
The mission of the non-profit organization is to support local government agencies to protect the local environment because the citizens of Florida deserve and expect responsive and reliable local government programs, according to Anthony D’Aquila, Executive Director of FLERA.
Over 70 attended the conference. “Everyone was happy with the new conference structure by allowing our technical committees an opportunity to meet and brainstorm about their goals and objectives for the upcoming year,” said Michelle Leigh, FLERA President.
Leigh explained that information was gathered during the conference that will help shape FLERA's legislative policy for 2014 which will be created and finalized at the next Board meeting on November 21st. “We will then use the policy Statement to brief our respective Local Legislative Delegations,” said Rick Tschantz, FLERA past President.
State Representative Linda Stewart, (District 47 Orlando) gave the opening address. “The FLERA organization is in a great position to educate the legislators on key environmental issues that will impact Florida,” she said. “It is also a good idea for citizens to write and email the local elected Senators and House members on issues which they wish to address."
FLERA awarded Florida State Representative Mark S. Pafford with the Elected Official’s Annual Environmental Award for Excellence and Vincent A. Seibold, PE, MBA the Rick Wilkins Award for Environmental Excellence.
The membership of FLERA wishes to thank meeting sponsors Atkins, CBI, PSI, GES, OUC, Jones Edmunds, Mosaic, FANN, and Florida Center CD+R.
To learn more about FLERA, visit their website.