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Join 1000 Friends of Florida for monthly webinars on planning, development and growth issues facing Florida.

1000 Friends routinely seeks professional certification credits for planners (AICP CM), Florida attorneys (CLE), DBPR Landscape Architects, Certified Floodplain Managers and Florida Environmental Health Professionals but cannot guarantee that credits will be offered. All Webinars are Eastern Time.

Certification Maintenance Logo AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this activity [or many activities at this event]. When CM credits are available, they are noted at the end of an activity description. More information about AICP’s CM program can be found at www.planning.org/cm.

Florida 2020 Legislative Wrap Up

Wednesday, April 15, 2020, from noon to 1:30, Eastern   

The actions taken during the 2020 Florida Legislative Session will have significant public policy impacts for planning, conservation, transportation, community design and other issues of concern to many Floridians with myriad impacts for concerned citizens, professionals, local elected officials and others.  1000 Friends President Paul Owens, Policy and Planning Director Jane West, and Board Member Emeritus and Past Chairman Lester Abberger, will discuss key growth management, design, conservation and related bills including budget recommendations that passed and failed during the 2020 Florida Legislative Session.  There will be a discussion of how this legislation will impact state and local governance and planning in Florida. 

This event has been approved for professional certification credits for Planners (AICP CM LEGAL #9189014), Florida attorneys (CLE #1908623N), Florida Certified Floodplain Managers (1 CEC), Florida Certified Environmental Health Professionals, and Florida landscape architects (DBPR Course #0011809, Provider # PVD 151).

OUTSIDE 2020:  Sharing Perspectives

Friday, April 24, 2020, from noon to 1:30, Eastern   

To foster the conversation on promoting sustainable landscaping in Florida, 1000 Friends is pleased to continue to partner with OUTSIDE 2020.  This webinar builds on our OUTSIDE 2020 webinar held in 2019 to foster continued dialog in preparation for the OUTSIDE 2020 Collaborative workshop in Clermont which has been postponed until October 22-23, 2020.  

This webinar will focus on addressing a series of questions from the industry, academic and government perspectives to help lay the foundation for meaningful change:  How do you define sustainable landscapes and why are they important?  What are some of the successes that you have experienced in this field that you can share?   What are the main challenges and obstacles to the adoption of sustainable landscapes at a meaningful scale?  Why is it important for local governments and the State of Florida to focus resources on the adoption of sustainable landscapes?  What are some of the next steps for moving local governments and the State forward towards the adoption of sustainable landscape policies and principles? 

Presenters include Dr. Patrick Bohlen, Director of Landscape and Natural Resources (LNR) and Arboretum and Professor of Biology at the University of Central Florida, Levey Consulting Managing Director Richard Levey, and Lake County Florida District 2 Commissioner Sean Parks.

This event has been approved for professional certification credits for Planners (1.5 AICP CM #9198513), Certified Floodplain Managers and Florida Certified Environmental Health Professionals.  Due to current staffing and timeline issues with the professional certification divisions of the Florida Bar and Florida Landscape Architects (DBPR) it will not be possible to apply for credits for Florida attorneys or landscape architects.  We appreciate your understanding.

Understanding Land Use and Growth Management Planning in Florida

Wednesday, May 13, 2020, from noon to 1:30, Eastern   

Florida’s process of managing growth has evolved considerably over the years. This webinar will focus on the current process related to comprehensive planning and rezonings, legal options, and effective citizen engagement. 1000 Friends of Florida President Paul Owens will provide an introductory overview of planning in Florida. Professor of Law at the Shepard Broad College of Law at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale and early 1000 Friends of Florida Legal Director Richard Grosso will discuss Florida’s comprehensive planning and rezoning processes in light of legislative changes in recent years. He also will cover legal options for citizens and local governments, including participating in quasi-judicial hearings, determining burden of proof, determining standing to file a challenge, building a record for a challenge, and more. 1000 Friends Policy and Planning Director Jane West will discuss effective citizen engagement, including an update on special challenges in the era of COVID-19.

This event has been approved for 1.5 AICP CM LEGAL CREDITS (#9198586) for planners and 1.5 contact hours for Florida Certified Environmental Health Professionals. 1000 Friends has applied for professional certification credits from Florida Certified Floodplain Managers and others but cannot guarantee they will be approved.

Please join 1000 Friends of Florida
in thanking the 2019 Dr. John M. DeGrove Webinar Sponsors


Archibald Foundation




Ms. Kimberly A. DeGrove & Dr. Clyde Partin

Dickman Law Firm

William Howard Flowers, Jr. Foundation, Inc.


Kitson & Partners

The Perkins Charitable Foundation

Mr. Robert M. Rhodes

Ms. Susan Trevarthen


Mr. Thomas J. Baird

Mr. Ronald Book, PA

Mr. William M. DeGrove

Ms. Nancy E. Stroud


Ms. Sara Fotopulous



American Planning Association, Florida Chapter

DPZ Partners, LLC

Mr. David M. Orshevsky

Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council

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