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Watering Restrictions


Allowed watering times:
12:00 midnight to 10:00 am, or 4:00 pm to 12:00 midnight.

Allowed watering days:
Thursday & Sundays = Even numbered and no numbered addresses.
Wednesday & Saturday = Odd numbered addresses.

For more details on watering restrictions in your area, please check with your city management.


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2013 07 23 MEETING MINUTES PDF Print E-mail
Written by JUDITH BENSON   
Sunday, 18 May 2014


FROM: July 23, 2013

City of Longwood Chambers


Meeting called to order by Chair, Judith Benson, at 5:45PM.

Conducted Pledge of Allegiance

Roll: Board attendees - Judith Benson, Ariel Gaussart, Scott Sturgill, H. Alexander Duncan, Randy Garrett


Absent - None

Approval of Agenda: Gaussart motioned for approval, Duncan 2nd the motion, all in favor.

Approval of June's Minutes: Gaussart motioned for approval, Sturgill 2nd the motion, all in favor.

No guest speakers, volunteers, guests or interns present.

No Secretary's Report by Garrett.

Treasurer's Report - Sturgill: Conserve All Ways had no activity.  SSWCD account had 2 checks that have not been sent yet, #5607 for $121.30 for July rent and #5608 for the August rent.  Both will be mailed over the next couple of days.  The account balance is starting to run low at $111.00 per month so we must figure something out in order to place some funds into the account.  We have remaining balances of $1,040.69 in SSWCD and $259.07 in Conserve All Ways Inc.

Public Relations Report - Duncan: Advised he sent out our public notice email for our meeting but had forgotten to include the address for the chambers.  He will ensure it is included in the future.  Discussed the FDEP field report for the C.H. Bronson and Little Big Econ State Forests.  Covers about 20,000 acres in Orange and Seminole Counties.  Found that there is tension between the ranchers and the state on the issue of land use; the ranchers want cattle grazing rights on about 2,000 acres extended but the environmentalists consider the cattle to be invasive species.  Cross contamination is a concern.  Number of rangers are very limited and their budgets are to be spent separately on their designated parks.  The rangers feel as if they need more money to accomplish the great number of tasks the state expects of them.  There are roughly 2 rangers, 2 foresters and 1 biologist for the entire 20,000 acres in both counties.  Only public official to attend, and was told SSWCD never sends anyone, so the rangers were very appreciative of his attendance.  The rangers indicated they would welcome our help because they frequently get caught in between the politics of things.  Gaussart and Duncan suggested a field trip and possibly developing a resolution that may assist the rangers/parks.  They would like to create a corridor because they have found that panthers are using the area as a path of travel.  Still have roughly 20 or 30 miles of fencing left to install.  Sturgill and Benson stated that maybe NRCS could help with fencing since there are cattle on it?  This might save the budgets some money.   Also, the archeological sights are not marked or fenced.  Benson and Duncan discussed the possibility of working with St. Johns to allow us to assist with the management of a property.  Duncan felt that in order for the property to be managed as it was intended to be managed, the staff would need to be doubled and budgets expanded.  Garrett and Duncan also expressed personal opinions that the lands should be used as Florida Forever had intended for them to be used.  Sturgill reminded the board that the  Brevard Property Appraiser's Office funds 2 paid positions with their SWB.  Benson asked for copies of the field report and Duncan stated he would get the supervisors copies.  The board members expressed an interest in further investigating ways to become more involved with the properties.  Benson suggested possibly holding a public workshop.  Duncan agreed to contact Steve to possibly invite him to our next meeting.  Duncan also proposed the board educate itself on the possible locations of "tox sites" (sites that are known to be toxic but not listed as brown sites) in Seminole County so it may explore ways to possibly become more involved with them.

Chair Benson asked for any other supervisor reports: Gaussart commended Duncan for his representation of the board in the field report.  Gaussart also informed the board that he was still working to finalize a location on Longwood-Lake Mary Rd. for our Adopt-A-Road initiative.  Should be finalized by the August Meeting which will allow the board to advertise on the sign and to bring in volunteers to help clean the roadway 4 times a year.  Gaussart also advised he would not be able to attend the August Meeting.  Gaussart also advised that Kim Ornberg was also willing to be a guest speaker at our September or October meetings.

Chair Report - Benson: Has been attending higher level meetings in an effort to fact find.  Several, 13 out of 64, districts within the state are in "peril".  Lee County has also requested to dissolve its board.  The council has agreed to allow the board to be dissolved and the decision has been sent back to Adam Putnam, the Agriculture Commissioner, for final recommendation.  If there is enough public support against dissolving the board it may not be approved.  The hope is that Putnam will not approve of it.  Gaussart asked if Benson was aware of any other board asking to be dissolved and about precedent.  Benson stated she had not heard of another board.  In some districts, the state doesn't even know who is in place as supervisors.  The national level of SWCD is disheartened at what has been occurring in Florida.  Polk is soon to be suspended and Brevard is in non-compliance.  Hernando and Citrus make one district so we cannot go to one supervisor to determine who is in place.  Polk, Duval, Orange Hill, Madison, Indian River, Flagler, Charlotte, Clay, Brevard, Bay, Pascoe, Treasure Coast, Hernando and Citrus are all in peril.  Pascoe, Pascoe, Citrus and Hernando have all been recommended for dissolution.  Found Seminole Supervisor of Elections is stellar compared to other counties.  Also has found that less than ethical situations have occurred in other counties.  Benson now has a title of Deputy Vice-President of Sub Area 3-B on the state level.  Our local Area 3 Vice President is Tim Blevins out of Orange County.  Area 3 consists of Seminole, Brevard, Polk, Orange and Osceola.  Would like to reach out to these but don't know who some of them are.  State is waiving fees at the mention of hardship so it doesn't make sense that these boards are not filing.  AFCD and FDAC is signing a contract for a coordinator position to take a good state roll call.  Has a 3 page compliance check list to copy scan and email to the other supervisors.  We really should all go through it and utilize it to ensure compliance.  When we record meetings the recording becomes public record.  Texting about public business is illegal during a meeting.  Sturgill clarified person matters are a whole separate issue.  Cell phones being utilized for public business also become open to public records requests.  Chandler and Chandler are focusing on boards for sunshine law violations.  If anyone asks for a record, hand it over and then ask for identification.  Sturgill and Garrett stated that they believed this to be incorrect and that the public records requests must be made in writing and redactions of exempt information can be made before records are forwarded to the requestor.  Public must have an opportunity at each meeting to speak.  We must as a district publish an annual list of our meetings at least once annually with Florida Administrative Weekly.  There will be a hefty fee for this.  We have to do this!  We must also physically post our meeting notice at our physical meeting location too.  We have a the option of liability insurance through the state but the fee would be roughly $1,100 to $1,200.  Benson said the lawyer highly recommends the supervisors acquire individual error and omission insurance.  Sturgill reminded the board that we are not sovereign either.  Benson also suggested that volunteers should all be signing waivers and releases too!  Staff member documents are subject to sunshine and Florida Water and Land Legacy wants more signatures.

Benson added that the meeting in August will be held on the 20th and September's will be held on the 17th.

Meeting adjourned at 7:32PM.



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