From Stem to Stern
Boating and Waterways Management in Florida


November 1-3, 2006
Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront, FL



Sponsored by
:

 l Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Boating and Waterways Section

 l Florida Sea Grant College Program

 l University of Florida IFAS Extension

 l University of Florida Levin College of Law’s Center for Governmental Responsibility

 

Site Index

l Conference Purpose l Tentative Agenda l Airport Information
l Programmatic Topics l Government Attendee Registration l Area Information
l Expected Results l Corporate Attendee Registration l Conference Sponsors
l Who Should Attend l Location & Accommodations l Committee Members
l Continuing Legal Education Credits l Driving Directions l For Further Information
Annoucement:  The Corporate Attendee registration fee has been REDUCED down to $250!
Annoucement:  Table-Top Display Space is now only $250!

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Conference Purpose

 

Florida's economic well-being is linked to its freshwater, coastal, and marine resources. Local and state governments face the difficult challenge of sustaining economic viability while maintaining the environmental integrity of their waterways. This challenge is driven by factors that include rapid population growth and an increase in recreational boating and other water-related activity. During the conference, experts will present innovative technologies and methods designed to address boating and waterways management issues faced by local and state government. The conference will also provide a forum for planners, managers, and policy makers to share accomplishments, discuss ideas, and consider priorities for future action.

 

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Programmatic Topics

 

  • A Legislative Update on Boating and Waterways Related Bills

  • State and National Perspectives on Waterway Access and Solutions

  • Characterizing Recreational Boating Access to Florida’s Waterways

  • Waterways Master Planning

  • A Regional Waterway Management System

  • The Department of Community Affairs Waterfronts Florida Partnership Program

  • A Legal and Geographic Information System of Local Boating Regulations

  • Mooring fields / Harbor Management Plans / Rights to Navigation

  • Disaster Planning

  • Derelict Vessel Management

  • Permitting for Waterway Markers and Signs

  • Funding Opportunities
     

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Expected Results

  1. Initiation of an biennial conference on boating and waterways management in Florida

  2. Prioritization of boating and waterway management issues in Florida and consideration of strategies, timelines, funding, and alliances to address them

  3. Information sharing: case studies, lessons learned, and success stories

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Who Should Attend

 

Planners, managers, attorneys and policy makers from the following entities:

  • county and municipal governments

  • navigation districts and port authorities

  • citizen marine advisory committees and harbor boards

  • regional, state, and federal government organizations

  • environmental and maritime consultants and attorneys

  • marine and boating industry

  • coastal and marine oriented non-profit organizations

  • academic researchers and students

 

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Continuing Legal Education Credits

The Florida Bar has awarded the Boating and Waterways Management in Florida Conference (Course Number 33906) the following Continuing Legal Education Credits:

  • 16.50 General CLER Credit

  • 12.5 Admiralty and Maritime Certification

Click here for more information on the new online CLE reporting system.
(Printable Adobe PDF file)

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Tentative Agenda

 

Wednesday. November 1, 2006

10:00am-5:30pm

Registration Office Open

10:00am-7:30pm

Table-Top Display Set-Up

Session Title: Welcome and Official Opening

12:30pm-12:40pm

FWC Ceremonial Honor Guard Unit

12:40pm-12:50pm

Opening Comments – Ken Haddad, Director, Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission

12:50pm-12:55pm

Welcome and Introduction – Dr. Michael Spranger, Assistant Director, Florida Sea Grant

Session Title: An Introduction to the FWC Boating and Waterways Section

12:55pm-1:10pm

Lt. Colonel Jim Brown, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Session Title: A Legislative Update

1:10pm

Moderator: Christine Lepore, Esq. Brevard County Attorney’s Office

1:15pm-1:30pm

“Boating Legislation Update 2006” - Captain Alan Richard, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

1:30pm-1:45pm

“Florida's Water Access Issues” - Wade Hopping, Hopping, Green and Sams

1:45pm-2:00pm

“New Law Related to DEP Permitting” - Suzanne Brantley, Senior Assistant General Counsel, Florida Department of Environmental Protection

2:00pm-2:15pm

“Legislation on the Horizon” - Peggy Mathews, Government Affairs Director, Citizens For Florida's Waterways

2:15pm-2:30pm

Questions for the Panel

2:30pm-2:45pm

Refreshment Break and Networking

Session Title: Planning for Recreational Access

2:45pm

Moderator: Bill Sargent, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, FWC

2:50pm-3:05pm

“Florida Boating Access Facilities Inventory and Economic Study” - Jack Wiggin, Director, Urban Harbors Institute, University of Massachusetts

3:05pm-3:20pm

“Assessing Recreational Boat Traffic Patterns in Florida Coastal Waters” - Jay Gorzelany, More Marine Laboratory

3:20pm-3:35pm

“Mail Survey Derived Regional Boating Characterizations” - Charles Sidman, Coastal Planning Specialist, Florida Sea Grant

3:35pm-3:50pm

“Planning for Boating Access: The Role of Economics” - Michael Thomas, Resource Economics Research LLC

3:50pm-4:05pm

Questions for the Panel

4:05pm-4:20pm

Refreshment Break and Networking

Session Title: Planning for Working Waterfronts Preservation

4:20pm

Moderator: Tom Ankersen, University of Florida Levin College of Law

4:25pm-4:35pm

“Preservation of Recreational and Commercial Working Waterfronts - Planning for Working Waterfronts Preservation” - Marlene Conaway, Department of Community Affairs

4:35pm-4:45pm

“Partnerships for Waterfront Revitalization” - Jennifer Carver, Coordinator, Waterfronts Florida Partnership Program

4:45pm-5:00pm

“Olde Eau Gallie Waterfronts Florida Partnership “ - Carol Crispen, Old Eau Gallie Waterfronts Florida Partnership

5:00pm-5:15pm

Questions for the Panel

5:30pm-7:30pm

Welcome Reception

 

Thursday, November 2, 2006

7:30am-5:30pm

Registration Office Open

7:30am-8:30am

Early Morning Refreshments

Session Title: Waterways Master Planning

8:30am

Moderator: Lenore Alpert, Assistant Director, Research, Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions, Florida Atlantic University

8:35am-8:50am

“Public Involvement Process in the Alachua County Waterways Master Plan” - Bruce Delaney, Executive Director, Natural Resources Leadership Institute, University of Florida

8:50am-9:05am

“Preserving the Working Waterfront” - Rich Jones, Senior Marine Planner, Monroe County Natural Resources Department

9:05am-9:20am

“Palm Beach County Manatee Protection Program” - M. J. Matthews, Senior Research Associate, Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions, Florida Atlantic University

9:20am-9:35am

Questions for the Panel

9:35am-9:50am

Refreshment Break and Networking

Session Title: Managed Mooring Fields and Harbor Management Plans

9:50am

Moderator: Lt. Colonel Jim Brown, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

9:55am-10:10am

“Anchoring (and Mooring) Away: Government Regulation and the Rights of Navigation in Florida” - Tom Ankersen, University of Florida Levin College of Law

10:10am-10:25am

“Permit Hurdles for Mooring Fields” - Michael Poff, Coastal Engineering Consultants

10:25am-10:40am

“The Importance of Managed Mooring Fields and Harbor Management Plans” - Captain Alan Richard, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

10:40am-10:55am

Questions for the Panel

10:55am-11:10am

Refreshment Break and Networking

Session Title: Natural Disasters

11:10am

Moderator: Richard Hamann, University of Florida Levin Collage of Law

11:15am-11:30am

“Law Enforcement Maritime Response for Natural Disasters” - Major Calvin Adams, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

11:30am-11:45am

“Hurricane Impacts to Marine Resources in Escambia County” - Captain Robert Turpin, Chief, Escambia County Marine Resources Division

11:45am-12:00am

“Maritime Legal Issues Before and After a Disaster” - Patricia Olney, Attorney at Law & in Admiralty

12:00pm-12:15pm

Questions for the Panel

12:15pm-1:30pm

Lunch Buffet Provided on Pool Deck

Session Title: Signage and Local Boating Regulations in Florida

1:30pm

Moderator: Bob Swett, Coordinator, Boating and Waterway Management Program, Florida Sea Grant

1:35pm-1:50pm

“Local Government Boating Regulations: A Legal Research and GIS Database” - Thomas Ruppert, University of Florida Levin College of Law

1:50pm-2:05pm

“Uniform Waterway Marker Installation and Regulation of the Florida Intracoastal Waterway (ICW)” - Tara Alford, Boating and Waterways Section, FWC

2:05pm-2:20pm

“Boating Safety and Education, Waterway Management, and Boating Access" - Major Paul Ouellette, Leader, Boating and Waterways Section, FWC

2:20pm-2:35pm

Questions for the Panel

2:35pm-2:50pm

Refreshment Break and Networking

Session Title: Permitting for Navigational Access

2:50pm

Moderator:Suzanne Brantley, Florida Department of Environmental Protection

2:55pm-3:10pm

“Addressing Public Interest in Navigation Projects” - Ann Lazar, Environmental Supervisor, Office of Submerged Lands and Environmental Resources, Florida Department of Environmental Protection

3:10pm-3:25pm

“Permitting Channels as Infrastructure for Navigational Access” - Steve Boutelle, Marine Engineering Manager, Lee County Natural Resources Division

3:25pm-3:40pm

“Navigational Access: Riparian Rights and Permitting” - Richard Brightman, Hopping, Green and Sams

3:40pm-3:55pm

“Florida Marine Contractors Association” - Steven Webster, Executive Director, Florida Marine Contractors Association

3:55pm-4:10pm

Questions for the Panel

4:10pm-4:25pm

Refreshment Break and Networking

Session Title: Funding Opportunities for Boating and Waterway Management

4:25pm

Moderator: Major Paul Ouellette, Leader, Boating and Waterways Section, FWC

4:30pm-4:45pm

Pat Harrell, Boating Access Coordinator, FWC

4:45pm-5:00pm

“Atlantic Intracoastal - Florida Inland Navigation District” - David Roach, Executive Director, Florida Inland Navigation District

5:00pm-5:15pm

“Alternative Funding Sources for Boating & Waterway Management” - Janet Allen, PBS&J

5:15pm-5:30pm

Questions for the Panel

5:45pm-7:45pm

Poolside Networking Reception

 

Friday, November 3, 2006

7:00am-12:00pm

Registration Office Open

7:00am-8:00am

Early Morning Refreshments

Session Title: Environmental Perspectives on Boating
and Waterway
Management in Florida

8:00am

Moderator: Bruce Delaney, Executive Director, Natural Resources Leadership Institute

8:05am-8:15am

Bonnie Basham, Lobbyist, Standing Watch

8:15am-8:25am

“Environmental Perspectives: Importance of Stewardship “ - Jessica Koelsch, Florida Marine Wildlife Program Manager, The Ocean Conservancy

8:25am-8:35am

John Sprague, Legislative-Governmental Affairs Chairman, Marine Industries Association

8:35am-8:45am

“Boating Impacts to Seagrass Meadows and Seagrass Residents “ - Roy R. Lewis, President, Coastal Resources Group, Inc.

8:45am-9:00am

Questions for the Panel

9:00am-9:15am

Refreshment Break and Networking

Special Facilitated Session

9:15am-12:00pm

Strategic Planning for Boating and Waterway Management in Florida

Facilitators: Jon Dain and Bruce Delaney, Natural Resources Leadership Institute

         Conference attendees will help rank boating and waterway management priorities in the state and develop appropriate strategies to address priority issues.

12:00pm

Conference Concludes

12:00pm-2:00pm

Corporate Table-Top Display Removal

 

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Government Attendee Registration


A Government Attendee is considered to be any person employed by a local, county, state, regional, or federal government agency, persons working for non-profit organizations, members of government-appointed committees (e.g., marine advisory committees), academics, and students. If you have any questions regarding the registration categories, please contact Tracy Nininger at tnn@ufl.edu or
321-256-2483.

 

The registration fee, combined with funds contributed by our sponsoring hosts, allows each registrant to receive one copy of the Program & Presentation Book, a T-shirt (handed out upon completion of the evaluation form), conference materials, and attendance at all sessions. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided at Wednesday’s Welcome Reception and at the Thursday Poolside Networking Reception. A buffet lunch will be provided on Thursday afternoon and participants will enjoy early morning, mid-morning, and afternoon refreshment breaks each day. Guest and child registration fees only include attendance at the evening receptions and the lunch buffet. This fee does not include conference participation or materials and is not for use by co-workers.

Government Registration Fee Schedule
All figures are presented in US dollars ($).

Government Attendee

Early REDUCED Government Attendee Fee $150 If registered by Friday, September 29, 2006
Regular Government Attendee Fee $175 If registered by Monday, October 23, 2006
Onsite Government Attendee Fee $200 If registered onsite (Nov 1-3, 2006)

Guests

Guest Attendee Fee $45 Includes participation at evening receptions and Thursday Lunch

Children

Child (3-12 years old) Fee $30 Includes participation at evening receptions and Thursday Lunch


Refund Policy:
Requests for registration refunds will be honored if written notice of cancellation is received by the Office of Conferences and Institutes on or before Monday, October 9, 2006. A $50.00 processing fee will be deducted from all attendee refunds and a $15 processing fee will be deducted from all guest and child refunds. No refunds will be honored for cancellations after Monday, October 9, 2006.

Special Needs: Participants with special needs (such as visual, hearing, or walking impairments) can be reasonably accommodated if they contact the Office of Conferences & Institutes at least 10 working days prior to the conference. We can be reached by phone at 1-352-392-5930, by fax at 1-352-392-9734, by email at tnn@ufl.edu. If calling from within the State of Florida, the office can be reached at 1-800-955-8771 (TDD).

 

We are delighted you wish to register for this event.
Advanced registration is closed, however, we will be happy
to register you onsite and look forward to your participation.

 

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 Corporate Attendee Registration

Annoucement:  The Corporate Attendee registration fee has been REDUCED down to $250!

 

A Corporate Attendee is considered to be any person who is not employed by a local, county, state, regional, or federal government agency.


The registration fee, combined with funds contributed by our sponsoring hosts, allows each registrant to receive one copy of the Program & Presentation Book, a T-shirt (handed out upon completion of the evaluation form), conference materials, and attendance at all sessions. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided at Wednesday’s Welcome Reception and at the Thursday Poolside Networking Reception. A buffet lunch will be provided on Thursday afternoon and participants will enjoy early morning, mid-morning, and afternoon refreshment breaks each day. All Corporate Attendee’s must register by Friday, September 29, 2006 if you wish to apply for a table-top display space (See below). After September 29, Corporate Attendee’s may register to attend, but table-top display space may not be available.


Corporate Registration Fee Schedule
All figures are presented in US dollars ($).

Corporate Attendee

Corporate Attendee Fee $250 Register by September 29, 2006 to apply for table-top display space. After this date, you may register to attend, but display space may not be available.

Guests

Guest Attendee Fee $45 Includes participation at evening receptions and Thursday Lunch

Children

Child (3-12 years old) Fee $30 Includes participation at evening receptions and Thursday Lunch


Refund Policy: Requests for Corporate Attendee registration refunds will be honored if written notice of cancellation is received by the Office of Conferences and Institutes on or before Monday, October 9, 2006. A $100.00 processing fee will be deducted from all corporate refunds and a $15 processing fee will be deducted from all guest and child refunds. No refunds will be honored for cancellations after Monday, October 9, 2006. If you’re application for a Table-Top Display Space is NOT accepted, the $250 Table-Top Display Space fee will be refunded after October 9, 2006.

Special Needs: Participants with special needs (such as visual, hearing, or walking impairments) can be reasonably accommodated if they contact the Office of Conferences & Institutes at least 10 working days prior to the conference. We can be reached by phone at 1-352-392-5930, by fax at 1-352-392-9734, by email at tnn@ufl.edu. If calling from within the State of Florida, the office can be reached at 1-800-955-8771 (TDD).

 

Table-Top Display Space

While registering as a Corporate Attendee, you will have the option to apply to receive table-top display space (6' x 2' table) to present and show your company’s literature and products for an additional $250. Complete the brief application and you will be notified if your application was accepted by Monday, October 9, 2006. If your application is not accepted, the additional $250will be refunded in full after October 9, 2006. There is limited space available to preserve the informality of the conference and to maximize vendor’s productive, substantive exposure. All displays will be located in a public, high-traffic area where attendees gather.
 

Corporate Table-Top Set-up and Removal:

  • SET-UP: Wednesday, November 1; 10:00am-5:00pm

  • REMOVE: Friday, November 3; 12:00noon-2:00pm

 

We are delighted you wish to register for this event.
Advanced registration is closed, however, we will be happy
to register you onsite and look forward to your participation.

 

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Location & Hotel Accommodations

1550 North Atlantic Avenue
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931-3268
Tel.: 321-799-0003
Fax: 321-799-0344

Web Site: hiltoncocoabeach.com
 

The conference will be held at the beautiful Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront located in the heart of Florida’s space coast, and just a 45 minute drive from the Orlando International Airport (MCO). Following a spectacular $22-million renovation, this full-service Hilton hotel in Cocoa Beach is back and better than ever. The Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront is located directly on the Atlantic coast beach, is only five minutes from Port Canaveral’s cruise terminals, the John F. Kennedy Space Center and Jetty Park, and about an hour from popular Disney attractions and Sea World.


You and your family will enjoy the outdoor heated pool, beach rentals, water sports, surfing lessons, hair braiding, and a beach volleyball court. You'll also have access to the complimentary fitness center. Golf, tennis, and deep-sea fishing are located just moments away.

Room Rate Information: The Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront is offering a special rate of $105 per night (single, double, triple, or quad occupancy) plus 11 percent tax. This group rate is also available during the three days prior to and following the conference dates.

To make a reservation:

Contact the hotel directly at: 1-321-799-0003 or 1-800-526-2609

  - OR -

Click here to book online. Enter the following Group/Convention Code (under the “Special Accounts” section) to receive the group rate: BWM

Be sure to specify you are attending the Boating & Waterway Management in Florida Conference. All hotel reservations must be made by Friday, October 6, 2006.
After this date, neither availability nor the discounted group rate is guaranteed. (To receive tax exempt status, payment must be made in the form of a government issued check, credit card or purchase order, and, be accompanied by a Florida sales tax exemption certificate presented at check-in.)

Room Guarantee: All reservations must be guaranteed and accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.
 

Early Departure Fee: Members of the group who check out prior to their scheduled departure date, after checking into the hotel, will be subject to a $45.00 early departure fee. This fee is subject to all applicable taxes.
 

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Driving Directions

 

Navigating Your Way to the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront……
 

 




From Orlando (approx. 1 hour): Take SR 528 (Beach Line Expressway) east to Port Canaveral. Beach Line becomes A1A. Continue south on A1A. The hotel is located 1.5 miles south of the intersection of A1A and SR 520.

From Jacksonville (approx. 2.5 hours): Take I-95 South to Exit 205 (old Exit 77) (SR 528 East / Beach Line Expressway). At Port Canaveral, Beach Line Expressway becomes A1A. Follow A1A into Cocoa Beach. The hotel is located 1.4 miles south of the intersection of A1A and SR 520, on the left side.

From Miami (approx. 3.5 hours): Take I-95 North to Exit 201 (old Exit 75) (SR 520). Take 520 East to A1A in Cocoa Beach (approximately 15 miles). Turn south (right) on A1A, and follow it 1.5 miles to the hotel, on the left.

Mileage Chart - Click here for a chart that lists the mileage/distance from city to city in Florida.


Click here to find driving directions to Cocoa Beach, FL from any address/destination in the USA by simply typing in the starting address and then the end destination address; very user friendly.

 

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Airport Information

 


Melbourne International Airport (MLB)


Orlando International Airport (MCO)

Jacksonville International Airport (JAX)

 

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Area Information

 

Sports, Youth and Summer Camps

 

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Conference Sponsors

 

 

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Committee Members

 

Tara Alford
Boating and Waterways Section
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
Tallahassee, FL

Tom Ankersen
Center for Governmental Responsibility
University of Florida Levin College of Law
Gainesville, FL

Steve Boutelle
Marine Engineering Manager
Lee County Natural Resources Division
Ft. Myers, FL

Colonel Jim Brown
Division of Law Enforcement
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
Tallahassee, FL

Pat Harrell
Boating and Waterways Section
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
Tallahassee, FL

Colonel Julie Jones
Director, Division of Law Enforcement
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
Tallahassee, FL

Major Paul Ouellette
Boating and Waterways Section
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
Tallahassee, FL

Bill Sargent
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
St. Petersburg, FL


Charles Sidman
Florida Sea Grant - Coastal Planning
University of Florida, IFAS
Gainesville, FL

Mike Spranger
Florida Sea Grant - Assistant Director
Associate Dean -Environment & Natural Resources
University of Florida IFAS Extension
Gainesville, FL

Bob Swett
Florida Sea Grant - Boating and Waterway Management Program Coordinator
University of Florida, IFAS
Gainesville, FL
 


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For Further Information

Program Information:

Bob Swett, Conference Organizer
Coordinator, Florida Sea Grant Boating and Waterway Management Program
University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
P.O. Box 110405
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: 352-392-6233
Fax: 352-392-5113
Email: rswett@ufl.edu
Web site: www.flseagrant.org and
                  fishweb.ifas.ufl.edu

Registration Information:

Tracy Nininger, Conference Coordinator
University of Florida/IFAS
Office of Conferences & Institutes
PO Box 110750
Gainesville, FL 32611-0750
Phone: 352-392-5930
Fax: 352-392-9734
Email: tnn@ufl.edu
Web site: conference.ifas.ufl.edu

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