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South District Events Materials and Presentations

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DEP South District Public Outreach Presentations

DEP Meet-Ups Monthly Workshop

The DEP Meet-Ups are free and held the first Wednesday of each month. Time and location are the same. These events provide an opportunity for participants to learn, update and share information with a monthly guest speaker who provides channels of participatory discussions. They are also a great networking opportunity, creating connections across communities, businesses and government agencies to identify actions that can stimulate economic growth and regional cooperation while protecting natural resources.
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Month Topic Presentations
January 2019 Annual Solid Waste Rules & Regulation - Class I & III and C&D
December 2017 What's Up? Docks!
Navigating the Dock Permitting Process
May 2017 **CANCELLED** Emergency Response and Communication
Engines & Generators Permitting Requirements

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South District Wastewater Operator Short School
The Department of Environmental Protection South District offered four free wastewater short school sessions for wastewater operators and permittees. Information was provided regarding the latest on rule updates, uses for reclaimed water, and emergency management for wastewater utilities. The primer on what DEP staff look for in compliance checks was especially well-received. Scheduled classes were as follows:

  • July 26, 2016, Fort Myers
  • July 28, 2016, Sebring
  • August 2, 2016, Sarasota
  • August 4, 2016, Fort Myers
2016 Presentations
Title Synopsis

South District Update

  • District Administrators
  • Permitting & Compliance Staff
  • Multi-program Inspections
  • Abnormal events/spills
Wastewater Rule Overview
  • Recent Rulemaking and Revisions
  • Upcoming Rulemaking
  • Duties of an Operator
Wastewater Permitting
  • Permitting rules
  • Permit processing
  • 10-year permits
  • How to read a permit
  • References and resources
Reclaimed Water
  • Intro to Public Access Reuse
  • Reuse in Florida
  • Treatment Requirements
  • Operating Protocols
  • Public Notifications
  • Monitoring & Reporting Requirements
  • Common Compliance Issues
Wastewater Compliance
  • Inspection Types and Expectations
  • Operation and Maintenance
  • Records and Reports
  • Sampling and SOPs
Emergency Management
  • Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs)
  • Chemical Spills
  • Extreme Weather Events

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Fifth Annual SWFL Regional Symposium - Economic Enrichment Through Redevelopment
On June 7 and 8, the Department of Environmental Protection South District offered its Fifth Annual South Florida Regional Symposium, in Sebring. This year’s event focused on Economic Enrichment Through Redevelopment.

Representatives from local government and engineering and environmental consulting firms joined state and federal experts to learn more about the economic and environmental benefits of Florida’s Brownfields Redevelopment Program. The program empowers local communities and stakeholders by facilitating redevelopment and job creation by the assessment, clean up, and reuse of properties previously impacted by pollutants.

2017 Presentations
Title Speaker

Brownfield Grant Writing Seminar

NJIT Overview

Elizabeth Limbrick
Project Manager Policy and Planning Innovation for Civil Infrastructure and Environment, 
New Jersey Institute of Technology- NJIT
Solar Energy Solutions for Brownfields Development Pete Pedersen
Managing Principal and co-founder Renova Partners
Human Health Issues Related to Brownfields Dr. Deanna Whathington MD, MPH, FAAFP
Dean and Professor at Petrock College of Health Sciences, School of Graduate Studies
Bethune Cookman University
Legal Development in Brownfields Frank Hearne, Esq.
Mechanik Nuccio Hearne & Wester, P.A.
Legislative Update Michael Sznapstajler
President, Florida Brownfields Association
Ten Best Practices for Designing Sustainable, Healthy Communities & Environments Dr. Christian Wells
Professor, University of South Florida 
Latest Technology & Cleanup Processes Brett Corwin, P.G.
Vice President, Business Development-Biovation
Regional Planning Council Panel Stephanie Heidt
Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council
Grant Writing Nuts and Bolts, Panel Discussion Belinda Richard
EDA's Role in Brownfields Redevelopment Gregory Vaday
Economic Development Representative, Atlanta Regional Office
U.S. Economic Development Administration

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Fourth Annual SWFL Regional Symposium - Economic Enrichment Through Redevelopment
In an effort to create jobs and stimulate regional economy, the Sarasota Brownfield Redevelopment Program invites developers, investors, Realtors, governments and other interested members of the community to learn about brownfields, hear success stories and learn about opportunities to develop existing brownfield sites.

Presentations also include successful clean-up and closure cases from throughout SW FL, Tampa Bay area and other south Fl locations; how to navigate a successful public involvement process and much more!

2016 Presentations
Title Speaker

"From Blight to Right"

Ed Johnson
Manager of East Tampa Community Redevelopment Area
Case Studies
Biovation Environmental Services
Brett Corwin, P.G.
Vice President Business Development-Biovation
Brownfield Success Stories Keith Pyron
PPM Consultants
2016 Legislative Update: 'Focus on Risk-Based Closure Methods' Steve Hilfiker
President Inc-ERMI
Success Stories for Community Engagement Stevie Freeman-Montes
Sustainability Manager/City Managers Office, City of Sarasota
Flagler Economic Enhancement District - Cultivating H.O.P.E. Katrina Austin
Project Manager Flagler County Department of Economic Opportunity
Redevelopment Financial Incentives Heather Shubirg
Director of Competitiveness, Florida Enterprise
Transforming Brownfields: A Healthfields Retrospective Miles Ballogg
Director Brownfields & Economic Development, Cardno Inc.
TM's Wild West Wings Brownfield Project Leondrae D. Camel
City Manager, City of South Bay
FL Brownfields Redevelopment Program - Brownfields 101 George House II, P.G.
Central District Brownfields Coordinator, DEP

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January 16, 2019 - 5:30pm

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