Southwest Florida Regional Boating and Waterways Workshop was held on
September 9 & 10, 2010 in Punta Gorda, Florida. The Regional
Workshop examined innovative strategies to balance economic vitality with
ecologically sound management practices along southwest Florida's waterways.
The participants included a mix of managers, planners, policymakers,
lawyers, and industry people from state, local and regional levels (both
private and public sectors).
first day of the workshops consisted of presentations by local and state
experts. The presentations were grouped by subject matters including
comprehensive planning tools; funds, permits and legal considerations and
dealing with derelict vessels. Each series of presentations was followed by
a panel question and answer session that was moderated by a Florida Sea
Grant Agent. The presentations were very informative and were followed by
lively discussions that included inquiries about methods to make boating and
waterways planning easier, more useful to stakeholders and quantifiable.
second day of the workshop was a half day facilitated planning session
designed to allow participants to conduct strategic planning for boating and
waterways in Southwest Florida based on their expertise and information
gathered from the previous day’s presentations.
and answer summaries and the facilitated planning session summary are
available electronically as PDF documents by clicking the workshop summary
link to the right. Additional information about the workshop may also be
found via subsequent links at right.