Monroe County Mayor Heather Carruthers, chair of the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Water Policy Committee, addressed the attendees of the 2019 Legislative Conference held in November in Ft. Lauderdale.
“Water is paramount to Florida's economy, livelihood and quality of life, from the Georgia border to the Florida Straits, from inland lakes and springs to our 8,500 miles of coastline. Yet, we have no overriding policy or recurring, consistent, significant funding source to address issues related to water quality and quantity statewide,” said Carruthers. “This Committee seeks to address that.”
The Water Policy Committee is a new committee to FAC created to focus on all things water across the State of Florida. The Water Policy Committee serves as the association's voice when addressing water-related policy concerns, and it provides a structure for the organization to recommend solutions.
Frank Bernardino of Anfield Consulting, a lobbyist for Monroe County, highlighted the disparate levels of statewide water needs versus statewide water spending. He made suggestions to the committee on how FAC can play a stronger advocacy role.
In addition to Carruthers, Mayor Pro Tem Michelle Coldiron attended the conference. Coldiron is a member of the FAC Growth Management, Agriculture, Transportation and Environment Committee. Monroe County Legislative Affairs Director Lisa Tennyson also attended the conference.
The committee’s 2019 legislative policy booklets can be viewed at https://www.fl-counties.com/policy-committees.