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Wakulla Democratic Executive Committee presents a Panel on Wakulla’s Wetlands

September 24, 2013


Understanding the Economics and the Ecology of the Wetlands Issue in Wakulla County

Crawfordville, Florida –  Wakulla Democratic Party Chair Rachel Pienta announced today that the Wakulla Democratic Executive Committee will hold a panel forum on the role of wetlands in Wakulla County’s ecosystem. Pienta said, “There has been much heated debate about the role of a wetlands ordinance and how it impacts possible development and the environment impact. Our panel will provide fact based perspectives on our existing wetlands and the realities of planning and permitting for development in Wakulla County.”

What: a Moderated Panel Discussion, with time for audience submitted questions

When: Tuesday, September 24th, 7 pm (doors open at 6:30, refreshments will be served)

Where: Wakulla County Library, 4330 Crawfordville Hwy.

The event is free and open to the public.

The panel will be moderated by Palaver Tree Theatre Director Herb Donaldson.  Pienta said, “Herb will serve as the panel moderator and his team will be taping the program for later web and radio broadcast.”

To submit questions ahead of time, please submit questions via email to drpienta@gmail.com.  All questions will be reviewed before the moderator poses the question to the panel members.

For additional information, visit www.wakullademocrats.org.


Jim Stoutamire

About Jim:

James Stoutamire, Florida Department of Environmental Protection Jim was with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection from 1982 until his retirement in 2011. Previously he was the Assistant Program Administrator, Florida Coastal Zone Management Program from 1982-1991 where he supervised the grants program including development of sovereignty submerged lands rules and aquatic preserve management plans. From 1991-1998 he was the Senior Management Analyst, later Environmental Administrator – wetlands policy development and wetlands data management (GIS) section. He was the Environmental Administrator – sovereignty submerged lands and wetlands policy development and wetlands data management section from 1998-2001. He became the Administrator with the Office of Submerged Lands and Environmental Resources from 2001 and responsible for policy development and programmatic support of the statewide sovereignty submerged lands and wetlands regulatory programs. He holds a Ph.D. in Archeology from the University of Missouri, 1975 and Research Associate from Florida State University, 1975-1981. His hobbies include hunting and saltwater fishing.

Luis Serna

About Luis:

Director at Wakulla County Department of Planning and Community Development. Over 20 years experience and training in land planning. Extensive experience in project management and local government development permitting.

Luis says, “My goal is to use my experience and training to promote quality, sustainable developments and to support smarter and more effective government planning.”

Specialties: Permitting, site plans, concept plan, feasibility analysis, expert testimony.

Tabitha Frazier

About Tabitha:

Tabitha Frazier was raised in North Florida and her love and appreciation for the beautiful and unique wild lands of North Florida is what inspired her educational pursuits. Tabitha earned her Bachelors degree form Florida State in Environmental studies in 2001. She continued her studies and earned her Masters degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida 2005, where she specialized in Wetland Restoration.  Tabitha serves elected office in Leon County as a Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor and has led the charge in raising the profile and community outreach of the board.


September 24, 2013
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