Lake Pickett North: A Citizen Advocacy Success Story

1000 Friends of Florida


Thursday, December 15, 2016
noon - 1:30 p.m. EST

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The Orange County Board of County Commissioners’ vote on November 15 to deny a massive proposed development outside of the Urban Services Area provided a major victory both for the environment and for the citizen advocates who led the charge.  Sharing their perspectives, Kelly Semrad of Save Orange County will discuss the community organizing behind such a victory, while Orange County Commissioner-Elect Emily Bonilla will cover how widespread opposition to the proposal led to political change.  Rounding out the discussion, Seminole County Commissioner Lee Constantine will address the challenges of intergovernmental coordination in the post-DRI era.  The session will conclude with a question and answer period.  

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Lee Constantine

Commissioner Constantine, of Altamonte Springs, is a Seminole County Commissioner and a graduate of the University of Central Florida. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of 1000 Friends of Florida. Constantine has represented Florida as a public servant for 36 years. In 1978, he was elected the youngest ... Read More

Emily Bonilla

Emily Bonilla is a Commissioner-Elect to the Orange County Board of County Commissioners. A long-time supporter of our planet, Bonilla is all about promoting conservation of Orange County’s natural and economic resources. She works unceasingly to protect the black bears and ban fracking in Florida. Seeing a need for ... Read More

Kelly Semrad

Dr. Semrad is representing Save Orange County, a neighborhood, grass-roots organization that played a pivotal role in defeating the proposed Lake Pickett North development. In 2012, faced with more encroaching development in their rural area, 16 neighbors got together and said, "enough is enough!" Knowing that many of the East ... Read More

Thomas Hawkins

Thomas Hawkins is Policy and Planning Director for 1000 Friends of Florida. Thomas addresses land use and transportation policy at the local and statewide level. With a focus on plan analysis, advocacy and litigation, Thomas supports 1000 Friends’ work to help Florida build better communities. Thomas also teaches land use ... Read More

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