1000 Friends President Ryan Smart, Policy and Planning Director Thomas Hawkins, Board Member Emeritus Lester Abberger, and others will discuss key growth management, environmental and related bills and budgeting that passed and failed during the 2017 Legislative Session and how this impacts state and local governance and planning in Florida.
Lester Abberger of Tallahassee is past chair of 1000 Friends of Florida and is a Board Member Emeritus. He is chairman of The Trust for Public Land (TPL) Florida Advisory Council, serves on the TPL National Leadership Council, is chair of the Florida Conservation Campaign, and is a director and ... Read More
As President of 1000 Friends of Florida, Ryan works with the Board of Directors to implement the policies and programs of the organization. For two-and-a-half years, Ryan managed the Florida Conservation Coalition (FCC), bringing much-needed attention to some of the most critical issues facing our state, from springs protection to ... Read More
As Policy and Planning Director, Thomas Hawkins addresses land use and transportation policy at the local and statewide level for 1000 Friends of Florida. 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 law ... Read More