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Florida and the Caribbean Regional Meeting
February 22, 2002
St. Petersburg, FL

Below is a brief description of the fourth public meeting, the second in a series of nine regional meetings. The meeting agenda, including links to speakers' written statements, responses to follow-up questions (where available) and meeting minutes have been posted.

Site Visits
(including links to speakers' written statements and follow-up questions)
(pdf, 220kb)

The Commission held its fourth public meeting, the Florida and Caribbean Regional meeting, February 22, 2002 at the Florida Marine Research Institute, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in St. Petersburg, FL. This was the second in a series of nine regional public meetings the Commission will hold around the nation. The Florida and Caribbean Regional meeting provided regional, state, and local government agencies and non-governmental organizations the opportunity to discuss with the Commission ocean and coastal issues of interest or concern to the State of Florida and the Caribbean area. In addition to the public meeting on February 22, the Commissioners spent February 21 gaining first hand knowledge of important regional issues through site visits in and around Tampa Bay, FL; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Commission will use the information received at the meeting to help formulate its recommendations for a coordinated and comprehensive national ocean policy, as required by the Oceans Act of 2000.

Site Visits

Tampa Bay, Florida
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
San Juan, Puerto Rico

(pdf, 236kb)

Meeting Location

First Floor Auditorium
Florida Marine Research Institute
Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission
St. Petersburg, Florida


Friday, February 22

Morning Session
Afternoon Session


MORNING SESSION - 8:00 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.

8:00 a.m. - Welcome by The Honorable Richard Baker (pdf, 68kb) - Mayor of St. Petersburg

8:05-8:30 a.m. - The Honorable David Struhs (pdf, 104kb) - Secretary, Environmental Protection, State of Florida

8:30-10:10 a.m. - Accommodating Coastal Growth

10:10-10:30 p.m. - Break/Media Availability

10:30-11:45 a.m. - Management of Coasts and Oceans

  • Dr. LaVerne Ragster (pdf, 132kb) – Senior Vice President and Provost, University of the Virgin Islands – Ocean policy concerns in the Virgin Islands
  • Mr. Ken Haddad (pdf, 124kb) – Director, Florida Marine Research Institute, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, State of Florida - State/Federal partnership issues, regulatory processes, and conflicts
  • Mr. James Murley (pdf, 236kb) – Director, FAU Joint Center for Environmental and Urban Problems – Florida’s Ocean Policy – development and integration with Federal laws and programs

11:45a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Commission Business

  • Minutes, Southeast Regional Meeting (January 15-16, 2002)
  • Ratification of Science Advisory Panel
  • Approval of Investment Working Group Membership and Issue Paper
  • Discussion of Report Drafting Timeline
  • Discussion of Goals Document

12:30 -1:15 p.m. - Lunch and Executive Session


AFTERNOON SESSION - 1:15 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

1:15-2:15 p.m. - Public Comment

2:15-3:30 p.m. - Ecosystem Management

3:30-3:40 p.m. - Break

3:40-5:10 p.m. - Economic Development

5:10-5:20 p.m. - Break

5:20-6:30 p.m. - Ocean Science and Education

6:30 p.m. - Adjourn


Commission Follow-up Questions

Based on testimony received at the meeting, the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy posed specific follow-up questions to many of the presenters. The responses received by the Commission become part of the record for the meeting. The list of current responses includes only the electronic files received by the Commission. To access these documents, go to the individual’s name listed above, or use the links provided below. Please note that the current list of responses does not include responses received in hard copy by the Commission.

Responses to Follow-up Questions:


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