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Newsletter from the West Florida Regional Planning Council | June 2017 .

WFRPC Hosted Regional Infrastructure Priorities Meeting recently in Destin.

 

West Florida Regional Planning Council | June 2017
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WFRPC Hosted Regional Infrastructure Priorities Meeting

The West Florida Regional Planning Council, Apalachee Regional Planning Council, University of West Florida, Northwest Florida Forward, Northwest Florida League of Cities, and Florida’s Great Northwest invited elected officials and community stakeholders from Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Holmes, Washington, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson, Liberty, Leon, and Wakulla counties to an informational update and interactive planning workshop pertaining to regional priority identification and collaboration efforts. Sparked by questions about the Deepwater Horizon (BP) oil spill funds, or Triumph, WFRPC hosted a previous meeting with the City of Destin, who subsequently offered the use of their community center to facilitate a similar discussion on a regional scale.

More than 100 attendees filled the Destin Community Center on May 17 as State Representative Mel Ponder opened the evening with special remarks. WFRPC Executive Director, Austin Mount and WFRPC RESTORE Coordinator, Bill Williams then provided an update on RESTORE and Triumph funds, and facilitated a discussion to identify infrastructure priorities throughout northwest Florida. Attendees engaged in discussion regarding a variety of regional infrastructure needs, identifying, via vote, their top three areas of focus: Transportation (254 votes), specifically major arterial routes (36 votes); Environment (192 votes), specifically stormwater (which ranked higher than any subcategory at 64 votes); and Quality of Place (116 votes), specifically underground utilities (34 votes) and wastewater (32 votes).

The partners will continue to host meetings to provide updates and identify trends and common goals, allowing a unified regional voice to foster leverage in future endeavors and potential funding opportunities. Please visit this webpage for updates.

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Top Left: District 4 Florida Representative, Mel Ponder, offered opening remarks to regional stakeholders at the Destin Community Center. 
Top Right: West Florida Regional Planning Council Executive Director, Austin Mount, presented an update regarding the regional infrastructure planning process. Bottom Left: RESTORE Coordinator, Bill Williams, discussed the current status of RESTORE and Triumph funds, expressing the importance of unity to the engaged participants of the workshop.
Bottom Right: Destin City Manager, Carisse LeJeune, discussed Destin’s priorities and concerns with the meeting facilitators.

Escambia County Bay Day

The Bay Area Resource Council hosted Escambia County Bay Day on May 11 at the Roy Hyatt Environmental Center in Cantonment. The event, sponsored by International Paper, was an overwhelming success, bringing fun, hands-on environmental education to more than 100 students.

Ten local environmental agencies staffed stations in their areas of expertise, teaching students how humans and the environment are interconnected through water.

WFRPC especially thanks staff Environmental Planner, Katie Wilhelm, for coordinating this wonderful event!

Pictured Top: A Roy Hyatt Environmental Center staff member leads a discussion on reptiles with a rotation of students.
Pictured Bottom Left: ECUA Public Information Officer, Jim Roberts, presents to Bay Day participants.
Pictured Bottom Right: A Northwest Florida Water Management District station staff member interacts with students.

rideOn to Participate in Try Transit Day 2017

In efforts to further awareness about the economic and environmental benefits of using public transit, “Try Transit” events are held across the country to encourage community members to experience public transportation by providing the service free-of-charge all day on June 15. Locally, rideOn is participating in the Escambia County Area Transit (ECAT) Try Transit Day 2017. The Escambia County event will begin with entertainment, raffles, and the announcement of the winners of the Explore ECAT 2017 Youth Art Contest. Winners will have their art featured on multiple transit shelters for an entire year!

Try Transit Day 2017
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Event begins at 9 a.m., with transit services free all day
Escambia County Area Transit
1515 West Fairfield Drive, Pensacola, Fla.

Please contact rideOn Coordinator, Dan Deanda at 850-332-7976, ext. 227 with questions.

rideOn is a program of the West Florida Regional Planning Council, and is funded by the Florida Department of Transportation.

Florida-Alabama TPO to Hold Two Pedestrian/Bicycle Workshops

The Florida-Alabama TPO Pedestrian/Bicycle Plan will evaluate the existing pedestrian and bicycle facilities to develop a shared, non-motorized transportation vision in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in Florida and the Orange Beach and Lillian areas of Baldwin County in Alabama. WFRPC is seeking public input at two upcoming workshops. These workshops will be held in conjunction with existing, popular local events in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. Each outreach event will provide comment cards, maps, and information about the plan to collect meaningful input from community members.

To provide valuable input into this plan, please look for West Florida Regional Planning Council representatives at the following events:


Bands on the Blackwater
Friday, June 16, 2017
6 to 9 p.m.
Downtown Milton
5158 Willing St., Milton, Fla.


Palafox Market
Saturday, June 17, 2017
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza
N. Palafox St., Pensacola, Fla.

For more information, visit Move Safe Emerald Coast online or onFacebook! For questions or concerns, please contact Brittany Ellers at 850-332-7976, ext. 220.

SAVE THE DATES!!!

Upcoming Meetings

Florida-Alabama TCC Meeting – Pensacola City Hall

June 12, 8:30 a.m.

Florida-Alabama CAC Meeting – Pensacola City Hall
June 12, 10:30 a.m.

Florida-Alabama TPO Meeting – Sanders Beach-Corrine Jones Resource Center
June 14, 9 a.m.

Florida-Alabama Project Priorities TPO/TCC/CAC Workshop – Pensacola City Hall
June 19, 1:30 p.m.

WFRPC Board Meeting – Okaloosa County Administration Building Training Room
June 19, 3:30 p.m.

Okaloosa-Walton CAC Meeting – Niceville Community Center
June 20, 9:30 a.m.

Okaloosa-Walton TCC Meeting – Niceville Community Center
June 20, 1:30 p.m.

Okaloosa-Walton TPO Meeting – Niceville Community Center
June 20, 3 p.m.

Northwest Florida Clean Cities Coalition – CHELCO, DeFuniak Springs
June 28, 9:30 a.m.

Bay County CAC Meeting – Bay County Government Center
June 28, 11 a.m.

Bay County TCC Meeting – Bay County Government Center
June 28, 1:30 p.m.

Bay County TPO Meeting – Bay County Government Center
June 28, 3:30 p.m.

Bay County Project Priorities TPO/TCC/CAC Workshop – Bay County Government Center
June 29, 9 a.m.

Okaloosa-Walton Project Priorities TPO/TCC/CAC Workshop – Niceville City Hall
June 29, 3 p.m.

View this email in your browser
PLEASE NOTE: If you do not view this eNewsletter in your browser, you may not be able to see all photos and text.
View this email in your browser

WFRPC Hosted Regional Infrastructure Priorities Meeting

The West Florida Regional Planning Council, Apalachee Regional Planning Council, University of West Florida, Northwest Florida Forward, Northwest Florida League of Cities, and Florida’s Great Northwest invited elected officials and community stakeholders from Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Holmes, Washington, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson, Liberty, Leon, and Wakulla counties to an informational update and interactive planning workshop pertaining to regional priority identification and collaboration efforts. Sparked by questions about the Deepwater Horizon (BP) oil spill funds, or Triumph, WFRPC hosted a previous meeting with the City of Destin, who subsequently offered the use of their community center to facilitate a similar discussion on a regional scale.

More than 100 attendees filled the Destin Community Center on May 17 as State Representative Mel Ponder opened the evening with special remarks. WFRPC Executive Director, Austin Mount and WFRPC RESTORE Coordinator, Bill Williams then provided an update on RESTORE and Triumph funds, and facilitated a discussion to identify infrastructure priorities throughout northwest Florida. Attendees engaged in discussion regarding a variety of regional infrastructure needs, identifying, via vote, their top three areas of focus: Transportation (254 votes), specifically major arterial routes (36 votes); Environment (192 votes), specifically stormwater (which ranked higher than any subcategory at 64 votes); and Quality of Place (116 votes), specifically underground utilities (34 votes) and wastewater (32 votes).

The partners will continue to host meetings to provide updates and identify trends and common goals, allowing a unified regional voice to foster leverage in future endeavors and potential funding opportunities. Please visit this webpage for updates.

Photos
Top Left: District 4 Florida Representative, Mel Ponder, offered opening remarks to regional stakeholders at the Destin Community Center. 
Top Right: West Florida Regional Planning Council Executive Director, Austin Mount, presented an update regarding the regional infrastructure planning process. Bottom Left: RESTORE Coordinator, Bill Williams, discussed the current status of RESTORE and Triumph funds, expressing the importance of unity to the engaged participants of the workshop.
Bottom Right: Destin City Manager, Carisse LeJeune, discussed Destin’s priorities and concerns with the meeting facilitators.

Escambia County Bay Day

The Bay Area Resource Council hosted Escambia County Bay Day on May 11 at the Roy Hyatt Environmental Center in Cantonment. The event, sponsored by International Paper, was an overwhelming success, bringing fun, hands-on environmental education to more than 100 students.

Ten local environmental agencies staffed stations in their areas of expertise, teaching students how humans and the environment are interconnected through water.

WFRPC especially thanks staff Environmental Planner, Katie Wilhelm, for coordinating this wonderful event!

Pictured Top: A Roy Hyatt Environmental Center staff member leads a discussion on reptiles with a rotation of students.
Pictured Bottom Left: ECUA Public Information Officer, Jim Roberts, presents to Bay Day participants.
Pictured Bottom Right: A Northwest Florida Water Management District station staff member interacts with students.

rideOn to Participate in Try Transit Day 2017

In efforts to further awareness about the economic and environmental benefits of using public transit, “Try Transit” events are held across the country to encourage community members to experience public transportation by providing the service free-of-charge all day on June 15. Locally, rideOn is participating in the Escambia County Area Transit (ECAT) Try Transit Day 2017. The Escambia County event will begin with entertainment, raffles, and the announcement of the winners of the Explore ECAT 2017 Youth Art Contest. Winners will have their art featured on multiple transit shelters for an entire year!

Try Transit Day 2017
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Event begins at 9 a.m., with transit services free all day
Escambia County Area Transit
1515 West Fairfield Drive, Pensacola, Fla.

Please contact rideOn Coordinator, Dan Deanda at 850-332-7976, ext. 227 with questions.

rideOn is a program of the West Florida Regional Planning Council, and is funded by the Florida Department of Transportation.

Florida-Alabama TPO to Hold Two Pedestrian/Bicycle Workshops

The Florida-Alabama TPO Pedestrian/Bicycle Plan will evaluate the existing pedestrian and bicycle facilities to develop a shared, non-motorized transportation vision in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in Florida and the Orange Beach and Lillian areas of Baldwin County in Alabama. WFRPC is seeking public input at two upcoming workshops. These workshops will be held in conjunction with existing, popular local events in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. Each outreach event will provide comment cards, maps, and information about the plan to collect meaningful input from community members.

To provide valuable input into this plan, please look for West Florida Regional Planning Council representatives at the following events:


Bands on the Blackwater
Friday, June 16, 2017
6 to 9 p.m.
Downtown Milton
5158 Willing St., Milton, Fla.


Palafox Market
Saturday, June 17, 2017
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza
N. Palafox St., Pensacola, Fla.

For more information, visit Move Safe Emerald Coast online or onFacebook! For questions or concerns, please contact Brittany Ellers at 850-332-7976, ext. 220.

SAVE THE DATES!!!

Upcoming Meetings

Florida-Alabama TCC Meeting – Pensacola City Hall

June 12, 8:30 a.m.

Florida-Alabama CAC Meeting – Pensacola City Hall
June 12, 10:30 a.m.

Florida-Alabama TPO Meeting – Sanders Beach-Corrine Jones Resource Center
June 14, 9 a.m.

Florida-Alabama Project Priorities TPO/TCC/CAC Workshop – Pensacola City Hall
June 19, 1:30 p.m.

WFRPC Board Meeting – Okaloosa County Administration Building Training Room
June 19, 3:30 p.m.

Okaloosa-Walton CAC Meeting – Niceville Community Center
June 20, 9:30 a.m.

Okaloosa-Walton TCC Meeting – Niceville Community Center
June 20, 1:30 p.m.

Okaloosa-Walton TPO Meeting – Niceville Community Center
June 20, 3 p.m.

Northwest Florida Clean Cities Coalition – CHELCO, DeFuniak Springs
June 28, 9:30 a.m.

Bay County CAC Meeting – Bay County Government Center
June 28, 11 a.m.

Bay County TCC Meeting – Bay County Government Center
June 28, 1:30 p.m.

Bay County TPO Meeting – Bay County Government Center
June 28, 3:30 p.m.

Bay County Project Priorities TPO/TCC/CAC Workshop – Bay County Government Center
June 29, 9 a.m.

Okaloosa-Walton Project Priorities TPO/TCC/CAC Workshop – Niceville City Hall
June 29, 3 p.m.

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