How high’s the water, mama? Friends to present sea level rise symposium

How high’s the water, mama? Friends to present sea level rise symposium

■ STAFF REPORT

The Friends of the Boca Grande Community Center will present a one-day symposium regarding sea level rise, and our understandinf of the theoretical and practical issued of its affect on local coastal communities. It will be held on Friday, March 22 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Boca Grande Community Center.

At 10 a.m. an introduction to the program will be given and speakers will be introduced.

At 10:15 a.m. Jennifer Hecker, executive director of the Charlotte Harbor Estuary Program, will present “The Gulf of Mexico: Global Resources of an Inland Sea.”

At 10:50 a.m. Dr. Jason Evans, associate professor of Environmental Science and Studies at Stetson University will give a presentation called “Reclaiming the Future: Science, Engagement and Hope in Our State of Watery Peril.”

At 11:35 a.m. Erin L. Deady, Esq. P.A., certified land planner and licensed attorney, will discuss “A Report from the Legal and Legislative Frontier.”

At 12:15 p.m. lunch will be held, and at 1:20 p.m. James Evans III, M.S, Director of Natural Resources, City of Sanibel, will present, “Local Environmental Challenges and Community Resolution Options.”

At 2 p.m. “The Coastal Engineering Challenge: Impacts to Captiva and Remedial Actions” will be presented by Hans J. M. Wilson, PE; President, Hans Wilson & Associates, Fort Myers, and at 2:20 p.m. Kelly Sloan, MSC, Sea Turtle Program Coordinator, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, will hold a talk titled, “Sea Turtles in the Best of Times.”

The last agenda item will be a panel discussion, moderated by Max Forgery.

General admission is $85 (includes lunch). Purchase tickets online or call the Friends office at 964-0827.