It’s been three years since the launch of the Florida Outdoor Recreation Coalition (commonly known as FLORC). Its original mission was to provide a unified voice to outdoor recreationist through information, representation and education. After three years we’re still dedicated to getting people outdoors as a strong statewide outdoor recreation program means a healthier Florida, whether you are talking about the people, the environment or state and local economies.
Reflecting over these three years we have made some positive observations. First, people really enjoy being outdoors and the increase in numbers visitors to county, state and federal parks, forests and open areas is a testament to that fact. Also we know that economically, outdoor recreation is having a significant effect in Florida as a $36 Billion industry. We also know people want quality open lands for their enjoyment as a constitutional amendment is getting near to being put on the 2014 ballot in November that will help acquire and manage additional public lands.
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2013 Florida Outdoor Recreation Summit Live Blog – Day 2
11:57 - FLORC Executive Director John Waldron just concluded the 2013 Outdoor Recreation Summit! Thank you to everyone that attended and presented!
11:10 - Phil Werndli, from the Florida Park Service, is speaking on the most efficient and effective methods for using volunteers. Lots of good strategies focusing on recruitment volunteers and also how to retain them.
11:03 - Get Outdoors Florida is talking about their new prescription pad idea, where in addition to prescribing medication for certain sicknesses that they also prescribe an "Outdoor Recreation Medication" as well.
10:43- Discussions now have turned to the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). SCORP is the road map or blueprint for Outdoor Recreation in Florida. The document which is downloadable is located here and is developed by the Florida DEP.
10:20 - After a short break the open forum has begun. This is a time for everyone and anyone to share upcoming events or any issues facing outdoor recreation in Florida.
9:11 - Breakout sessions have begun, with Kevin Mims from Visit Florida giving a great talk on how to make an effective media product to showcase your outdoor recreation activities and organizations, highlighting all the various ways to share the media and what needs to be included in the media. Holly Parker is the second breakout session this morning, with a very informative presentation on the importance of funding your organization.
8:32 - Aliki Moncrief from the Florida Water and Land Legacy campaign is speaking now about the Florida Water and Land Legacy campaign and petition. The campaign is focusing on passing an amendment that will allocate less than one percent of the state budget and use that to keep our beaches, springs and wildlife habitats clean. As of right now they have more than 385,000 signatures but need over 650,000. Unfortunately you must be a registered Florida voter to be able to sign the petition, and the petitions must be in a hard copy form. No electronic signatures will count towards the final numbers. To learn more about the campaign and petition check out their website here, and check them out on Twitter at @fl_legacy and like them on Facebook at FLWaterLandCampaign.
8:12 - This mornings music being brought to you by Muse.
8:00 a.m. - Good morning from the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Sanford, FL. Day 2 of the 2013 Florida Outdoor Recreation Summit is about to get underway.