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Final CWG Meeting Results

June 29, 2016

The Our Florida Reefs Community Working Group (CWG) convened June 1st and 2nd for their final meeting! At this two-day meeting, CWG members finalized the language for all 68 of their Recommended Management Actions (RMAs) and succeeded in agreeing on a prioritization based on benefits to the coral reef ecosystem. The meeting was well attended by the public as well as the local news media, and contained an hour of public comment each day in which local stakeholders had the opportunity to address the group.

Congratulations and thank you to all who participated in the Our Florida Reefs Process. The final list of Recommended Management Actions aim to address a diverse range of local threats to our coral reefs. This comprehensive list of management recommendations is the product of a huge amount of careful work, local knowledge, and scientific review which has been years in the making. Please stay tuned for updates on RMAs as they move forward on a path toward implementation!

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Upcoming Community Working Group Meeting in June!

April 27, 2016

The North and South Community Working Groups are meeting again in June! The meeting will be held over 2 consecutive days. See details below:

  June Meeting:  
  • Wednesday, June 1st and Thursday, June 2nd
  • 8:30 am to 5 pm both days
  • 2nd Floor Royal Fern Hall, Fern Forest Nature Center, 201 Lyons Road South, Coconut Creek, FL 33063
  Please visit the events page for meeting agenda and more information
You are encouraged to attend, where you can watch the Our Florida Reefs Community Working Groups further develop draft management recommendations to protect our reefs for the future. Time will be allotted for public comment. Please note that GPS navigation tends to misdirect to this location. Please use the map and directions here for directions from major highways.

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April CWG Meeting Results

April 20, 2016

The Our Florida Reefs Community Working Group (CWG) met again in April for a 2 day meeting at Fern Forest Nature Center in Broward County. At this meeting, CWG members finished reviewing the thousands of comments received at the Winter 2016 Community Meetings as well as online and made edits to their draft Recommended Management Actions (RMAs) accordingly. Through small-group work and large-group discussion, the CWG members were able to come to consensus on some of those RMAs that had drawn the most public comment during January and February.

The final big task for the CWG members is to prioritize their list of 68 RMAs to meet the stated mission of Our Florida Reefs- to establish a better balance between the use and protection of our coastal and ocean resources. To start this difficult process, the CWG members reviewed the initial prioritization from the voting they did in November 2015. After a group discussion, it was clear that the primary focus of this prioritization should be on the relative benefit that the action would have on the coral reef ecosystem here in southeast Florida. With this in mind, CWG members will have the ability to review and revise the RMA prioritization list at what will likely be their final meeting in June of 2016.