Tonight, March 23, 2009, there will be one extremely large town hall meeting for northeast Florida. In fact it is actually 7 simultaneous town hall meetings and they will be held in each of the seven counties of northeast Florida (Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns). All interested residents are encouraged to attend and participate by giving feedback on how we should grow as a region answering questions from the "Grow Smart Survey" or you can take the survey in person by going to the Town Hall Meeting and voting between 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm today.
The location for the meeting tonight in St. Johns County is:
SJC Utility Department
1205 SR 16
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Other town hall meeting locations can be found here.
At 6:30 pm, the Town Hall Meetings will begin. Participants will be allowed to answer questions from the "Grow Smart Survey" as a group. This is a way to have your voice heard twice (once in the written survey and once at the meeting). And you will hear how others feel about growth in our area. Next there will be a presentation on Reality Check First Coast and Regional Visioning followed by public discussion.
The meeting will end at 7:30 pm to allow participants to get home in time to view the public broadcast with the survey results at 8:00 pm on public TV, WJCT. A panel of experts will discuss the survey results and other issues that are most important to us and discuss how a Regional Vision can help us to create the future we want to see.
The fun continues on On May 21, 2009 when 300 government, nonprofit and business leaders will meet at the St. Johns County Convention Center in the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village and work in teams of 10 in a day-long exercise, laying Legos on regional maps to show where they think growth should go over the next 50 years. You can nominating a government, nonprofit or business leader at http://www.realitycheckfirstcoast.com/nominate/. The goal of the exercise to include a representative cross-section of the people in the area.
By the year 2060, it is estimated that 1.6 million additional people will be living in northeast Florida, requiring the addition of new jobs and housing to accommodate this growth. They are hoping the program will yield results by the fall of 2010 that can be a model for a growth "compact" agreed upon by governments in the region.
Barbara Jenness takes joy in assisting people in buying or selling their home or land in northeast Florida (St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, and Jacksonville). She is a community activist and leader serving as President of Friends of A1A 2008-2010, Past President of Scenic & Historic A1A in St. Johns County for over 10 years, and past vice-president of Vilano Beach Main Street (North Shores Improvement Association). She is a past president for WCR in St. Augustine and a member of South Ponte Vedra Civic Association, Porpoise Point, Serenata Beach Club, and Palencia. She founded and is a Past President of the St. Augustine Regional Council (StAR Council) to promote the St. Augustine area to individuals outside the region.
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