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A History of Water Stewardship in Southwest Florida

January 13, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Join journalist and county management expert Nick Penniman for a presentation on the history of water management in southwest Florida – where it succeeded and where it went terribly wrong. The talk will be illustrated with maps and photos, and audience participation is encouraged as we discuss growth management and its impacts on our coastal environment and health. This evening will be an excellent opportunity for newcomers,’ snowbirds ‘ and others who are curious to get essential context on the unique  water quality issues facing our region. Beverages and finger food are provided.

Tickets are on sale for $30 through the Friends of Lovers Key website and on Eventbrite. Go to

 Nick Penniman served as publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and as chair of the Collier County Growth Management Oversight Committee. He is author of A Toxic Inconvenience: Red Tide and Blue-Green Algae on Florida’s Coast and On the Knife: A History of Sugar in Florida.

 This event is part of the new monthly Speakers Series, “What You See on the Land, Lands in the Sea”, sponsored by Friends of Lovers Key. Each discussion focuses on one aspect of how land use and human activity increasingly affect the health of our coastal waters in Southwest Florida. Scientists, journalists, and environmental experts engage with the audience on challenges and solutions to threatened coastal eco-systems.  Learn and be a part of the solutions! For more information, go to :


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January 13, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Friends of Lovers Key State Park
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Lovers Key State Park Welcome & Discover Center
8700 Estero Blvd
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 United States
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