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New Issues and Voices that Matter February 14, 2013

Local Needs Considered (Part-2)

Local Needs Considered – Part 2 (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
In preparation for the upcoming session of the Florida Legislature in March 2013, presentations by more than 30 local organizations were made recently to a delegation of legislators representing Seminole County, FL. These organizations are seeking state funding in public service areas that address the needs of Seminole county residents and businesses such as widening a portion of state road 434, early learning, access to healthy foods, the unlawful sale of synthetic drugs, substance abuse treatment, bullying awareness and the St. Johns River. This is an audio snapshot of 7 of those organizations making their case for consideration. (length: 31:54)

(Produced, reported and edited by Stephen McKenney Steck, Event photos – Charles E. Miller for CMF Public Media, Audio support – Seminole Government TV & Kurt Slafkovsky)


To make your listening to these presentations as efficient as possible, CMF Public Media offers two listening options and in either option we provide links to material each speaker mentions in their presentation and a link to their organization’s web page. We’ve also provided a slide show of photographs taken during the delegation meeting.

The first option is a podcast which presents only 7 of the 30 organizations. (others will be presented at a future date). We present them serially, first one, then the next, in an order we have determined for you. This podcast lasts about 30-minutes.

Another 7 organizations are featured in Part-1of this 2-part series. A link to that podcast is below.

The second option presents 7 stand-alone or individual podcasts. You choose the subject of most interest to you without needing to listen to the others. These podcasts are less than 4-minutes in length, featuring just one organization.

Full podcast option – featuring all 7 organizations

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The Seminole County Delegation:

David Simmons (R) (delegation chairman), Florida Senate/District 10 (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
David Simmons (R) (Chairman)
Florida Senate/District 10
Web | Meeting Agenda
Jason Brodeur (R), Florida House of Representatives/District 28 (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
Jason Brodeur (R)
Florida House of Representatives/District 28
Web
Mike Clelland (D), Florida House of Representatives/District 29 (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
Mike Clelland (D)
Florida House of Representatives/District 29
Web
Karen Castor Dentel (D), Florida House of Representatives/District 30 (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
Karen Castor Dentel (D)
Florida House of Representatives/District 30
Web

Presenters & Issues (as heard in sequence on the podcast)

Issue: SR/434 Widening
in Longwood
Issue: Early Learning
Bob Cortes, commissioner, City of Longwood (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
Bob Cortes
commissioner, City of Longwood

Web
Referenced document

Jennifer Grant Lessne, executive director, Early Learning Coalition of Seminole County (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
Jennifer Grant Lessne
executive director, Early Learning Coalition of Seminole County

Web
Referenced document

Issue: Healthy Foods
Issue: Synthetic Drugs
Andrea Balanzategui, president, Junior League of Greater (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
Andrea Balanzategui
president, Junior League of Greater

Web

William Morgan, project coordinator, Seminole Prevention Coalition (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
William Morgan
project coordinator, Seminole Prevention Coalition

Web
Referenced document

Issue: Substance Abuse
Issue: Bullying Legislation
Chelsea Dygan, Grove Counseling Center (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
Chelsea Dygan
Grove Counseling Center

Web

Chatari McFadden-Jones, student, Millennium Middle School in Sanford (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
Chatari McFadden-Jones
student, Millennium Middle School in Sanford

Web

Issue: St. Johns River
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Andrea Conover
program manager, St. Johns River Alliance

Web

Individual podcasts option


Issue:
SR/434 Widening in Longwood

Issue: Early Learning
Bob Cortes, commissioner, City of Longwood (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
Bob Cortes
commissioner, City of Longwood

Web
Referenced document

Jennifer Grant Lessne, executive director, Early Learning Coalition of Seminole County (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
Jennifer Grant Lessne
executive director, Early Learning Coalition of Seminole County

Web
Referenced document

Play
(Length – 3:33)
Play
(Length – 3:19)

Issue: Healthy Foods

Issue: Synthetic Drugs
Andrea Balanzategui, president, Junior League of Greater (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
Andrea Balanzategui
president, Junior League of Greater

Web

William Morgan, project coordinator, Seminole Prevention Coalition (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
William Morgan
project coordinator, Seminole Prevention Coalition

Web
Referenced document

Play
(Length – 2:46)
Play
(Length – 3:23)



Issue: Substance Abuse

Issue: Bullying Legislation
Chelsea Dygan, Grove Counseling Center (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
Chelsea Dygan
Grove Counseling Center

Web

Chatari McFadden-Jones, student, Millennium Middle School in Sanford (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)
Chatari McFadden-Jones
student, Millennium Middle School in Sanford

Web

Play
(Length – 3:29)
Play
(Length – 2:17)


Issue: St. Johns River
scld_110
Andrea Conover
program manager, St. Johns River Alliance

Web

Play
(Length – 2:53)

Seminole County Delegation

Seminole County Legislative Delegation members, from left, Jason Brodeur (R), Florida House of Representatives/District 28; David Simmons (R)(delegation chairman), Florida Senate/District 10; Mike Clelland (D), Florida House of Representatives/District 29; and Karen Castor Dentel (D), Florida House of Representatives/District 30 (photo - Charles E. Miller for CMF)The Seminole County Legislative Delegation is chaired by Republican state senator David Simmons, and 3-state representatives — Republican Jason Brodeur, and Democrats Mike Clelland and Karen Castor Dentel. They each introduce themselves in this 2-minute clip.

Play
(Length – 2:31)

On March 5, the annual 2-month session of the Florida Legislature will convene in Tallahassee, the state capitol, for a two month period in order to approve an annual budget and propose or amend state laws.

In order for state legislators to deliberate from an informed basis, their delegations – like Seminole’s — meet publically to hear testimony from organizations or individuals seeking to provide information to legislators about their local needs.

The 3-hour meeting was open to the public Thursday, December 20, 2012 and held in the Chambers of the Seminole County Board of County Commission, in Sanford, Florida. Each presenter was allowed 3-minutes to speak. Legislators occasionally asked questions or made comments and when they did, they remain in the podcast.

Pictures

After you launch the slideshow below, click “Next” and “Previous” to rotate through the photos.

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