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  • October 29, 2012 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    MAF Weekly Report-October 26, 2012

     

     

    November Ballot Initiatives – Vote Yes on 10!!!

    On November 6 you will see 11 initiatives to change Florida’s constitution when you cast your vote at the ballot box.  (They are numbered 1-12, but number 7 was removed from the ballot by the Florida Supreme Court.) 

     

    MAF encourages you to vote YES on Proposed Amendment No. 10 – Tangible Personal Property Tax Exemption. This amendment will grant a tangible personal property (TPP) exemption for those with TPP greater than $25,000 but less than $50,000. (You will recall we currently have in place a TPP exemption for values less than $25,000.) The new exemption would take effect on January 1, 2013. While many of you would still not be able to take advantage of this, it will help very small businesses.  The bigger issue for manufacturers is the other part of the amendment that authorizes a county or municipality to provide tangible personal property tax exemptions by ordinance. This would be in addition to any statewide TPP tax exemptions.  The importance of this is that those counties wishing to stimulate their local economy could offer additional TPP relief to business.  This is the first time in decades that Florida has had an opportunity to change TPP law in the constitution. MAF and its political arm, Manufacturers Making a Difference, have monetarily supported the campaign to pass this amendment and MAF lobbied for this to be on the ballot. For more information visit www.yesonten.com.  VOTE YES ON 10!

     

    On a related note if any of your counties have local issues on the ballot that would allow them to reduce tangible personal property tax, please vote for them!

     

    Regarding the other constitutional amendments, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is encouraging a YES vote on the following:

     

    Amendment #1 –Health Care Services (Prohibits laws or rules compelling anyone to purchase health care coverage.)

     

    Amendment #3-State Government Revenue Limitation (Changes the existing state revenue limitation from being based on Florida personal income growth to being based on inflation and population changes.)

     

    Amendment #4 – Property Tax Limitations (Reduces from 10% to 5% the limitation on annual changes in assessments of non-homestead real property.)

     

    Amendment #5 – State Courts (Requires the Florida Senate to confirm Supreme Court justices.)

     

    Amendment #8 – Religious Freedom (Provides that no one can be denied governmental benefits on the basis of religion and allowing public monies to be used in the aid of religious institutions.)

     

    Amendment #10 – Tangible Personal Property Tax Exemption (Allows local governments to provide tangible personal property tax relief in addition to state tax relief.)   

     

    To review all the details of the amendments to make an informed decision, visit http://www.flchamber.com/political/2012-election-center/amendments/

     

    Collecting Items for Summit Silent Auction

    During the Manufacturers Summit in Orlando on December 6-7 we will hold a silent auction benefit for the MAF Center for Advanced Manufacturing Excellence.  Nancy Loehr, Progress Energy, and Jayne Fifer, Volusia Manufacturers Association, will be collecting items for the auction.  This is a fun way to do your Christmas shopping and contribute to the MAF Center for their manufacturing workforce education projects at the same time.  Be creative with your donations! For more information or to donate, contact nancy.loehr@pgnmail.com or jayne.fifer@vmaonline.com. Thank you for Nancy and Jayne for their work on this year’s auction!

     

    Reports Released/Highlighted This Week

    Florida Target Industry Competitiveness Report, September 13, 2012 by McCallum Sweeney Consulting and Avalanch Consulting for Enterprise Florida. Key findings are that:

    a) site selectors are noticing the impressive improvements to our incentive approval process in FL. However, the study pointed out that the state’s Closing Fund is underfunded and the state has a distinct disadvantage in this area;

    b) Florida has a large talented workforce noting the multilingual nature of the population. Given the strengths in this area Florida needs to better market current talent assets.

    c) We should continue to modernize the tax structure and streamline the permitting processes. 

    d) There is a need for the development and promotion of a strong Florida business brand and a need to align marketing activities to target industries. 

     

    Specifically related to manufacturing, the study says “cost continues to be a key factor in site selection, meaning labor cost and tax policy play a dominant role in a state’s ability to attract substantial projects.  Manufacturing is usually capital intensive, so land, site preparation, and infrastructure costs are critical.  Capital oriented incentives are important – property tax reductions and full exemption of sales tax on machinery and equipment are two areas for improvement.  In addition, training incentives need to be expanded to better meet what is being offered by competitor states.” A copy of the report is attached for your convenience.

     

    Florida TaxWatch Center for Competitive Florida Economic Commentary, September 2012. The report summarizes the investments that Florida has made over the years in seaports and more importantly the drastic increase in funding over the past 2 years. To learn more about Florida’s port projects and read this report visit www.floridataxwatch.org.

     

    2012 Report Card for Florida’s Infrastructure, American Society of Civil Engineers September 2012. This report ranks Florida’s infrastructure as follows:

     

    B             Bridges

    B –          Aviation

    C             Highways

    C             Ports

    C             Stormwater

    C             Transit

    C             Water and Sewer

    D+          Flood Control

    D-           Coastal Areas

    D-           Energy

    To read the entire report visit www.fla-asce.org.

     

    College and Career 1st, Governor Rick Scott, State of Florida, October 25, 2012. This report is partially the result of Governor Scott’s Education Listening Tour where he listened to teachers, parents and students.  The report brings forth the best ideas for educating and training students to compete in the 21st century economy. Following are the goals:

    #1 Maintain accountability while focusing on the successful transition to more rigorous Common Core State Standards and assessments, which better measure readiness for college and careers.

    #2 Support teachers and equip them with the tools they need to improve their practice as professionals and to help students realize better educational outcomes.

    #3 Allow choices and flexibility in districts, schools and classrooms that recognize the unique needs of students and teachers and support efforts to achieve improved results.  To read more, go to www.rickscottforflorida.com.

     

    Legislative Leadership Making Appointments

    Will Weatherford, Incoming Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, has appointed the following to House leadership positions:

    Rep. Robert Schenck, Rules Chairman

    Rep. Marti Coley, Speaker Pro-Tempore

    Rep. Chris Dorworth, House Majority Leader

    More appointments will be made during the November organizational Session, November 20.

     

    Short Notes

    ·         Progress Energy Executive Roundtable – On October 17 Al Stimac, MAF President and Nancy Stephens, MAF Executive Director, participated in an Executive Roundtable with Progress Energy outgoing CEO Vinny Dolan, incoming CEO Alex Glenn, and Nancy Loehr, Progress Energy’s representative to the MAF Board.  We were updated on Progress Energy/Duke Power plans and challenges for the future. Thank you to Progress Energy for the invitation!

    • Hopping Green & Sams informs us that the Joint Administrative Procedures Committee (JAPC) was not convinced by FDEP’s response to JAPC’s comments regarding the underlying statutory authority for de minimis discharge cleanup in proposed Rule 62-780.  FDEP staff and counsel will be discussing internally JAPC’s most recent comments on de minimis discharge cleanup as well as the other JAPC comments over the next several days to develop next steps, which will likely include additional discussions with JAPC.
    • The Southwest District Office of FDEP continues to undergo significant reorganization.  New appointments in that office follow. Water Facilities: Cindy Zhang-Torres; Waste Management: Yanisa Angulo and Erin Rasnake; Compliance and Enforcement: Joe Squitieri, Ilia Balcom, Brian Brown, Erin DiBacco, Susan Pelz, Michelle Duggan and Sean McGinnis; Administration: Charley O’Neal.

    ·         At a meeting of the Florida Cabinet this week, the Division of Bond Finance reported that Florida has reduced its outstanding debt by $2 billion over the last two years.

    • The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Office of Freight, Logistics and Passenger Operations (FLP) is actively seeking input from the freight community as they work to create a statewide Freight Mobility and Trade Plan. Their next round of meetings is for scenario planning, using the information they have gathered to date. This is a series of three meetings. The first is November 8, 8:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the Florida Hotel and Conference Center, 1500 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL. The next two will be in December and March.  The invitation is attached if you would like to attend.
    • For quick facts about Florida, visit a new Enterprise Florida website location, www.eflorida.com/newsroom.

    ·         Interested in adopting a school through the MAF Center’s Dream It Do It Program? Contact your regional manufacturing association or June Wolfe at june.wolfe@comcast.net. We already have some 32 manufacturers committed to the program.  For more information about Dream It Do It, visit www.mafame.org.  

    • Know someone who should be a member of MAF? Contact nancy@mafmfg.com to provide the contact information.

     

    Upcoming Events

     

    December 6-7   MAF Manufacturing Summit and Marketplace and Manufacturers of the Year Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Hotel, Orlando, FL. Now accepting sponsors and exhibitors. Go to www.mafmfg.com for more details or contact nancy@nstephens.com.

     

    December 13     MAF Environmental Teleconference, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. E.T.  Dial in number is (712) 775.7000; PIN 317371#.

     

    Florida Administrative Register (FAR)

    The Florida Administrative Weekly changed its name on October 1 to the Florida Administrative Register.  Instead of publishing the information once a week, it now comes out once a day.  Therefore you will see this section of our report formatted differently to accommodate the new FAR format.

     

    FAR –October 22, 2012

     

    Suwannee River Water Management District RULE NO.: 40B-2.331

    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose of the proposed rule is to provide an incentive for water use permittees to voluntarily implement the District’s water use monitoring requirements prior to expiration of their current permit. The effect of the proposed rule is to extend the duration of a water use permit if the permittee voluntarily implements the required water use monitoring program. Voluntarily implementing monitoring before a permit expires will provide needed data in a timelier manner.
    SUMMARY: The proposed rule will allow existing water use permittees to voluntarily implement monitoring requirements prior to such monitoring requirements becoming mandatory. The proposed rule language will be located within rule 40B-2.331, Florida Administrative Code and within the SRWMD Water Use Permitting Guide, which is incorporated by reference in rule 40B-2.301, Florida Administrative Code.
    IF REQUESTED WITHIN 21 DAYS OF THE DATE OF THIS NOTICE, A HEARING WILL BE SCHEDULED AND ANNOUNCED IN THE FAR.
    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE IS: Robin Lamm, Business Resource Specialist II, SRWMD, 9225 C.R. 49, Live Oak, Florida, 32060, (386)362-1001 or (800)226-1066 (FL only)


    DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

    RULE NO.: 62-302.532                                                                                                                                
    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The proposed rules establish numeric nutrient criteria for total nitrogen, total phosphorus, and chlorophyll a in individual estuary segments for the following Panhandle estuaries:  Perdido Bay, Pensacola Bay (including Escambia Bay), Choctawhatchee Bay, St. Andrew Bay, St. Joseph Bay, and Apalachicola Bay. 
    SUMMARY: The Department is amending Rule 62-302.532, F.A.C., to establish numeric nutrient criteria for total nitrogen, total phosphorus, and chlorophyll a in individual estuary segments for the following Panhandle estuaries:  Perdido Bay, Pensacola Bay (including Escambia Bay), Choctawhatchee Bay, St. Andrew Bay, St. Joseph Bay, and Apalachicola Bay.  Subsection 62-302.532(3), F.A.C., requires that the Department establish by rule or final order estuary specific numeric interpretations of the narrative nutrient criteria for TN and TP for Perdido Bay, Pensacola Bay (including Escambia Bay), St. Andrew Bay, Choctawhatchee Bay, and Apalachicola Bay by June 30, 2013.  

    EFFECT ON THOSE OTHER RULES: The proposed amendments are not expected to have significant effects on other rules.  The proposed amendments establish estuary specific numeric nutrient criteria that maintain existing conditions. 

    A HEARING WILL BE HELD AT THE DATE, TIME AND PLACE SHOWN BELOW:
    DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 9:00 a.m.
    PLACE: Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Marjory Stoneman Douglas Building, Conference Room A, 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Tallahassee, Florida
    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE IS: Eric Shaw, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Assessment and Restoration Support, MS 6511, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400, (850)245-8429 or e-mail: eric.shaw@dep.state.fl.us.

    FAR- October 23, 2012

     

    The Department of Environmental Protection announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.
    DATE AND TIME: November 1, 2012, 6:00 p.m.
    PLACE: Suwannee River Water Management District, 9225 CR 49, Live Oak, FL 32060
    GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: This is a technical meeting to discuss issues related to the Suwannee River Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP). The primary topic of discussion during this meeting will be the Suwannee River BMAP development process. The BMAP is the means for implementation of the adopted Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs).
    A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Terry Hansen, Department of Environmental Protection, 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 3565, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400.

    FAR - October 24, 2012

     

    The North Florida- Southeast Georgia (NFSEG) regional groundwater flow model Steering and Technical Teams are made up of area stakeholders, the St. Johns River Water Management District staff and the Suwannee River Water Management District staff, to work collectively on the development of the next generation regional-scale groundwater flow model for North Florida. The Technical Team announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.
    DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    PLACE: St. Johns River Water Management District Headquarters, 4049 Reid Street, Palatka, Florida 32177.
    GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED:  This is a meeting of the Technical Team described above. The purpose of the meeting is to continue the discussion of the conceptual model to be used in the development of the NFSEG regional groundwater flow model. An opportunity for public comment will be provided near the end of the meeting.
    NOTE: One or more members of the Governing Board from each of the water management districts named above may attend the meeting.
    A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: St. Johns River Water Management District, Attention: Kristi Cushman, 4049 Reid Street, Palatka, FL 32177, (386) 329-4308, email: kcushman@sjrwmd.com or by visiting the North Florida Regional Water Supply Partnership website at www.northfloridawater.com.).

     

    The Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Assessment and Restoration Support, announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.
    DATE AND TIME: Thursday, November 1, 2012, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    PLACE: Webinar: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/986139050.
    GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: This is a meeting of the Florida Water Resources Monitoring Council Monitoring Catalog Workgroup to discuss the metadata elements to be included in the monitoring catalog.
    A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Ms. Stephanie Sunderman, Watershed Monitoring Section, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS #3525, Tallahassee, Florida 32399, e-mail: Stephanie.Sunderman@dep.state.fl.us.

     

    The Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Assessment and Restoration Support, announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.
    DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, November 7, 2012, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    PLACE: Webinar: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/250147482.
    GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: This is a meeting of the Florida Water Resources Monitoring Council Salinity Network Workgroup to discuss development of indices for groundwater levels and groundwater quality.
    A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Ms. Stephanie Sunderman, Watershed Monitoring Section, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS #3525, Tallahassee, Florida 32399, e-mail: Stephanie.Sunderman@dep.state.fl.us.

     

    FAR - October 25, 2012
    Nothing to report.

     

    FAR - October 26, 2012

     

    The Water Resource Advisory Committee (WRAC) announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.
    DATE AND TIME: November 8, 2012, 10:00 a.m.
    PLACE: City of St. Cloud Marina (2nd floor), 1104 Lakeshore Blvd., St. Cloud, FL 34769.
    Water Resource Advisory Committee (WRAC) - Monthly Meeting
    GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: A Public Meeting of the Water Resources Advisory Commission (WRAC) regarding water resources protection, water supply and flood protection issues. The public is advised that it is possible that one or more members of the Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District may attend and participate in this meeting.
    A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Paul Millar at: (561) 682 6335 or pmillar@sfwmd .gov; or at our website: http://my.sfwmd.gov/wrac.gov.

  • October 29, 2012 10:57 AM | Anonymous

    Ocala, FL – Clairson Plastics, a leader in high-performance Injection Molding technology, is pleased to announce Steve Meitzen as the new Director of Sales and Marketing.

    “Steve brings over thirty years of distinguished experience in business development, program management, and customer is King Attitude to the Clairson Plastics Team,” says David Donihue, CEO of Clairson Plastics. “He has extensive experience in initiating start-up sales activities, developing strategies, and executing capture plans for successful business development efforts. Combine this with his practical business experience. Steve provides Clairson Plastics an edge in the custom injection molding market place.”

    “I’m honored to be part of the Clairson Plastics organization and playing a leadership role on the Custom Injection Molding team,” says Steve Meitzen. “I look forward to bringing innovative solutions to the market.  Clairson has assembled a very impressive new leadership team and I am honored to have join them.”

    As Director of Sales and Marketing for Clairson Plastics, Steve will be responsible for developing and executing Clairson Plastics’ market development, sales, and new business plans. From Clairson Plastics’ Florida office, he will supervise the US sales and marketing teams to identify market opportunities and fulfill market needs, ensure delivery of quality solutions, and meet short- and long-term business goals.



    Steve holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of Nebraska, Past President of the Bay Area Manufacturers Association. He is a tireless supporter of the Aerospace Industry Association work to stop the sequestration movement. He is chairman of the BAMA STEM education committee. Steve lives with his family in Lutz, Florida.

    About Clairson Plastics
    Clairson Plastics, an international company headquartered in Ocala, Florida, provides Injection Molding services for Medical, Defense and Electronics custom molding markets. Clairson Plastics designs and manages secondary operations such as pad printing, packaging and other services needed by their customers.  

    For more information, please contact

    David Donihue
    CEO
    Clairson Plastics

    2811 NE 14th Street

    Ocala, FL 34470

    Telephone  262.424.4253
    ddonihue@Clairson.com

     

  • October 12, 2012 10:46 AM | Anonymous
    Please click on attached document for more information:

    Ybor Job Fair Registration FA12 Oct 2012.pdf.
  • October 01, 2012 12:17 PM | Anonymous

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
           

    Ring Power Board of Directors Elects New Executive Vice President
    Two Vice Presidents Also Appointed



    ST. AUGUSTINE, FL – Sept. 27, 2012 – Ring Power Corporation Chairman and President Randal L. Ringhaver and the Board of Directors recently announced the election of David Alban as Executive Vice President – Sales and Corporate Secretary. The board also appointed new officers Alex Posson as Vice President – Director of Human Resources and Steve Gambill as Vice President – Power Systems Product Support.

    In his new role as Executive Vice President - Sales, Alban will have responsibility for several Ring Power divisions including: New and Used Heavy Equipment, Cat® equipment rentals, International, Crane and Lift Trucks. In an effort to efficiently grow our business and enhance our customers’ satisfaction in all areas, Alban will work closely with the senior-vice presidents of these divisions on a daily basis.

    In 2001, Alban began his Ring Power career in the Sales Training Program, spending time working in the service shops, learning firsthand what happens day-to-day. Alban also worked in the Heavy Equipment Rental department before moving into Sales.

    He earned his first managerial role in 2002, leading the newly launched Agricultural Equipment division.

    In 2004, when the Six Sigma initiative began, Alban was selected as a project leader. Alban was then promoted to General Service Manager of Heavy Equipment for the northern half of Ring Power’s Cat territory. Since 2009 Alban had served as Vice President and Corporate Secretary. In 2011,
    Alban took on additional responsibility, serving as Vice President of Power Systems Product Support.

    Newly appointed Vice President – Director of Human Resources Alex Posson joined Ring Power in March as human resources manager. Prior to joining Ring Power, she served as the employee relations specialist at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla. Posson is a graduate of the University of Florida and Florida Coastal School of Law.

    Taking over for David Alban as Vice President – Power Systems Product Support, Steve Gambill joined Ring Power in 1994 as a marine field service technician and worked his way up to assistant Power Systems service manager, Jacksonville branch Power Systems service manager and, most recently, marine services operations manager. Gambill brings 27 years of experience to Power Systems’ service operations along with the insight he has gained as a “green belt” on numerous Six Sigma projects.


    # # #

    Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida's Caterpillar® dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida. Ring Power is comprised of eight divisions and has more than 50 years of experience servicing and supporting Cat products and allied equipment. For more information on Ring Power Corporation, visit www.ringpower.com

  • September 25, 2012 12:16 PM | Anonymous

    MAF Weekly Report- September 24, 2012

     

    Enterprise Florida Wishes to Speak to Regional Manufacturing Associations

    Joel Gunter and Tim Johns are the “go to guys” at Enterprise Florida (EFI) for recruitment and retention of general manufacturing projects for Enterprise Florida, including clean energy projects.  Other project managers cover the gamut of aviation, aerospace, medical device manufacturing, and more. Our Enterprise Florida manufacturing managers would like to participate or attend some of the regional manufacturing association meetings as part of their outreach efforts.  They could do a short power point presentation, answer questions about EFI, say a few words or just introduce themselves and stick around afterwards for one-on-one conversations ...whatever fits into the typical program for your regional meetings.  To arrange such a meeting, contact Joel Gunter at jgunter@eflorida.com.

     

    Medicine Abuse Project Initiated

    Because manufacturers lose great employees and job applicants to failed drug tests, we thought you would like to know about a project that Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has endorsed.  In her weekly news report of September 21 she writes that medicine abuse is a growing problem among teens in the United States. One in six teens has abused medicine, and medicine is the most commonly abused drug among 12- to 13-year-olds. General Bondi has joined The Partnership at DrugFree.org on The Medicine Abuse Project, a national awareness campaign to prevent medicine abuse in teens. The project launched on September 23 and aims to prevent half a million teens from abusing medicine within five years. The Project encourages communities to educate people about the dangers of abusing medicine, monitor prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines, safeguard and properly dispose of unused medication, and eliminate improper prescribing and dispensing practices.  To learn more visit medicineabuseproject.org.

     

    Atwater Calls Together Small Businesses

    Candy Munz, MAF, joined small business owners from across the state at the Westin Harbour Island Hotel in Tampa for a two-day 2012 Small Business Leadership Forum earlier this month aimed at strategically helping small businesses have long-term prosperity and increasing their bottom lines.

    Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship in Florida State University’s College of Business partnered for the forum, bringing together industry experts and university leaders to share best practices, resources and opportunities for growth as the state recovers from the economic downturn.

    Forum topics and panel discussions, targeted specifically to small business owners, included short- and long-term forecasts and trends of Florida’s economy, creating an environment for investment and improving access to capital, and leveraging resources available through our public universities and small business development centers. Breakout sessions covered best practices for selling products and services, managing and protecting your brand, dealing with employees and legal issues, and the fundamentals of supply chain management.

     

    There were three manufacturers on the first panel of speakers so the forum provided a direct line of communication with CFO Atwater.  The manufacturers addressed the gap in skilled workers, the machinery and equipment sales tax exemption and other issues that would make Florida a more business-friendly state.

     

    Sponsor or Exhibit at the MAF Annual Summit

    It’s not too early to sign up as a sponsor or exhibitor for the 9th Annual Manufacturers Summit on December 6-7, 2012 in Orlando. Please tell your suppliers too so they can showcase their abilities to serve the manufacturing sector. For more information check www.mafmfg.com.  

     

    Short Notes

    • On September 20 the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, led by Congressman Gibbs from Ohio, began discussion on why more states had not assumed delegation of the Clean Water Act dredge and fill (wetlands) program (Section 404) and how more delegations could be accomplished.
    • Florida’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research (EDR) has released its latest revenue projections for the next fiscal year. Florida’s economists predict a $71.3 million surplus next year over and above the $1 billion Florida has in reserves. These projections are the best our state has seen since the recession hit Florida in 2006, creating the first budget surplus in five years.
    • According to CFO Jeff Atwater, Florida has an AAA credit rating – one of only nine AAA-rated states in the nation. Furthermore, last year Florida was able to reduce its debt by $500 million.

     

    News from NAM

    The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is working on several things of interest to Florida manufacturers:

    • NAM is urging the House to support the Stop the War on Coal Act (HR 3409). The bill will halt costly regulations from EPA and requires EPA to perform a comprehensive review of the Utility MACT and Boiler MACT regulations.  Manufacturers consume one-third of the energy produced in the U.S. and need continued access to all energy sources.
    • NAM is showing strong support for the STEM Jobs Act of 2012 (HR 6429) which creates two new employment-based visa categories for masters and PH.D. graduates from qualified universities in science, technology, engineering and math fields.  The STEM Jobs Act streamlines the green card process and expands U.S. manufacturers’ access to global talent without increasing the total number of visas. This legislation will help to reform the employment-based visa system and give manufacturers access to the talent needed for researching, developing and manufacturing new and innovative products that will ensure manufacturers remain competitive in the global marketplace.
    • NAM and the Manufacturing Institute have declared October 5 as Manufacturing Day. They encourage you to showcase manufacturing in your own way on October 5. The event is aimed at students, parents, educators, media, customers, suppliers and the community at large.  Visit www.mfgday.com.
    • NAM continues to press Congress for a budget that does not adversely affect our defense manufacturers.

     

    Upcoming Events

     

    October 18          MAF Environmental Teleconference, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. E.T., Dial in number is (712) 775.7000; PIN 317371#.

     

    December 6-7   MAF Manufacturing Summit and Manufacturers of the Year Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Hotel, Orlando, FL. Now accepting sponsors and exhibitors. Go to www.mafmfg.com for more details or contact becky@nstephens.com.

     

    Florida Administrative Weekly – September 21, 2012

     

    Southwest Florida Water Management District

    RULE 40D-2.091

    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: As required by Section 373.250(3)(c) and (d), F.S., this rulemaking will amend Rule 40D-2.091, F.A.C., and Section 3.1 of the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Water Use Permitting Basis of Review to implement new requirements for water use permit applicants and reuse utilities to aid in the determination of the feasibility of using reclaimed water in lieu of other sources. Subsections 373.250(3)(c) and (d), F.S. direct the water management districts to adopt rules to require certain permit applicants to provide written documentation from a reuse utility addressing the availability of and costs associated with the connection and use of reclaimed water to facilitate the permit applicant’s reclaimed water feasibility evaluation.

    SUBJECT AREA TO BE ADDRESSED: Amendments to Chapter 40D-2, F.A.C., to implement mandates in Section 373.250(3) (c) and (d), Florida Statutes to address certain reuse feasibility requirements for water use permit applicants and reuse utilities.

    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT AND A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY DRAFT, IF AVAILABLE, IS: Sonya White, Southwest Florida Water Management District, Office of General Counsel, 7601 Highway 301 North, Tampa, FL 33637-6759, (813)985-7481 (4660) (OGC #2011030)

     

    Southwest Florida Water Management District
    RULE 40D-3.041

    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose of this rulemaking is to amend Rule 40D-3.041, F.A.C., to incorporate the statutory exemptions established in Section 373.326, F.S., by Chapter 2012-205, Laws of Florida. The effect of the rulemaking will be that the District will require permits for only those wells identified as Class V, Group 1, pursuant to paragraph 62-528.600(2)(a), F.A.C.
    SUBJECT AREA TO BE ADDRESSED: Modification of District Rules Requiring Well Construction Permits.

    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT AND A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY DRAFT, IF AVAILABLE, IS: Sonya White, Southwest Florida Water Management District, Office of General Counsel, 7601 Highway 301 North, Tampa, FL 33637-6759, (813)985-7481 (4660) (OGC #2012021)

     

    Southwest Florida Water Management District

    RULE 40D-3.037

    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose of this rulemaking is to amend Rule 40D-3.037, F.A.C., to incorporate Chapters 62-528 (Underground Injection Control) and 62-532 (Water Well Permitting and Construction), F.A.C., which were recently amended by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (Department). The rulemaking will also amend Rules 40D-3.507, and 40D-3.517, F.A.C., to reference those sections of Chapters 62-528 and 62-532, F.A.C., that were renumbered as a result of the amendments undertaken by the Department. The rulemaking will ensure consistency between the rules of the District and the Department governing well construction.

    SUBJECT AREA TO BE ADDRESSED: Modification of District Rules Requiring Well Construction Permits

    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT AND A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY DRAFT, IF AVAILABLE, IS: Sonya White, Southwest Florida Water Management District, Office of General Counsel, 7601 Highway 301 North, Tampa, FL 33637-6759, (813)985-7481 (4660) (OGC #2012021)

     

    Southwest Florida Water Management District

    RULE 40D-3.341

    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose and effect of this rulemaking is to amend Rule 40D-3.341, F.A.C., to allow a property owner or party in legal control of a property to request that the District administratively cancel a well construction permit, provided that no activity has taken place under the

    permit.
    SUBJECT AREA TO BE ADDRESSED: Modification of District Rules governing Suspension, Revocation or Cancellation of Well Construction Permits

    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT AND A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY DRAFT, IF AVAILABLE, IS: Sonya White, Southwest Florida Water Management District, Office of General Counsel, 7601 Highway 301 North, Tampa, FL 33637-6759, (813)985-7481 (4660) (OGC #2012022)

    THE PRELIMINARY TEXT OF THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT IS AVAILABLE AT NO CHARGE FROM THE CONTACT PERSON LISTED ABOVE.

     

    Southwest Florida Water Management District
    RULE 40D-4.091

    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose and effect of this rulemaking is to incorporate a proposed Environmental Resource Permit Applicant’s Handbook Volume II which, together with an Applicant’s Handbook Volume I that will be adopted by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), will provide guidance to applicants seeking environmental resource permits (ERPs) following DEP’s adoption of proposed new statewide ERP rules mandated by Section 373.4131, F.S. DEP is currently undertaking rulemaking to amend Chapter 62-330, F.A.C., which will become the statewide ERP rules. Each water management district is expected to adopt an Applicant’s Handbook Volume II that will contain the District-specific design and performance criteria relating to water quality, water quantity and any special basin criteria or other statutory requirements. Upon District adoption of the Applicant’s Handbook Volume II, it will be incorporated by reference into DEP’s statewide

    ERP rules.
    SUBJECT AREA TO BE ADDRESSED: Environmental Resource Permitting.

    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT AND A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY DRAFT, IF AVAILABLE, IS: Sonya White, Southwest Florida Water Management District, Office of General Counsel, 7601 Highway 301 North, Tampa, FL 33637-6759, (813)985-7481 (4660) (OGC #2012023)

    THE PRELIMINARY TEXT OF THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT IS NOT AVAILABLE.

     

    Southwest Florida Water Management District

    RULE 40D-8.624
    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose and effect of this rulemaking is to amend Rule 40D-8.624, F.A.C., to establish minimum and guidance levels for one of the District’s listed priority waters, Lake Hooker in Hillsborough County, FL pursuant to Section 373.042, Florida Statutes.

    SUBJECT AREA TO BE ADDRESSED: Establishment of minimum and guidance levels for Lake Hooker in Hillsborough County, Florida. A minimum level is the level of surface water at which further water withdrawals would be significantly harmful to the water resources of the area.

    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT AND A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY DRAFT, IF AVAILABLE, IS: Christina Uranowski, Southwest Florida Water Management District, 2379 Broad Street, Brooksville, FL 34604-6899, (352)796-7211, extension 4271. (OGC File No. 2012013).

     

    Department of Environmental Protection
    RULE 62-17.680
    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: This is a rulemaking effort to allow electronic submittal of data by removing requirements that data in support of modifications under the Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Acts be submitted on paper.

    SUBJECT AREA TO BE ADDRESSED: The Department is undertaking an effort to reduce the amount of paper that is used and filed for official business. As part of that effort the Department is amending these rules regarding modifications under the Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Acts to allow the submission of electronic data.

    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT AND A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY DRAFT, IF AVAILABLE, IS: Susana Garcia at (850)245-2005 or susana.garcia@dep.state.fl.us

    THE PRELIMINARY TEXT OF THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT IS AVAILABLE AT NO CHARGE FROM THE CONTACT PERSON LISTED ABOVE.

     

    Department of Environmental Protection

    RULE 62-113.100
    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose of this rulemaking is to incorporate the Operating Agreement Concerning Regulation Under Part IV, Chapter 373, F.S., Between Northwest Florida Water Management District and Department of Environmental Protection into Rule 62-113.100, F.A.C. Rule 62-346, F.A.C., currently incorporates the agreement, but will be affected by the Department’s Statewide Environmental Resource Permitting rulemaking, including potential repeal, and Rule 62-113, F.A.C., is the Department’s rule for listing all similar agreements.

    SUBJECT AREA TO BE ADDRESSED: Incorporation of interagency agreements.

    IF REQUESTED IN WRITING AND NOT DEEMED UNNECESSARY BY THE AGENCY HEAD, A RULE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP WILL BE NOTICED IN THE NEXT AVAILABLE FLORIDA ADMINISTRATIVE WEEKLY.
    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT AND A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY DRAFT IS: Hillary Powell, 3900 Commonwealth Blvd., MS 35, Tallahassee, FL 32399, (850)245-2248, hillary.powell@dep.state.fl.us. (OGC #12-141

     

    Department of Environmental Protection

    RULE 62-343.070 Procedures to Obtain a Permit

    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose and effect of the proposed rule amendment will be to allow the submission of electronic applications and supporting material for environmental resource permits.
    SUBJECT AREA TO BE ADDRESSED: The Department of Environmental Protection is undertaking an effort to reduce the amount of paper that is used and filed for official business. As part of that effort, the Department is amending its permitting rules to allow the submission of electronic permit applications and specifying the electronic format for supporting material.

    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT AND A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY DRAFT IS: Mary VanTassel, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Submerged Lands and Environmental Resources, 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 2500, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400, telephone (850)245-8486, e-mail: Mary.VanTassel@dep. state.fl.us or facsimile (850)245-8499. (OGC No. 12-1445)

     

    Department of Environmental Protection 

    RULE  62-344.400

    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose and effect of the proposed rule amendment will be to allow the submission of electronic permit applications and supporting material for petitions to request delegation of part or all of a permit program.
    SUBJECT AREA TO BE ADDRESSED: The Department of Environmental Protection is undertaking an effort to reduce the amount of paper that is used and filed for official business. As part of that effort, the Department is amending its permitting rules to allow the submission of electronic permit applications.

    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT AND A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY DRAFT IS: Mary VanTassel, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Submerged Lands and Environmental Resources, 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 2500, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400, telephone (850)245-8486 e-mail: Mary.VanTassel@dep. state.fl.us or facsimile (850)245-8499. (OGC No. 12-1446)

     

    Department of Environmental Protection

    RULE 62-346

    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose and effect of the proposed rule amendment will be to allow the submission of electronic applications and supporting material for permits, water quality certification, Coastal Zone Consistency Concurrence, to Request Verification of Qualification for an Exemption, and Permits and Petitions for Formal Determinations to Department and NWFWMD Offices.

    SUBJECT AREA TO BE ADDRESSED: The Department of Environmental Protection is undertaking an effort to reduce the amount of paper that is used and filed for official business. As part of that effort, the Department is amending its permitting rules to allow the submission of electronic permit applications.

    IF REQUESTED IN WRITING AND NOT DEEMED UNNECESSARY BY THE AGENCY HEAD, A RULE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP WILL BE NOTICED IN THE NEXT AVAILABLE FLORIDA ADMINISTRATIVE WEEKLY.

    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT AND A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY DRAFT IS: Mary VanTassel, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Submerged Lands and Environmental Resources, 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 2500, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400, telephone (850)245-8486, e-mail: Mary.VanTassel@dep. state.fl.us or facsimile (850)245-8499. (OGC No. 12-1447)

     

    Department of Environmental Protection

    RULE  62-673.320
    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose and effect of the proposed rule amendment will be to allow the submission of electronic applications and supporting material for

    phosphogypsum stack systems.
    SUBJECT AREA TO BE ADDRESSED: The Department of Environmental Protection is undertaking an effort to reduce the amount of paper that is used and filed for official business. As part of that effort, the Department is amending its permitting rules to allow the submission of electronic permit applications.

    IF REQUESTED IN WRITING AND NOT DEEMED UNNECESSARY BY THE AGENCY HEAD, A RULE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP WILL BE NOTICED IN THE NEXT AVAILABLE FLORIDA ADMINISTRATIVE WEEKLY.
    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT AND A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY DRAFT IS: Hillary Powell, 3900 Commonwealth Blvd., MS 35, Tallahassee, FL 32399, (850)245-2248, hillary.powell@dep.state.fl.us. or facsimile (850)245-2297. (OGC No. 12-1444)

     

    The St. Johns River Water Management District, Projects and Land Committee announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.
    DATE AND TIMES: Monday, October 8, 2012, 9:30 a.m., Site Visit; 12:30 p.m., Keystone Community lunch hosted by Save Our Lakes Organization; 3:30 p.m., Business Meeting. PLACE: 9:30 a.m. Site Visit starting location:  Camp Immokalee 6765 Immokalee Road, Keystone Heights, Florida 12:30 p.m. Community Lunch: Camp Immokalee 6765 Immokalee Road, Keystone Heights, Florida 3:30 p.m. Business Meeting: District Headquarters 4049 Reid Street (Hwy. 100 West) Palatka, FL 32177

    GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: Etonia Chain of Lakes minimum flows and levels, prevention and recovery strategies. The location of the site visit may be changed due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Notice of such change will be available by contacting: St. Johns River Water Management District, Attention: Heather Barnes, 4049 Reid Street, Palatka, FL 32177, via email: hbarnes@sjrwmd.com or by phone: (386)329-4347 or (386)937-9717. The Projects and Land Committee Business meeting will discuss agenda items, followed by committee recommendations to be approved by the full Governing Board.

    NOTE: In the event a quorum of the Committee is not available for the business meeting at the date, time and place set forth above, the Committee shall meet on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 8:00 a.m. at District Headquarters, 4049 Reid Street (Hwy 100 West), Palatka, FL 32177. One or more Governing Board members may attend and participate in the meetings by means of communications media technology.

    A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Heather Barnes, 4049 Reid Street, Palatka, FL 32177, via email: hbarnes@sjrwmd.com, by phone: (386)329-4347, by visiting the District’s website: www.floridaswater.com.

    If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing, he/she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence from which the appeal is to be issued.

    For more information, you may contact: St. Johns River Water Management District, Attention: Heather Barnes, 4049 Reid Street, Palatka, FL 32177, via email: hbarnes@sjrwmd.com, by phone: (386)329-4347, by visiting the District’s website: www.floridaswater.com or via The District Clerk, (386)329-4500.

     

    The Water Resource Advisory Committee (WRAC)Monthly Meeting announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.
    DATE AND TIME: October 4, 2012, 9:00 a.m.

    PLACE: SFWMD, Building B-1, Auditorium, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406
    GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: A Public Meeting of the Water Resources Advisory Commission (WRAC) regarding water resources protection, water supply and flood protection issues. The public is advised that it is possible that one or more members of the Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District may attend and participate in this meeting.

    A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Paul Millar, (561)682-6335 or pmillar@sfwmd.gov or at our website: http://my.sfwmd.gov/wrac.gov.

     

    The Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Assessment and Restoration Support announces a telephone conference call to which all persons are invited.
    DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    PLACE: Conference Call: 1(888)670-3525, Conference Code: 7593387652#
    Webinar: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/421462626

    GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: This is a meeting of the Florida Water Resources Monitoring Council Monitoring Catalog Workgroup to discuss the next steps for the monitoring catalog effort.

    A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Ms. Stephanie Sunderman, Watershed Monitoring Section, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS #3525, Tallahassee, Florida 32399, e-mail: Stephanie.Sunderman@dep.state.fl.us.

     

    The Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Assessment and Restoration Support announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.
    DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    PLACE: South Florida Water Management District, Headquarters, Storch Conference Room, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406; The meeting can also be accessed via Conference Call: 1(888)670-3525; Code: 7593387652#; Webinar: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/477962850

    GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: This is a meeting of the Statewide Florida Water Resources Monitoring Council (FWRMC) to discuss the workgroups’ tasks: coordinate a groundwater salinity network, develop a statewide catalog of existing monitoring efforts, develop a coastal monitoring network, and coordinate Regional Councils to increase opportunities for local monitoring entities’ to participate in the FWRMC.

    A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Ms. Stephanie Sunderman, Watershed Monitoring Section, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS #3525, Tallahassee, Florida 32399, e-mail: Stephanie.Sunderman@dep.state.fl.us.

     

  • September 04, 2012 3:09 PM | Anonymous

    MAF Weekly Report- September 3, 2012

     

    As Fall Approaches Attention Turns to MAF Annual Summit

    It’s not too early to sign up as a sponsor or exhibitor for the 9th Annual Manufacturers Summit on December 6-7, 2012 in Orlando. Please tell your suppliers too so they can showcase their abilities to serve the manufacturing sector.   See the attached flyer for more details and feel free to pass it along to your friends. 

     

    VMA Raises the Bar

    In late August the Volusia Manufacturers Association papered the halls of the Volusia County Advanced Technology College with magnificent posters from area manufacturing companies.  There were thirty posters on the wall the day of the event and more will be added in the future.  Manufacturers paid for their own posters, as large as 10’ wide. Students were seen busily writing down information shown on the posters.  After the poster unveiling, some 100 manufacturers and educators gathered for remarks, conversation and a barbecue dinner.  June Wolfe, MAF Center for Advanced Manufacturing Excellence, was on hand to talk about Dream It Do It, which was very well received. Our hats off to Mark Madore, VMA Chairman and Jayne Fifer, VMA President/CEO for leading this innovative education project!

    .

    New Grant to Support Manufacturing Education in the Capital Region

    Tallahassee Community College and its grant partners have received a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support manufacturing education.  With the grant, a seamless pathway for Engineering Technology with degrees and programs that support the manufacturing industries in the greater Tallahassee region will be developed. The new project held its first advisory committee meeting last week at TCC's Advanced Manufacturing Training Center (AMTC) with over 15 partners from high schools, industry, FLATE and the regional EDC. The group set an aggressive timeline for implementation of the new high school and college programs.  A number of recruiting events and open houses will be hosted at the participating high schools this fall and the next advisory committee will meet in November. Industry partners were excited to be bringing this hands-on technical degree program to TCC, stating that it is critical for students to get a good mix of theory and practice.   If you are interested in participating, or want more information, please contact Bruce Batton (BATTONB@tcc.fl.edu) or Marilyn Barger (barger@fl-ate.org).

     

    Short Notes

    • Statistics from Workforce Florida over the past year:
      • Florida's workforce system assisted more than 43,700 employers with an array of business-focused services;
      • Quick Response Training and Incumbent Worker Training programs  trained nearly 5,000 employees in 27 new and existing companies, helping provide new jobs and keep existing companies growing in Florida; and
      • Every month more than 29,000 Floridians find jobs after receiving assistance through the Workforce Florida job placement system. 
    • Hopping Green & Sams informed us that FDEP conducted a workshop on August 22, 2012, to discuss technical corrections to the used oil management regulations in Chapter 62-710, F.A.C. and the hazardous waste regulations in Chapter 62-730, F.A.C.  Written comments to FDEP regarding the draft rule changes are due by September 12, 2012, not September 21.  
    • The August 29, 2012 Environmental Update from Hopping Green & Sams is attached.
    • The Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Annual Conference will be held in Orlando during the week of October 17th.  Some 1,000 people will be in attendance.  There will also be a job fair associated with the conference.  Of note, this is a great place to get information on products and services in the maintenance and reliability engineering field. Go to www.smrp.org for more information.

     

    Florida Administrative Weekly – August 31, 2012

     

    Department of Environmental Protection

    RULE NO.: 62-304.335

    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose of the rule is to adopt a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), and its allocations, for fecal coliform in the Perdido Bay Basin.

    SUMMARY: The TMDL addresses a fecal coliform impairment in the Perdido Bay Basin. Specifically, the TMDL rule being proposed for adoption is for Brushy Creek. This water body was verified as impaired using the methodology established in Chapter 62-303, F.A.C., Identification of Impaired Surface Waters. The methodology used to develop the TMDL was the percent reduction method.

    IF REQUESTED WITHIN 21 DAYS OF THE DATE OF THIS NOTICE, A HEARING WILL BE HELD AT THE DATE, TIME AND PLACE SHOWN BELOW (IF NOT REQUESTED, THIS HEARING WILL NOT BE HELD):

    DATE AND TIME: September 27, 2012, 1:30 p.m.

    PLACE: Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Bob Martinez Center, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Room 609, Tallahassee, FL

    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE IS: Jan Mandrup-Poulsen, Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration, Bureau of Watershed Restoration, Mail Station 3555, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400, telephone (850)245-8448

     

    Department of Environmental Protection

    RULE NO.: 62-304.435

    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose of the rule is to adopt a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), and its allocations, for fecal coliform in the Upper East Coast Basin.

    SUMMARY: The TMDL addresses a fecal coliform impairment in the Upper East Coast Basin. Specifically, the TMDL rule being proposed for adoption is for Pellicer Creek. This water body was verified as impaired using the methodology established in Chapter 62-303, F.A.C., Identification of Impaired Surface Waters. The methodology used to develop the

    IF REQUESTED WITHIN 21 DAYS OF THE DATE OF THIS NOTICE, A HEARING WILL BE HELD AT THE DATE, TIME AND PLACE SHOWN BELOW (IF NOT REQUESTED, THIS HEARING WILL NOT BE HELD):

    DATE AND TIME: September 27, 2012, 1:30 p.m.

    PLACE: Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Bob Martinez Center, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Room 609, Tallahassee, FL

    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE IS: Jan Mandrup-Poulsen, Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration, Bureau of Watershed Restoration, Mail Station 3555, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400, telephone (850)245-8448

     

    Department of Environmental Protection

    RULE NO.: 62-304.645

    PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose of the rule is to adopt Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), and their allocations, for fecal coliform in the Springs Coast Basin.

    SUMMARY: These TMDLs address fecal coliform impairments in the Springs Coast Basin. Specifically, the TMDL rules being proposed for adoption are for the 34th Street Basin, Clam Bayou Drain, Clam Bayou (East Drainage), Clam Bayou Drain (Tidal), Cedar Creek (Tidal), Cedar Creek, Curlew Creek Freshwater Segment, McKay Creek Tidal, McKay Creek, and Pinellas Park Ditch No. 1 (Tidal Segment). These water bodies were verified as impaired using the methodology established in Chapter 62-303, F.A.C., Identification of Impaired Surface Waters. The methodology used to develop these TMDLs was the percent reduction method.

    Any person who wishes to provide information regarding a statement of estimated regulatory costs, or provide a proposal for a lower cost regulatory alternative must do so in writing within 21 days of this notice.

    IF REQUESTED WITHIN 21 DAYS OF THE DATE OF THIS NOTICE, A HEARING WILL BE HELD AT THE DATE, TIME AND PLACE SHOWN BELOW (IF NOT REQUESTED, THIS HEARING WILL NOT BE HELD):

    DATE AND TIME: September 27, 2012, 1:30 p.m.

    PLACE: Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Bob Martinez Center, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Room 609, Tallahassee, FL

    THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE IS: Jan Mandrup-Poulsen, Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration, Bureau of Watershed Restoration, Mail Station 3555, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400, telephone (850)245-8448

     

    The St. Johns River Water Management District announces a workshop to which all persons are invited.

    DATE AND TIME: September 14, 2012, 9:30 a.m. (EDT)

    PLACE: St. Johns River Water Management District, District Headquarters, Governing Board, 4049 Reid Street, Palatka, Florida 32177.

    Persons can attend the workshop in person or register to attend by webinar. Webinar registration information is available on the District’s website: http://www.floridaswater.com or can be obtained from Wendy Gaylord, Legal Administrative Assistant, (386)326-3026 or email: wgaylord@sjrwmd.com.

    GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: Section 373.4131, Florida Statutes, became effective on July 1, 2012, and requires the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in coordination with the five water management districts (WMDs) to develop statewide environmental resource permitting (ERP) rules. These rules are to rely primarily upon existing rules of the DEP and WMDs, but may be revised as necessary to achieve a more consistent, effective, and streamlined approach in the State’s ERP program. As part of its rulemaking, DEP also intends to incorporate by reference an applicant’s handbook. At least two volumes of the applicant’s handbook will apply in each WMD: (1) one volume that will include general and environmental procedures and forms that will apply statewide, and (2) a second volume specific to, and adopted by, the WMD that will set forth design and performance standards for stormwater quality and quantity and include basin designations and basin-specific rules within the WMD. These volumes will replace and/or amend the SJRWMD’s current applicant’s handbooks. Comments will be solicited regarding amendments to Chapters 40C-1, 40C-4, 40C-41, 40C-42 and 40C-44, F.A.C., and a document to be known as “Environmental Resource Permit Applicant’s Handbook, Volume II: For Use within the Geographic Limits of the St. Johns River Water Management District,” which is based on existing provisions contained in the SJRWMD’s current applicant’s handbooks.

    A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Wendy Gaylord, Legal Administrative Assistant, (386)326-3026 or wgaylord@sjrwmd.com.

     

    The Southwest Florida Water Management District announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.

    DATE AND TIME: Monday, September 10, 2012, 2:00 p.m.

    PLACE: Lecanto Government Building, 3600 West Sovereign Path, Room 280, Lecanto, Florida 34461

    GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: Discussion of task force business for the Citrus County Task Force of the Citrus/Hernando Waterways Restoration Council.

    A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Southwest Florida Water Management District, 2379 Broad Street, Brooksville, Florida 34604, (352)796-7211 or 1(800)423-1476 (Florida Only), extension 4378 or online at www.watermatters.org/waterways.

     

    The Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Water Resource Management announces a workshop to which all persons are invited.

    DATE AND TIME: September 20, 2012, 10:00 a.m. (EDT)

    PLACE: This workshop will be broadcast via webinar. Parties can register to attend the webinar via their personal computers with audio by telephone (regular long distance telephone charges will apply) or by speakers connected to their computer (no telephone charges will apply). Webinar registration is via https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/249668090.

    Alternatively, persons may view the webinar at the following location where staff also will be available to accept comments.  Department of Environmental Protection, Bob Martinez Bldg., Rm. 609, 2600 Blair Stone Rd., Tallahassee, FL 32399.

    GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: In accordance with Section 373.4131, Florida Statutes, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), in coordination with the five Water Management Districts (WMDs), is developing statewide environmental resource permitting (ERP) rules governing the construction, alteration, operation, maintenance, repair, abandonment, and removal of storm water management systems, dams, impoundments, reservoirs, appurtenant works, or works, or combinations thereof, to implement Part IV of Chapter 373, F.S. This rulemaking will rely primarily upon existing rules of DEP and WMDs, revised as necessary to achieve a more consistent, effective, and streamlined approach to implement the ERP program. This is the fourth workshop to solicit comments on the proposed Chapter 62-330, F.A.C., including forms, fees, and Applicant’s Handbook Volumes I and II that will be incorporated by reference. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Mary VanTassel, Department of Environmental Protection by 2600 Blair Stone Rd., MS #2500, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400, (850)245-8486 or e-mail: Mary.VanTassel@dep.state.fl.us. The agenda and workshop information will be posted on the DEP Public Notice Calendar: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/public_notices/default.htm  (OGC #12-1058).

     

     

    UPCOMING EVENTS

     

    October 18          MAF Environmental Teleconference, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. E.T., Dial in number is (712) 775.7000; PIN 317371#.

     

    December 6-7   MAF Manufacturing Summit and Manufacturers of the Year Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Hotel, Orlando, FL. Now accepting sponsors and exhibitors. Go to www.mafmfg.com for more details or contact becky@nstephens.com.

     

  • July 31, 2012 9:31 AM | Anonymous
    Comments Needed on DOR Repair Parts Proposed Rule

    On August 8 the Florida Department of Revenue will conduct a public workshop on proposed changes to
    their rules on the sales tax exemption for manufacturing repair parts. MAF will be in attendance but we
    need your input so we know what comments you would like to make. We also encourage you to attend
    if this is important to you.

    In talking to Jeff Soff, DOR, the reason for the rule change is to curb the abuse of the exemption. In
    DOR’s opinion, manufacturers have been claiming the exemption for repair parts when they were really
    using consumables. DOR would like to now make the distinction between parts and consumables.
    Further, they are establishing an exemption certificate by rule for the first time for this exemption. By
    using the certificate you can show it to the seller and not have to pay the tax up front. This was practice
    but not backed up by law. Also, they have surveyed the other states and can share what other states are
    doing regarding this exemption. Finally, DOR wants your input because if they have classified certain
    parts as consumables and they are really repair parts they want you to let them know that.

    The public workshop is at DOR on August 8, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 1220, Building One, 2450
    Shumard Oak Boulevard, Tallahassee, FL. MAF would like your comments by Friday, August 3. DOR will
    take comments after the hearing as well. The hearing will be a great opportunity to discuss the matter
    and make sure that parts are parts and consumables are consumables!!! If anyone would like to
    volunteer to attend or help us draft comments, we would appreciate it!! All the materials were sent to
    MAF members on July 27.

    Accepting Sponsors and Exhibitors for MAF Summit
    We are now accepting sponsors and exhibitors for the MAF Summit and Marketplace, December 6-7,
    2012 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Hotel. Forms for both are attached or you may sign up
    online at www.mafmfg.com. We encourage you to invite your suppliers to exhibit. We want to make
    this the premier networking opportunity for Florida manufacturers. Feel free to forward the forms to
    your suppliers.

    Grant Awarded UF for Starting Technology Companies
    The University of Florida has received a federal five-year grant to promote the formation of technology
    startup companies based on university research discoveries. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s
    Economic Development Administration awarded $645,000, matched by the university over the next five
    years, to UF Tech Connect which assists in commercializing university research discoveries by helping
    create startup companies. During the last fiscal year, UF Tech Connect client companies created 230
    new jobs and generated $180 million in private investment. The grant will allow the program to
    continue this work. In the past UF Tech Connect has helped launch more than 140 startup companies,
    garnering more than $800 million in private investment and creating more than 1,200 jobs.

  • July 11, 2012 1:05 PM | Anonymous

    Now Accepting Sponsors and Exhibitors for Annual Manufacturers Summit

    MAF is gearing up for the MAF 9th Annual Manufacturers Summit and Marketplace on December 6-7, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Hotel, Orlando, FL.  We are now accepting sponsors and exhibitors for the event.  Sponsorships are available for $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000.  Premium exhibit space is available for $1,500 and other exhibit space for $999.  The earlier you sign up, the longer your name or logo will be on the MAF web page as we post our exhibitors and sponsors as soon as they sign up.  This is added value advertising for these companies.  Attached are all the materials you need to sign up.  If you have questions, contact becky@nstephens.com.

    Nominate Educators and Industry Colleagues

    It’s the time of year to recognize your peers and partners who contribute to the positive promotion of advanced manufacturing in Florida, preparing and supporting Florida’s ready-to-workforce.  The award represents FLATE’s commitment to recognizing education and industry colleagues who make significant contributions to technology education, outreach, and training of today’s advanced manufacturing workforce. There are three categories:

    • ·         Manufacturing Secondary Educator of the Year
    • ·         Manufacturing Post-Secondary Educator of the Year
    • ·         FLATE Industry Distinguished Service Award

    Awards are presented during the December MAF Annual Manufacturers Summit Awards Banquet in Orlando, Florida on December 6, 2012. Additional criteria and a fast and easy form is ready to use at www.fl-ate.org/awards. For additional information, please contact Dr. Marilyn Barger at barger@fl-ate.org

    Florida Emergency Bridge Loan Program Provides Immediate Financial Help to Small Businesses Impacted by TS Debby

    Florida small business owners who have been impacted by Tropical Storm Debby can now apply for an expedited interest-free, short-term loan through the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program.  Under the program, small business owners (from 2 to 100 employees) are eligible for up to $25,000 in interest-free financial help with 90 or 180 day terms based on individual business circumstances.

    The emergency short-term loans help bridge the critical gap between when a small business makes application for and secures other permanent financial recovery resources, including sufficient profits from a revived business, receipt of payments on insurance claims or federal disaster assistance.

    Governor Rick Scott has allocated $10 million from the General Revenue fund for the emergency bridge loan program. The appropriation is made through a budget amendment pursuant to the Governor's emergency declaration.  The following Florida counties are currently approved for the emergency bridge loan program: Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Franklin, Gulf, Hamilton, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Nassau, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Suwannee, Taylor, Union and Wakulla.

    To be eligible, small businesses must have been established in Florida prior to June 25, 2012, and demonstrate physical damage as a result of Tropical Storm Debby. The need for the loan and use of proceeds must be directly related to the physical damages caused by Tropical Storm Debby. Applications may be downloaded at www.floridadisasterloan.org. Once completed, applicants should contact the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network at (850) 473-7800 or toll-free at (866) 737-7232 for submission instructions.  Website: www.floridasbdc.org. Applicants may also contact the SBDC Network for free help with completing the application.

     

    Progress Energy and Duke Energy Have Merged
    This week Progress Energy and Duke Energy announced the completion of their merger.  Combining the two companies creates the largest utility company in the United States and gives them the financial strength to meet the region’s energy needs in a reliable, affordable and environmentally sound manner. The company will continue to provide outstanding operational performance and strong customer service that customers can rely on. For now, they are still known as Progress Energy in the Florida service territory. Vinny Dolan will continue to be the state president. 

     

    Short Notes

    • ·         MAF members should review TMDL lists to see if their receiving water is back on the list.  Please see attached memo from Hopping Green & Sams.
    • ·         The FDEP Estuary and Coastal Numeric Nutrient Criteria Development Meetings for northwest Florida have been rescheduled for July 24, 2012, 9am CDT, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Northwest District Office, 160 W. Governmental Street, Suite 308, Room 402, Pensacola, FL and July 25, 2012, 9am CDT, Gulf Coast State College, Gibson Lecture Hall, 5230 West U.S. Highway 98, Panama City, FL.

     

    Florida Administrative Weekly – July 6, 2012

     

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.

    DATE AND TIME: July 19, 2012, 1:30 p.m.

    PLACE: Sylvan Lake Park, Conference Room, 845 Lake Markham Rd., Sanford, Florida 32771

    GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: This is a Public meeting to discuss issues related to the Lake Jesup Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP). The BMAP is the means for implementation of the Lake Jesup Nutrient Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs). The primary topic of discussion during this meeting will be the BMAP annual update. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Samantha Fillmore, Department of Environmental Protection, 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS #3565, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400, (850)245-8418.

     

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection announces a public workshop to which all persons are invited.

    DATE AND TIME: July 23, 2012, 1:00 p.m. (CDT)

    PLACE: Camp Helen State Park, The Lodge, 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach, Florida 32413

    DATE AND TIME: July 24, 2012, 1:30 p.m. (EDT)

    PLACE: Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Carr Building, Room 170 (M&L) Training Room, 3800 Commonwealth Boulevard, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000

    DATE AND TIME: July 25, 2012, 1:30 p.m. (EDT)

    PLACE: Daytona Beach Regional Library, 105 E. Magnolia Avenue, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114

    DATE AND TIME: July 26, 2012, 1:30 p.m. (EDT)

    PLACE: Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, Garden Center, 3109 E. Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304

    DATE AND TIME: July 27, 2012, 1:00 p.m. (EDT)

    PLACE: Southwest Florida Water Management District, Sarasota Service Office, Governing Board Room, 6750 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34240-9711

    GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: These public workshops are for the Department to present the draft statewide total maximum daily load (TMDL) of mercury to the public and obtain feedback from interested stakeholders. A revised draft TMDL document (including the main report and appendices) will be placed on the Department’s TMDL website: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/tmdl/ by Friday, July 6, 2012, and will be provided upon request to interested parties by mail or via email distribution. The Department will accept written comments on the TMDL through August 27th, 2012. Written comments should be directed to: Jan Mandrup- Poulsen, Environmental Administrator, Watershed Evaluation and TMDL Section, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Mail Station #3555, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400 or email: jan.mandrup-poulsen@dep.state.fl.us

     

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Assessment and Restoration Support, announces a workshop to which all persons are invited.

    DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 9:00 a.m. (CDT)

    PLACE: Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Northwest District Office, 160 W. Governmental Street, Suite 308, Room 502, Pensacola, Florida

    DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 9:00 a.m. (CDT)

    PLACE: Gulf Coast State College, Gibson Lecture Hall, 5230 West US Highway 98, Panama City, Florida

    GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: Rule development will address estuary-specific numeric nutrient standards for total nitrogen and total phosphorus for the following Panhandle estuaries: Perdido Bay, Pensacola Bay (including Escambia Bay), Choctawhatchee Bay, St. Andrews Bay, St. Joseph’s Bay, and Apalachicola Bay. The Pensacola workshop will cover the Perdido Bay, Pensacola Bay (including Escambia Bay) and Choctawhatchee Bay estuaries. The Panama City workshop will cover the St. Andrews Bay, St. Joseph’s Bay, and Apalachicola Bay estuaries. These public workshops were previously scheduled for June 26 and 27, 2012, but were postponed due to Tropical Storm Debby. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Eric Shaw, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Assessment and Restoration Support, MS #6511, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400, (850)245-8429 or email: eric.shaw@dep.state.fl.us..

     

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Water Resource Management announces a workshop to which all persons are invited.

    DATE AND TIME: July 26, 2012, 10:00 a.m. (ET)

    PLACE: This is the first of three workshops that will be broadcast via webinars. Parties can register to attend the webinar via their personal computers with audio by telephone (regular long distance telephone charges will apply) or by speakers connected to their computer (no telephone charges will apply). Webinar registration is via  https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/853186642.

    DATE AND TIME: August 7, 2012, 10:00 a.m. (ET)

    PLACE: This is the second of three workshops that will be broadcast via webinars.

    Webinar registration is via https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/678645322

    DATE AND TIME: August 16, 2012, 10:00 a.m. (ET)

    PLACE: This is the third of three workshops that will be broadcast via webinars. Webinar registration is via: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/952961026.

    GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: Pursuant to Section 373.4131, Florida Statutes (F.S.), as created by Chapter 2012-94, Laws of Florida (House Bill 7003), effective July 1, 2012, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), in coordination with the five Water Management Districts (WMDs), is required to develop statewide environmental resource permitting (ERP) rules governing the construction, alteration, operation, maintenance, repair, abandonment, and removal of stormwater management systems, dams, impoundments, reservoirs, appurtenant works or works, or combinations thereof, to implement Part IV of Chapter 373, F.S. This rulemaking will rely primarily upon existing rules of DEP and WMDs, revised as necessary to achieve a more consistent, effective, and streamlined approach to implement the ERP program. Comments will be solicited to amend Chapter 62-330, F.A.C., an existing rule of DEP that currently incorporates by reference the rules of the WMDs used by DEP to implement its responsibilities under the ERP program. The chapter will be substantially revised to become the statewide environmental resource permitting rules.

    A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Mary VanTassel, Department of Environmental Protection, at 2600 Blair Stone Rd., MS #2500, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400, (850)245-8486 or e-mail: Mary.VanTassel@dep.state.fl.us. The agenda and workshop information also are on the DEP Public Notice Calendar: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/public_notices/default.htm. (OGC #12-1058).

    For questions about the webinars: Jennifer Butler, (850)245-8485. DEP has established an Internet site:

    http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/wetlands/swerp/index.htm  to provide information about the rulemaking, including a link to a forum page to accept comments from the public. A link to that site also exists on the draft rules site at

    http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/rules_dr.htm#erp.

     

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection announces a workshop to which all persons are invited.

    DATE AND TIME: July 27, 2012, 9:30 a.m.

    PLACE: Department of Environmental Protection, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Room 609, Tallahassee, Florida

    GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: This is a rule development workshop to discuss proposed changes to Chapters 62-716 and 62-722, F.A.C., in order to implement the 75% recycling goal created in Chapter 2010-143, Laws of Florida. The public may attend this meeting in person or via webinar. To join the webinar, register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/964527570. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. A draft of the proposed rule will be available at: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/solid_waste/pages/rulemaking_62-716.htm.

    A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Suzanne Boroff, Department of Environmental Protection, MS #4555, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400, (850)245-8718 or email: Suzanne.Boroff@dep.state.fl.us.

     

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Assessment and Restoration Support announces a workshop to which all persons are invited.

    DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, July 31, 2012, 9:00 a.m.

    PLACE: Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Bob Martinez Center, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Room 609, Tallahassee, Florida

    DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, August 1, 2012, 9:00 a.m.

    PLACE: City of Leesburg Community Center, 109 E. Dixie Avenue, Leesburg, Florida

    DATE AND TIME: Thursday, August 2, 2012, 9:00 a.m.

    PLACE: South Florida Water Management District, Lower West Coast Service Center, Conference Room, 2301 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida

    GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: To present information and receive public comments on proposed revisions to Chapters 62-302, 62-303, and 62-4, F.A.C., under the Triennial Review of state surface water quality standards. These public workshops are a follow up to public workshops held on May 15-17, 2012.  A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Eric Shaw, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Assessment and Restoration Support, MS #6511, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400, (850)245-8429 or email: eric.shaw@dep.state.fl.us. Additional information about the rulemaking may be obtained from the Department’s web site: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/wqssp/index.htm.

     

    UPCOMING EVENTS

     

    July 9                     MAF Summit Planning Teleconference, 2:00 pm ET.  Dial in number is 712.775.7000; PIN 317371#. Open to those interested in helping! (This is a rescheduled teleconference)

     

    July 18                   MAF Workforce and Education Partners Council Teleconference, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. E.T.  Dial in number is (712) 775.7000; PIN 317371#.

     

    August 16            MAF Environmental Teleconference, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. E.T., Dial in number is (712) 775.7000; PIN 317371#.

     

    October 18          MAF Environmental Teleconference, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. E.T., Dial in number is (712) 775.7000; PIN 317371#

     

    December 6-7   MAF Manufacturing Summit and Manufacturers of the Year Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport Hotel, Orlando, FL. Now accepting sponsors and exhibitors. Go to www.mafmfg.com for more details or contact becky@nstephens.com.

     

  • June 08, 2012 3:16 AM | Deleted user

    April 12, 2012                                                                                     

     NTMA MEMBER ROY SWEATMAN APPOINTED TO U.S. COMMERCE DEPARTMENT MANUFACTURING COUNCIL

    Sweatman to Provide Voice for Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers

     Washington, DC – Roy Sweatman, President of Southern Manufacturing Technologies (SMT) in Tampa, FL, was appointed today to serve on the Manufacturing Council.  Sweatman, a member and former Chairman of the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA), joins 24 other U.S. manufacturing leaders as Council members.  The Council provides advice to U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson on issues related to manufacturing sector competitiveness, as well as government policies and programs that affect the industry.  Sweatman will help emphasize the necessity of designing policies that help small and medium U.S. manufacturing companies, which play a critical role in the industry.

    "Small and medium manufacturers are this country’s job creators and the backbone of our communities," said Sweatman.  "As a Council member, my goal is to support policies that help small manufacturing businesses to flourish in the United States.  Policymakers and business leaders must work together on issues ranging from the shortage of skilled manufacturing workers to tax reform to ensure that small businesses are able to continue to invest in the new technologies and hire the workers that allow us to stay competitive with businesses overseas."

    Roy’s company, SMT, founded in 1983,  specializes in precision machined components and assemblies primarily for the aircraft, aerospace, defense industries.  SMT was honored as the Tampa Small Business of the Year and in 2009 won the Business Excellence Award from the Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance.

    “NTMA congratulates Roy for this tremendous honor,” said NTMA Chairman Roger Atkins.  “Roy has been a leader in NTMA and in our industry for years.  We have benefited from his leadership, ideas and commitment to strengthening manufacturing in America, qualities that he will now be able to share with policymakers in Washington, DC.”

    About NTMA: NTMA’s over 1,300 member companies design and manufacture special tools, dies, jigs, fixtures, gages, special machines and precision-machined parts.  Some firms specialize in experimental research and development work as well as rapid prototyping.  Many NTMA members are privately owned small businesses, yet the industry generates sales in excess of $40 billion a year.  NTMA’s mission is to help members of the U.S. precision custom manufacturing industry achieve business success in a global economy through advocacy, advice, networking, information, programs and services.

     NTMA and the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) formed the "One Voice" partnership to advocate for the interests of small and medium manufacturers throughout the U.S.  Visit www.metalworkingadvocate.org for additional information on PMA and NTMA.

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