Florida Association of Counties appoints Manatee Commissioners to policy committees

Florida Association of Counties appoints Manatee Commissioners to policy committees
Posted on 02/06/2019

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Feb. 6, 2019) — Four Manatee County Commissioners have been appointed to Florida Association of Counties (FAC) policy committees that form and shape FAC's legislative priorities for the year.

Commissioner Priscilla Whisenant Trace will serve on the Growth, Agriculture, Transportation & Environment (GATE) Policy Committee.

Commissioner Vanessa Baugh will serve on the Federal Policy Committee and on the newly created Water Policy Committee tasked with making policy recommendations on Florida's vulnerable coastline and natural resources. 

Commissioner Carol Whitmore will serve on the Health and Safety Policy Committee. 

Commission Chairman Stephen Jonsson will serve on FAC's Executive Board of Directors. County Commissioners appointed Jonsson to serve on the FAC Board of Directors, a vacancy created by Commissioner Charles Smith's departure from the County Commission in November.

The new Water Policy Committee is comprised of 37 county commissioners from across the state. The committee will serve as the Association’s voice when addressing water related policy concerns and provide a structure for the organization to recommend solutions.

“The counties in Florida are diverse and so are the water quality and supply issues they face on the frontlines,” said FAC President and Hendry County Commissioner, Karson Turner. “The Water Policy Committee allows counties to have direct input in future environmental policy reform, recognizing water issues know no boundaries in Florida but are still not solved with one size fits all solutions.”

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