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Cela Tega Conference Series

Cela Tega Conference Series

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Nora Demers
Email: ndemers@fgcu.edu
Phone: (239) 590-7211

Cela Tega is the southwest Florida native (i.e.: Calusa) term for “A view from high ground”.  We used it here to symbolize “overview”.  The term was inspired from the Carib Native North American term epopopanana meaning:

this is Meeting (Epopo) + And (ana) +Place (Pa) which in Carib syntax is  Epopopanana

Thank you for your interest in the Cela Tega Conference Series

We had an excellent day of informative, and enjoyable presentations. 

 

Go to the Schedule page to see the presentations

This event was FREE and open to the public


2016 Cela Tega Conference:

Resiliency and Adaptations in the Estero Bay Region

 

December 12, 2016

Sugden Resort and Hospitaility Management Bldg Room 111

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, FL 33965

 Park in the "auxillary (gravel) lot #8", and follow the signs to the Sugden Resort and Hospitality Management building (number 23) on this campus map.

Purpose: To identify and discuss resiliency and adaptation planning

for climate change and sea level rise in the Estero Bay Region

 

Here is a linked list of completed resiliency and adaptation-planning related project completed by Mr Jim Beever and others

 

  1. Beever III, J.W. 2008. Growth Management Regulation, Public Investment and Resource Implications for the Estero Bay Watershed 2006-2007– Southwest Lee County, Florida. SWFRPC
  2. Beever, III, J.W., W. Gray, D. Trescott, D. Cobb, J. Utley and L. B. Beever 2009. Comprehensive Southwest Florida/Charlotte Harbor Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment. Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council and Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, Technical Report 09-3, 298 pages.
  3. Beever, III, J.W., W. Gray, D. Trescott, D. Cobb, J. Utley David Hutchinson, John Gibbons, Moji Abimbola and L. B. Beever, Judy Ott 2009. Adaptation Plan for the City of Punta Gorda. Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council and Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, Technical Report 09-4, 406 pages. Adopted by the City of Punta Gorda on November 18, 2009.
  4. Gray, Whitney, J.W. Beever III, and L.B. Beever. 2009 Estero Bay State of the Bay Update. Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council. 93 pp.
  5. Beever III, J.W., W. Gray, D. Trescott, D. Cobb, J. Utley, D. Crawford, and D. Hutchinson 2010. Lee County Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment. Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council. 226 pp.
  6. Beever III, J.W., W. Gray, D. Trescott, J. Utley, D. Hutchinson, Tim Walker, D. Cobb 2010. Lee County Climate Change Resiliency Strategy. Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council. 163 pp.
  7. Beever III, J.W., W. Gray, L. Beever, D. Cobb 2011. A Watershed Analysis of Permitted Coastal Wetland Impacts and Mitigation Methods within the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program Study Area. 391 pp.
  8. Beever III, J.W., W. Gray, L. Beever, Beever, Lisa, B., D. Cobb, Walker, Tim 2011. Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Opportunities for Salt Marsh Types in Southwest Florida. 379 pp.
  9. Beever III, J.W., Walker, Tim 2013. Estimating and Forecasting Ecosystem Services within Pine Island Sound, Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, North Captiva Island, Cayo Costa Island, Useppa Island, Other Islands of the Sound, and the Nearshore Gulf of Mexico. 46 pp.
  10. Beever III, J.W. 2013. Estimate of the Ecosystem Services of Existing Conservation 2020 Lands in Lee County Florida. 18 pp.
  11. Beever III, J.W., D. Cobb, W. Gray, L. Van Houdt, and T. Walker, 2015. . A rapid functional assessment method for designed freshwater and brackish water filter marsh ecosystems used for water quality treatment (FMFAM). 151 pp.
  12. Beever III, J.W., L. Van Houdt, L. Beever, W. Gray, and T. Walker, 2015. Filter Marsh Functional Assessment Method (FMFAM) Plant Identification Guide 65 pp.
  13. Beever III, J.W. and T. Walker, 2016. Spring Creek Restoration Plan 121 pp.
  14. 2014 State of the Bay  http://www.swfrpc.org/content/Natural_Resources/ABM/2014StateoftheBayUpdateFinal20150105.pdf

 

The program is one which should be of interest to all residents of Southwest Florida, especially to our county and municipal officials and local businesses.  We have long been concerned about climate change. There can be no doubt that the ocean is already rising. There are previously-dry places on Miami Beach and other seaside locations that are now reflecting the sunshine.  The east coast is already dealing with the problem, because they must, but only two Gulf Coast communities have yet acted.  Punta Gorda has a climate change adaptation plan and at present the community is successfully implementing it.  Lee County has a Climate Change Resiliency Strategy, which they were implementing until, unfortunately, the economic downturn of 2008-2009 necessitated some reorganization. Participants at the conference will get to hear speakers discuss vulnerability assessment, adaptation and resiliency plans and strategies, including those being implemented in Punta Gorda, and other locations.   The final session will be an examination of plan implementation and lessons learned.

 

This event was approved for 7 CM hours by the AICP.

 

  Lunch Keynote Speaker, December 12, 2016

Craig Pittman 

noted journalist and book author

author Craig Pittman portrait

 Cover of Oh Florida! book 

Oh, Florida! Wacky Florida Weather and Other Florida Stories

For more information contact

Nora Demers ndemers@fgcu.edu or (239) 590-7211