Friends of the Rivers Coalition E-Newsletter
January 2018

The Rivers Coalition meeting is Thursday
January 25th at 11:00 am 
at Stuart City Hall.
The meeting is open to the public and there is plenty of free parking available.
"Everglades Restoration and SFWMD Update"
Brandon D. Tucker

South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD)


Brandon Tucker is a South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board Member at large covering St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward,
Miami-Dade & Monroe Counties.
Appointed by Governor Rick Scott. 
Brandon's term is June 2017-March 2021.
Brandon is on the SFWMD Project and Lands Committee
Vice-Chair of the SFWMD Water Resources Advisory Commission
and on the SFWMD Indian River Lagoon Council
Brandon launched The Tucker Group, LLC in 2001 along with Bobby H. Tucker as a full-service real estate brokerage and consulting firm.
He is a graduate of Florida State University, Tallahassee, (Business / Real Estate).
Brandon was born and raised in Okeechobee, a third-generation Floridian, and has resided in Martin County for the past 20 years with his wife Jeannie, a Martin County native, and their two children Zachary and Annika.
Get the facts! Stay informed! Be involved! 
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Agenda for Thursday, January 25, 2018

11:00 am to 12:30 pm at City of Stuart Commission Chambers
121 SW Flagler Avenue, Stuart, FL 34994
Business Matters:
  • Chairman Comments:  George Jones
  • Current Action Items:  New Member Application, SB10 and Lake O. update
Special Presentations:  
 "Everglades Restoration and SFWMD Update" 
 Brandon Tucker- Governing Board of South Florida Water Management District

 Government & Agency Progress Reports:
  • Martin County: Deb Drum
  • State and Federal Agencies and Issues:  Dr. Paul Gray and Mark Perry                                                                                                                                         
Coalition Reports:
  • Rivers Coalition Defense Fund Update: Charles Grande
  • Local Issues & Estuary Water Quality:  Mark Perry
  • Indian Riverkeeper Update: Marty Baum
  • River Kidz:  Nic Mader- Sponsor recognition
  • Speakers Bureau: Marty Baum for Todd Weissing
Member Comments & Announcements:
 Photos from November Rivers Coalition Meeting 
Hal Wanless, PhD , Geologist informed the Rivers Coalition on Sea Level Rise. 
 Brandon Tucker newest board member of SFWMD  introduces himself

Rivers Coalition Members Participate in this years Everglades Coalition Conference held in Stuart
Mark Perry, Rivers Coalition Leadership Board Member, was Chairman of the SB10 Reservoir Panel
Mark introduces Joe Negron (Florida State Senate President),
Drew Bartlett (Florida Department of Protection), Eric Eikenberg (Everglades Foundation)

Rivers Coalition members participate in "The River Warriors: Grass Roots Movement" break-out session

Marty Baum, Indian Riverkeeper and Rivers Coalition was invited to speak at
The Ballantrae Anglers Club Dinner on January 15

Rivers Coalition appreciates an invitation to speak.
If your group would like the Rivers Coalition to speak at an upcoming gathering,
please contact Todd Weissing at or
Get informed, be active and be part of the solution to help our river!


The Blessing of the Fleet
February 10, 2018
 River Kidz will be the benefiting charity.
River Kidz are invited to be on the Flagship of the Blessing of the Fleet
Contact Barbara Osborn (772) 214-9768 for more details

 The River Kidz decorated a tree for Florida Oceanographic "Lights on the Lagoon"
The Christmas tree was decorated with beach "trash" found on our local beaches

The River Kidz Workbook-VERSION 3 is available!
It covers not just the St.Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon (Marty the Manatee)
but also the Caloosahatchee (Milly the Manatee) and Florida Bay (Manny the Manatee)
Click here to view a copy of the Marty the Manatee Workbook!
10 Things Every River Kid Should Know!
How to Become a RiverKidz Member!
Follow RiverKidz on Facebook! 
2018 Meeting Schedule
The 2018 meetings will be held at
City of Stuart City Hall – Commissions Chamber
121 SW Flagler Ave Stuart, FL 34995
     Wednesday, February 21, 2018   6:00 p.m.

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Thank you for all your support.
Editor: Barbara Osborn

PO Box 2627 
Stuart, FL 34995 
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