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St. Johns County Residents Encouraged to Provide Input on Future Development of Matanzas Region at Interactive Workshops

The University of Florida (UF) and Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM NERR) are hosting a series of workshops titled “Planning for Sea Level Rise in the Matanzas Basin.” With the sea level rising at an increasing rate, the agencies are partnering with the local community to encourage input from St. Johns County residents on how to best protect one of the most naturally pristine areas along the Atlantic Coast.

Workshops for St. Augustine residents will take place on Thursday, December 6 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the St. Augustine Alligator farm, 999 Anastasia Boulevard and from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Flagler College Ringhaver Student Center, 50 Sevilla Street. Workshops for coastal residents are scheduled on Wednesday, December 5 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the GTM NERR Marineland Office, 9741 Ocean Shore Blvd.

Workshop components will include an introduction to the science of sea level rise and its potential impacts on the basin, a discussion of potential scenarios explored through models developed by leading researchers, and facilitation of community input on valuable places and planning priorities. To register for any of the four workshops, contact Emily Montgomery at emily.montgomery@dep.state.fl.us or 904.823.2291.

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