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Chamber to host 2020 Legislative Priorities Power Hour

By Staff | Jul 31, 2019

Dana Young

The Sanibel and Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2020 Legislative Priorities Power Hour on Aug. 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Myers.

The chamber’s board of directors and Government Affairs Committee have established new legislative priorities for the 2020 legislative session. Hear from market experts and learn how to be a part of the conversation for the upcoming legislative session.

The legislative priorities are as follows:

– Support the long-term reauthorization and increased funding of Visit Florida.

– Support developing policy to effectively deal with stormwater and wastewater pollution sources.

Rae Ann Wessel

– Support sustained funding to accomplish the EAA projects and objective of sending clean water south as quickly as possible and implementation of critical infrastructures projects north and south of Lake Okeechobee.

The featured speakers will include:

– Dana Young, president and chief executive officer of Visit Florida

Young leads Florida’s official destination marketing organization in partnership with its board of directors and the statewide tourism industry. She served in the Florida House from 2010-2016, rising to Majority Leader for the 2015-2016 legislative sessions. In 2016, Young was elected to the Florida Senate, where she represented parts of western Hillsborough County for two years. She was recommended for the Visit Florida position by Gov. Ron DeSantis and was unanimously approved by its board on Jan. 7.

– Rae Ann Wessel, Natural Resource policy director of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation

Wessel is a limnologist and marine scientist with 40 years of experience working in the corporate government, private and non-profit sectors in South Florida. For the past 12 years, she has served as the Natural Resource policy director for SCCF. Wessel’s policy, advocacy and outreach work brings sound scientific grounding to policy development, protection and restoration of water resources, critical habitats, land management and fish and wildlife conservation at the local, regional, state and federal policy levels.

The Legislative Power Hour will take place from 4 to 5 p.m., followed by networking from 5 to 6 p.m.

The cost is $25 for chamber members and $30 for non-members.

For more information or to RSVP, visit sanibel-island.sanibel-captiva.org/events.

Sponsorships are still available. For more information, contact chamber Member Services Manager Ashley Gibbons at 239-472-8255 or “mailto:ashley@sanibel-captiva.org”>ashley@sanibel-captiva.org.

The Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa is at 17260 Harbour Pointe Drive.