Florida Specifier Podcast

Florida Specifier Podcast

The Florida Specifier Podcast is an issue, policy, and technology-based program produced by the Editorial Board of the Florida Specifier. It is a recurring podcast that is focused on news and information related to Florida’s natural resources with the people who dedicate their personal and professional lives to the lifeblood of our state. Hosted by Brett Cyphers and Ryan Matthews, as well as intermittent hosts and special guests, the podcast will highlight and examine the most pressing environmental issues that face our state, both emerging and historical. We will hear from the regulators, legislators, professionals, and passionate champions of Florida’s environment in each episode.

Episodes

February 14, 2024 23 mins

In this episode, Ryan and Brett get together to talk the 2024 Legislative Session now that it’s just over halfway over. They discuss some environmental bills making their way through the process including the ratification of the Statewide Stormwater Rule (HB 7053/SB 7040); a mitigation and water quality improvement bill (HB 1073/SB 1532, by Truenow/Brodeur); and of course, the budget.  If you’re curious about the budget proces...

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In this episode, the Florida Specifier’s Editorial Board gets together to talk about the January/February issue of the paper. Patrick, Ryan, Jeff, and Brett cover a range of topics including the ongoing legislative session; the brewing state budget negotiations; the status of statewide stormwater rule ratification; their picks for favorite articles; and Jeff’s favorite topic – the Rice’s Whale.

To read the Specifier online (wher...

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In this episode, Ryan and Brett complete the third in a series of conversations with the experts from Dewberry; this time discussing what happens before, during, and after large storm events and how to be prepared for the worst.

To talk them through the complicated maze of emergency preparation and response, they welcomed Stephanie Marsh and Trevor Noble to the show.

Trevor brought his real-life experience working in governme...

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In this episode, Ryan and Brett take a trip down memory lane to a conversation they had with Representative Bobby Payne back in July.  They discuss how the Representative got into state politics; what his philosophy of playing as a team has brought to his time in the Legislature so far; and how he became the “Water Guy” in the House of Representatives.

Payne even discussed how a good idea can get submarined by a lack of informat...

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In this episode, Ryan and Brett recorded their second conversation with a friend from Dewberry at the AIF Water Forum in Tampa where they get into the subject of working with smaller communities to meet the physical and regulatory demands of the present and future.

Their old friend, and Dewberry’s own, Lisa Kelley shares some of her time and expertise to talk through her approach to the challenges of the day, and the days to com...

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In this episode, Ryan and Brett take a trip down memory lane to a conversation they had with Representative Toby Overdorf back in July when they were in Marco Island for the Environmental Permitting Summer School. They discuss how the Representative got into state politics; what his experience as an environmental practitioner brings to the legislative process; and his eye-opening thoughts on Florida’s emerging PFOA/PFAS challenge.

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In this episode, Ryan and Brett take their show on the road to record at the AIF Water Forum in Tampa where they get into the subject of the combined challenge of restoring water quantity and quality at the same time in a state that’s growing by leaps and bounds.

Amy Tracy from Dewberry joins them to lend her expertise to the subject and expands on the integration of several disciplines to achieve better results for communities ...

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In this episode, the Florida Specifier’s Editorial Board gets together to talk about the November/December issue of the paper. Patrick, Ryan Matthews, Jeff Littlejohn, and Brett Cyphers cover a wide array of topics including what goes into choosing a front-page article; the most recent legislative committee week and special session; their picks for favorite articles; and how important suggestions from readers can be when creating h...

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November 16, 2023 30 mins

In this episode, Ryan and Brett discuss some of the past, present, and future of water conservation in Florida and how the state has stepped up in the last two decades to enlarge the “water pie”.  Their conversation partners are Chief Commercial Officer and Co-Founder of Greyter Water Systems, John Bell, and renowned water law expert, James Eklund of the Sherman and Howard Law Firm.

John and James talk about how residential...

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In this episode, the full complement of the Florida Specifier Editorial Board gets together to introduce the new Editor in Chief, Patrick Gillespie, and kick off the latest issue. Patrick, Ryan Matthews, Jeff Littlejohn, and Brett Cyphers talk about changes in format to the print and online editions; predictions on the statewide stormwater rule ratification; the AIF Water Forum; upcoming episodes of the podcast; and the articles in...

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