State Reps. Paul Renner, Bobby Payne to host St. Johns River Forum on Monday

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The event will take place Monday, Aug 26 in Palatka, Florida.

Republican State Reps. Paul Renner, of Palm Coast, and Bobby Payne, of Palatka, will host St. Johns River Forum on Monday. 

The goal of the forum is to “discuss issues of importance for the St. Johns River and other Northeast Florida waterways with local and state leaders,” according to a news release. 

Among the notable attendees is Noah Valenstein who is the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary. 

He will be joined by state and local politicians and various members of the St. Johns River Water Management District, St. Johns River State College and the Florida Chamber of Commerce to address issues directly impacting St. Johns River.

The Forum is open to the public and offers a unique opportunity for constituents with concerns for Northeast Florida waterways to speak directly with some of their legislators and other local leaders of influence.

The full attendee’s list includes the following participants, in addition to Valenstein:

Kevin Cleary, Legislative Affairs Director, Florida Department of Environmental Protection

— Sen. Ben Albritton 

— Sen. Rob Bradley 

— Rep. Thad Altman 

— Rep. Chuck Clemons 

— Rep. Travis Cummings 

— Rep. Wyman Duggan 

— Rep. Elizabeth Fetterhoff 

— Rep. Randy Fine 

— Rep. Blaise Ingoglia 

— Rep. Stan McClain 

— Rep. Toby Overdorf 

— Dr. Ann Shortelle, Executive Director, St. Johns River Water Management District

Adam Lovejoy, Governmental Affairs Director, St. Johns River Water Management District

Jim Troiano, Intergovernmental Coordinator, St. Johns River Water Management District

Dale Jenkins, Bureau Chief, Project Manager, St. Johns River Water Management District

Scott Laidlaw, Bureau Chief, Water Supply Planning, St. Johns River Water Management District

Joe Pickens, President, St. Johns River State College

Frank Walker, Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Florida Chamber of Commerce

Tony Carvajal, Executive Vice President, Florida Chamber Foundation

If you’d like to attend the Palatka event on here’s what you need to know:


Monday, Aug 26

10AM – 12:30PM.


St. Johns River Center

102 North 1st Street

Palatka, FL 32177

Melissa S. Razdrih

Melissa S. Razdrih is a Tampa correspondent for Florida Politics. Razdrih graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the University of Tampa in 2006 and went on to earn a Master's degree before switching gears to write professionally. Since then, Razdrih has been published in national blogs, like PopSugar, and local publications, like Tampa Bay Business and Wealth, on everything from self-care to cryptocurrency, but politics is her passion. Contact her at [email protected].


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