FLMS 34th Annual Technical Symposium
August 29 to September 1, 2023
Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf & Spa Resort
4114 Jan Cooley Drive, Panama City Beach, Florida
Schedule and Agenda
The 2023 program is being developed. Click here to see what happened in 2022
Workshops – Tuesday, August 29, 2023
Technical Sessions – Wednesday-Friday, August 30 – September 1, 2023
DACS Aquatics CEUs and Engineering PDHs will be posted when available!
|DACS Category||2022 Total Hours Available|
|Aquatic Weed Control||11.5|
Tuesday – Student/FLMS Board Meet & Greet
This event is specifically for our student attendees. We want you to meet our board members in a small setting before you meet the other 150 of us! Pizza and beverages will be served.
Wednesday – Hospitality Suite
A long-standing FLMS tradition! Join us immediately following the poster session and exhibitor social for food, drinks, catching up with old friends and making new ones!
Thursday – FLMS H2O-lympics
Join the FLMS family on the Thursday at 6pm for the H2O-lympics! Teams of two or four will compete in several challenges for the coveted FLMS trophy and bragging rights. Sign up at the FLMS registration desk at the symposium. The fee is $20 per person and all proceeds go to support our student scholarship fund. You can sign up a whole team or as an individual and we’ll assign you to a team. It’s also a great way to meet other attendees! Family members are welcome to participate. Cash bar will be available.
Exhibitors & Sponsors
We can’t do it without YOU! Please visit our special page just for you!
|Early Bird (ends 8/1/23)||Regular Rates (8/2-9/1/23)|
|3 day symposium||$399||$449|
|Tuesday half day workshop||$50||$75|
|Tuesday full day workshop||$100||$125|
|Wednesday or Thursday only||$229 each||$279 each|
Included with your registration are the following:
One year FLMS membership
Wednesday & Thursday include breakfast, AM & PM beverage breaks plus lunch
Friday includes breakfast and AM break
If you add on workshops – Tuesday workshops include AM & PM beverage breaks plus lunch
FLMS cares about your health and safety. We will have masks and sanitizers available for attendees to use as needed. FLMS will follow the rules and guidelines of the CDC, State of Florida, Bay County and the Sheraton Panama City Beach as they relate to the time frame FLMS is meeting. If at any time during the event you feel unwell, please return to your room and notify FLMS staff. If you register and feel unwell or test positive or have been around someone who tested positive, please stay home and take care of you! FLMS will provide you with a registration transfer to the following year.
Stay tuned for more details and thank you for your support! We can’t wait to SEE YOU!!!!
Remember when we used to meet face to face? We do!
The 2020 Virtual Symposium
The 2019 Symposium at Hawks Cay
The 2017 Symposium
The 2016 Symposium
A Look Back at 2015!
Pre-Symposium Workshop – SOPs of Surface Water Sampling presented by FDEP staff.
Pre-Symposium Workshop – Macroinvertebrate surveys
(R) Keynote Speaker – Judy Ott of Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program
General session and panel discussions
Tuesday Guest Luncheon Speaker – Beacham Furse – Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
Tuesday evening Exhibitors’ Social & Poster Session
(L) Wednesday Keynote Speaker Mark Hoyer – University of Florida/LAKEWATCH
(R) NALMS President Reed Green, Incoming FLMS President John Walkinshaw & NALMS Treasurer Mike Perry
Passing the gavel – Past-president Jennifer Sagan and Incoming President John Walkinshaw
This year’s Kevin McCann Memorial Scholarship Recipients with FLMS Admin Maryann
(L-R Molly Klinepeter, Mriganka De, Maryann Krisovitch & Rob Sierzega)
The winning team for the 6th Annual Kevin McCann Memorial Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament.
This year’s tournament raised $600 for the fund!
(L-R Jeremy Slade, Craig Smith, Troy Knowlton, Colin Kirk)
Second and third place golf teams
(L-R Robert Criste, Steve Beeman, John Selby, Andy Chapman, Ron Hart, Matt & Todd Olson, Lance Lumbard)
As we close the book on another successful technical symposium, let’s take a look back at the 2014 event!
Wednesday’s Incredible Race Student Fundraiser Event was held at the Florida Oceanographic Society’s Coastal Center. The winners of the event were Danielle Marshall & Sam Arden, Dana Dettmar & Mark Lucius and Serge and Barb Thomas.
Both events raised a combined $900 to support the Kevin McCann Student Scholarship Fund which provides travel funding for students to attend the FLMS symposium.
Following a humorous look back at FLMS over the past 25 years with Board President Jennifer Sagan, this year’s keynote speaker at the opening session was long-time FLMS and NALMS member and supporter, Marty Kelly of Atkins North America. Marty provided his perspective on water quality and water quantity issues affecting Florida over the past 25 years.
Tuesday evening ended with our poster session and Exhibitors Social. Many thanks go out to our exhibitors and sponsors who make this event financially possible. Please visit our exhibitors page for a full listing.
Wednesday’s morning keynote speaker was Julie Espy of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Julie’s presentation focused on restoration and protection efforts throughout Florida.
Our annual business meeting and banquet special lunch speaker was Florida Senator Charlie Dean who spoke on his life-long history in Florida and his love of our environment and the need for its protection.
Following Senator Dean, FLMS honored its long-time Treasurer, Mike Perry. Mike has served on the FLMS Board for the past 12 years and has been Treasurer for the past ten years. He currently serves as the Treasurer for NALMS. We say a BIG THANK YOU to Mike for his dedication!