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FLMS 35th Annual Technical Symposium

August 27 – 30, 2024
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point
5001 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs, Florida

A tall building overlooking an estuary and the Gulf of Mexico

Schedule and Agenda

The draft agenda is posted!

Workshops – Tuesday, August 27, 2024
Technical Sessions – Wednesday-Friday, August 28 – 30, 2024

DACS Aquatics CEUs and Engineering PDHs will available! See the program page for sessions with CEUs. Engineering PDHs provided for all sessions. Below are the CEUs that were provided for 2023.

DACS Category2023 Total Hours
487 Core or 482 Core5.0
Aquatic Weed Control8.0

Special Events

Tuesday – Student/FLMS Board Meet & Greet

This event is specifically for our student attendees and current & past board members only. 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 – H2O-lympics are back!

Since we had such a fun time with the H2O-lympics last time we were at Coconut Point, we can’t help but have them again. Rumor has it that the previous winning team will be bringing their trophy as bragging rights. Get ready for a ton of fun all for a good cause, our students! Teams are two people and you can sign up together or we can assign you a partner. Guests are welcome! Tickets will be $30 per team and you’ll sign up on site. This evening is a riot! Guests are welcome!

Exhibitors & Sponsors

We can’t do it without YOU! Please visit our special page just for you!


Early Bird (ends 8/10/24)Regular Rates (8/11-9/1/24)
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
Friday only$99$139

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

COVID-19 Statement

FLMS cares about your health and safety. FLMS will follow the rules and guidelines of the CDC, State of Florida, Lee County and the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort as they relate to the time frame of FLMS 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 yourself! 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 that virtual year? We do!

The 2020 Virtual Symposium

The 2019 Symposium at Hawks Cay

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Dr. Harvey Harper (L) receives the Marjorie Carr Award, the Society’s highest award for lifetime achievement, from FLMS President Robbin Huffines.
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Student scholarship fundraiser after hours field trip to Key West

The 2017 Symposium 

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Dr. Jim Griffin – Marjorie Carr Award Recipient
L-R FLMS President Ron Hart, Nella Griffin, Jim Griffin, FLMS Treasurer Lance Lumbard

The 2016 Symposium

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Fish ID Workshop
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General Session
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Student/Board Meet & Greet
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Poster Session
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Dr. Dana Stephens Receives Young Professional Award
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Sergio Duarte Gives Love Your Lake Grant Update
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Annual Business Luncheon
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Ann Shortelle Receives the Edward Deevey, Jr. Award
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Dr. Daniel Canfield Volunteerism Award is Given to LAKEWATCH
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Colin, Jeff & Chris win the Golf Tourney – Again!
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Kevin McCann Memorial Scholarship Fund Putt Putt Tourney Gang!
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John Walkinshaw Presents Todd Olson with 2016’s President’s Award
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FLMS President Ron Hart Presents Chao Xiong with Student Poster Award
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Awesome Putt Putt Players!!

A Look Back at 2015!

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Person looking at a small pond
Person looking at a small pond

Pre-Symposium Workshop – SOPs of Surface Water Sampling presented by FDEP staff.

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People standing around

Pre-Symposium Workshop – Macroinvertebrate surveys

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Pre-Symposium Workshop – Using climate data in lake management
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Tuesday Welcome address by Vice President & Program Co-Chair John Walkinshaw and Conference Chair Ron Hart
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Keynote Speaker – Judy Ott of Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program
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Judges at a table

(R) Keynote Speaker – Judy Ott of Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program


General session and panel discussions

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Tuesday Guest Luncheon Speaker – Beacham Furse – Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

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Crowd of people
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Tuesday evening Exhibitors’ Social & Poster Session

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Crowd of people near exhibits
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(L) Wednesday Keynote Speaker Mark Hoyer – University of Florida/LAKEWATCH

(R) NALMS President Reed Green, Incoming FLMS President John Walkinshaw & NALMS Treasurer Mike Perry

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Passing the gavel – Past-president Jennifer Sagan and Incoming President John Walkinshaw

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 This year’s Kevin McCann Memorial Scholarship Recipients with FLMS Admin Maryann
(L-R Molly Klinepeter, Mriganka De, Maryann Krisovitch & Rob Sierzega)

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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)

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4 people gathered

Second and third place golf teams

(L-R Robert Criste, Steve Beeman, John Selby, Andy Chapman, Ron Hart, Matt & Todd Olson, Lance Lumbard)

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Maryann post-symposium!

Remembering 2014!

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.

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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.

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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.

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Crowd of people


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.

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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. 

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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!

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