FLMS 31st Annual Technical Symposium 

August 25-28, 2020

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, Bonita Springs, Florida

Symposium Information

Tuesday, August 25
Click here to view our technical Workshops

Wednesday – Friday, August 26-28

Click here to get info on general Sessions

(Click here to get DACS Aquatics CEUS and Engineering PDHs which are available!)

Call for Abstracts Deadlines (click here):

Short abstract & Bio – March 31, 2020

Full abstract – May 10, 2020

Program Agenda

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Exhibitor/Sponsor Registration is Open

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Individual Registration Information

Individual Registration is Open! (Click here)

 Early Bird (ends 8/1/20)Regular Rates (8/2-8/28/20)
3 day symposium$260$310
Tuesday 1/2 day workshop$50$75
Tuesday full day workshop$100$125
Wednesday or Thursday only$125 each$175 each
Friday only$85$110

Payment fee notice

A registration fee applies to all registrations.
A processing fee applies to credit card users.
Neither of these fees is TAX.  FLMS does not charge tax.  Both are user fees charged by the registration and credit card companies.  To avoid the credit card fee, you may select pay by check at the end of your registration process and mail a check to the address above.

Checks for registration should be mailed to FLMS, 6701 Lake Kirkland Drive, Clermont, FL 34714


Hotel Information: Hyatt Regency Coconut Point

Our room block fills fast and we mean fast!!!  This year the room rate for FLMS attendees is $159/night.  The cut off date for this rate is August 4, 2020.  Included in this rate are self parking, WiFi, ferry to hotel’s secluded island, 2 bottles of water daily in your room, beach chairs & umbrellas on the hotel’s beach, resort trolley, rock climbing wall and DVD rentals.  Wow!

To reserve your room, call the hotel at 888-421-1442.  Be sure to note you are with FLMS to get the special room rate.  The room rate is also available based on room availability 3 day pre and post symposium.

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The 2019 Symposium

                        Poster Session                                             Outgoing President Rob Burnes (R) passes the gavel to
                                                                                incoming President Robbin Huffines (L)

Dr. Harvey Harper (L) receives the Marjorie Carr Award, the Society’s highest award for lifetime achievement, from FLMS President Robbin Huffines.

Student scholarship fundraiser after hours field trip to Key West

The 2017 Symposium 

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

The 2016 Symposium

Fish ID Workshop                                                             General Session

Student/Board Meet & Greet                                                         Poster Session

Dana Stephens Receives Young Professional Award              Sergio Duarte Gives Love Your Lake Grant Update

 Annual Business Luncheon                                                      Ann Shortelle Receives the Edward Deevey, Jr. Award

Dr. Daniel Canfield Volunteerism Award is Given to LAKEWATCH             Colin, Jeff & Chris win the Golf Tourney – Again!

Kevin McCann Memorial Scholarship Fund Putt Putt Tourney Gang!

John Walkinshaw Presents Todd Olson with 2016’s President’s Award                      Chao Xiong Wins Student Poster Award

Awesome Putt Putt Players!!

A Look Back at 2015!

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

Pre-Symposium Workshop – Macroinvertebrate surveys

Pre-Symposium Workshop – Using climate data in lake management

(L) Tuesday Welcome address by Vice President & Program Co-Chair John Walkinshaw and Conference Chair Ron Hart

(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)

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.

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!