FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 10, 2013
NORTHWEST DISTRICT HOSTS OPEN HOUSE TO EDUCATE COMMUNITY ON DEP PROGRAMS
More than 100 guests visit informational booths with District staff.
PENSACOLA – Today, the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection's Northwest District hosted more than 100 community
members at an open house event aimed at growing the community’s awareness of
the organization’s mission, increasing communication and developing
collaborative relationships with the community.
Guests were invited to the
Department’s Northwest District office to meet the District’s staff and
Director, Shawn Hamilton. Experts from each of the District's regulatory
programs -- Waste, Air, Water, Environmental Resources Permitting and Compliance
Assurance -- were on hand to answer questions and provide information on their respective programs.
“I am pleased that more than
100 of our stakeholders took the time to join us today,” Hamilton said.
“We promote environmental protection through regulatory consistency,
accountability and partnerships with these stakeholders. Today allowed
the District’s staff, an opportunity to hear first-hand how they think
doing and what they think we can do better. Most of the feedback I heard today shows me we are on the right
Attendees also had an
opportunity to learn more about the Department's online resources. As the Department
continues its efforts to become paperless, many forms and records are now
available online. Staff provided overviews of what is available and showed
those who were interested how to access those databases.
Most importantly, the Northwest
District open house provided an opportunity for the District to receive
feedback. The Department is constantly looking for ways to improve services and
informational exchanges, such as this open house forum. The feedback received
helps drive strategy moving forward.
For those who were unable to attend today's open house event,
the Northwest District satellite office in Panama City will also be hosting the public in the coming months.