The Community Advisory Board since its inception has focused on developing a list of strategies for achieving the goals of the ABSI Project, one of which is the development of restoration and management plans for the Apalachicola Bay System.
The document, called the Strategies Worksheet, is a living document, formed early in the CAB's deliberations and drawn from the views of over 65 local stakeholders interviewed by our facilitation team, Jeff Blair and Bob Jones; through a questionnaire given by the team to every member of the Community Advisory Board; and through reviews and revision at every CAB meeting since. These are not considered recommendations until the CAB decides that we have sufficient material to make them such.
At the September meeting, the CAB members agreed that the goals fell into two categories: one that falls within ABSI's purview:
- Goal A: A Healthy and Productive Bay Ecosystem
- Goal B: Sustainable Management of Oyster Resources
- Goal C: Science-Informed Ecosystem-Based Management & Restoration Plan Supported by Apalachicola Bay System Stakeholders
and those that do not: those that would be carried out after the management plan is in place and others after restoration of the Bay:
- Goal D: A Thriving Economy Connected to a Restored ABS
- Goal E: An Engaged Stakeholder Community and Informed Public
To ensure complete transparency, ABSI presents on the Community Advisory Board's website the entire history of the deliberations following from each meeting, copies of all presentations, and a recording of each meeting since March 2020
Note: Due to COVID-19, meetings of the CAB have taken place virtually using ZOOM since the May 2020 meeting and will continue to be virtual until further notice. Members of the public are welcome to call in during meetings. Directions for doing so are on the website.