1000 Friends of Florida promotes healthy urban and natural places by wise management of growth and change.
We educate, advocate, negotiate to protect our high quality of life.
We help citizens have the technical knowledge and access needed to ensure that public and private decisions lead to livable communities
Our planners, attorneys and community activists work to protect natural areas, fight urban sprawl, promote sensible development patterns, and provide affordable housing.
Above all, we strive to give citizens the tools to keep Florida’s communities livable.
Founded in 1986, 1000 Friends of Florida is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization
1000 Friends At A Glance
1000 Friends is Florida’s only statewide nonprofit membership organization dedicated to promoting more effective growth management, good community planning and smart growth.
Current and former board members are state leaders who bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to our organization.
1000 Friends’ expert, experienced staff deal with all aspects of growth management and land use law in Florida, and includes members of the Florida Bar and American Institute of Certified Planners.
Our web site, at www.1000friendsofflorida.org, (www.1000fof.org) attracts more than 185,000 visitors a year and is the place to learn about planning and growth management in Florida.
Our annual awards ceremonies are held in winning communities across the state each year and honor this state’s leaders in promoting good community planning and smarter growth.
Our offices are located in Tallahassee and West Palm Beach.
We produce several newsletters each year on relevant Florida planning and growth manage issues.
Accomplishments At A Glance
Instrumental in passage and continuation of the William E. Sadowski Affordable Housing Act, the single largest dedicated revenue source for affordable housing in the nation, resulting in the production of over 100,000 units of affordable housing in Florida in the past decade.
Strong supporters of Preservation 2000 and Florida Forever, which to date have saved over a million acres of environmentally-sensitive lands.
Established the Palm Beach/Martin County Green Initiative to promote sound community planning, an educated citizenry, and effective advocacy in this region of the state. Played a key role in passage of Palm Beach County’s $150 million environmentally sensitive lands acquisition program and Martin County’s 1989 and 1998 sales tax referenda, which have generated more than $63 million to acquire sensitive lands.
Inaugurated the Florida Panhandle Initiative to improve land use planning, strengthen local capacity, and foster working coalitions in this rapidly changing region of Florida.
Launched Florida Greenways to create an “emerald necklace” of protected sensitive lands throughout the state. This effort is now administered by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Helped revitalize small coastal communities through the Waterfronts Florida program on behalf of the Florida Department of Community Affairs.
Public Policy – Since its inception in 1986, 1000 Friends has been a leader in promoting more effective public policy on growth management and good community planning. During each legislative session, 1000 Friends carefully monitors proposed legislation, supporting positive refinements to the growth management process, and working to halt harmful bills that promote sprawl and limit the rights of citizens to participate in their planning process. Through our e-mail alert system (at www.1000friendsofflorida.org), we provide timely updates on legislative and other growth management issues. We also work with state agencies to promote smarter growth policies, and have served on or staffed a variety of state panels and commissions.
Successful Communities –1000 Friends partners with numerous federal and state agencies and private organizations to promote better planning in Florida. We have partnered on recent projects with the Florida Department of State to better integrate historic resources and disaster planning, the Florida Department of Transportation to promote interagency interaction earlier in the transportation process, and the Florida Department of Community Affairs to develop a manual on springshed protection. In 2007 and 2008 we partnered with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to develop and community planning-based wildlife conservation guide. In addition 1000 Friends acted as an incubato
Since 1986, 1000 Friends of Florida’s experienced staff has partnered with citizens, community and state leaders, conservation and business groups and others to promote a sustainable Florida. Highlights include:
Building better communities
•Partnering to promote sustainable community design, revitalize waterfront communities, facilitate disaster planning for historic resources, and more
•Establishing the Palm Beach/Martin County Green Initiative and Florida Panhandle Initiative to promote sound community planning and effective advocacy
•Playing a leading role in relocating the Scripps Biomedical Research Institute campus from rural Palm Beach County to an infill site near existing roads and schools
•Instrumental in passage and continuation of Florida’s Sadowski Affordable Housing Act, a dedicated revenue source for housing for the most vulnerable populations
•Assisting local governments and nonprofits to promote workforce housing, and shaping public policy at the state and national levels
Saving special places
•Producing Florida 2060, which reveals that by 2060 roughly 7 million acres of additional land could be converted from rural to urban uses in Florida
•Supporting Preservation 2000 and Florida Forever, saving more than 2.4 million acres of sensitive lands. Continue to advocate for Florida Forever and a successor land acquisition program
•Launching Florida Greenways to create an “emerald necklace” of protected natural lands
•Advocating for Everglades Restoration, providing input on proposals that could impact restoration efforts
•Leading on springs protection planning, producing an award-winning manual, conducting workshops, and promoting legislation
•Supporting the creation of wildlife corridors and green infrastructure through a planning manual and workshops
•Leading a major summit on rural land conservation
Advocating on behalf of Floridians
•Championing over five dozen major administrative, appellate and Florida Supreme Court growth management legal cases with statewide significance
•Lobbying the Florida Legislature each year in support of sound planning
•Shaping key state legislation and public policy
Educating on smarter growth
•Producing more than forty handbooks and manuals
•Conducting hundreds of educational workshops and webinars
•Recognizing model efforts to save special places and build better communities through the annual Better Community Awards
•Reaching out via our website, Foresight, email alerts, Facebook and Twitter , the media and more
- Year established:1986
- Organization type:Grantseeker
- Country of registration:United States
- Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
- IRS Section:501(c)(3)
- IRS Subsection:None
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