Lake Okeechobee Development And Implementation Of A Controversial Management Program

This paper outlines procedures used in obtaining approval of a management program. After intense inter-division communication and cooperation, field personnel of the Fisheries, Law Enforcement, and Information-Education Divisions of the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission presented an outline ofthis controversial plan to respective division chiefs for review and refinement. The program was presented to the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission by the supervisory staff for approval. Local civic, conservation, and governmental bodies were contacted by field level personnel to provide general concepts ofthe program. Public meetings were held to assess public reaction to the plan. After economic analysis indicated feasibility of the program, enabling legislation was obtained to provide funds and additional personnel to supervise the program.

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