SWFAEP Luncheon & Tour of Celery Fields


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When: June 24, 2016 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Where: Celery Fields (6893 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota, FL)

About the Event:

Join SWFAEP for lunch with a presentation and guided tour of the facilities. The presentation will be lead by Ronnie Van Fleet and Peter Peduzzi and will include the history of Celery Fields as well as the purpose, design, and construction of this restoration project.

Once serving as an agricultural operation in the early 1900’s, 100 acres of wetland restoration was conducted at Celery Fields. More than 20,000 aquatic plants and trees were planted, and two boardwalks have been installed. This project will add additional walking and biking trails, fishing, kayaking, and wildlife viewing in the future for the use by the entire community. Celery Fields now serves as an ideal location for wildlife watching and passive recreational use. Consisting of more than 300 acres, Celery fields also serves as Sarasota County’s primary storm water collection zone, giving it a dual purpose of public safety and recreation.

About the Presenters:

Ronnie Van  Fleet is an senior scientist with VHB. He has a BS in Ecology and MS in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.  Ron has 13 years of experience with Sarasota County where he was responsible for managing the environmental impacts of County infrastructure projects and conducted some of the largest wetland restoration and mitigation projects in Sarasota County. During the last 12 years, Ron has worked for VHB doing various environmental permitting and water resource projects for Tampa Bay Water, SWFWMD, and local municipalities. Ron has worked on the Celery Fields since the early 1990s. In 2010, he was the environmental consultant on the development of Phase III of the Celery Fields Regional Stormwater Facility and he is currently working on an integrated management plan for the site.

Peter Peduzzi is a Project Manager with Sarasota County Public Works Capital Projects. He has over 22 years’ experience managing various capital projects for the County. He is a registered professional engineer, P.E. His duties with this project include managing the design, permitting, advertising projects for construction.  He has worked with the Celery Fields project since 2004 to the present managing various aspects of the capital work.

Cost: $10.00 for FAEP Members or $20.00 for Non-Members (lunch is included)