2020 Lay of the Land Conference Recap and Resources

Thank you for attending the 2020 Lay of the Land Conference, and for your feedback to our survey. We strive for improvements each year and your comments and suggestions help us as we plan for this event. Please enjoy the resources below and we look forward to our time together again next year.

Presentations & Audio Recordings

Photo of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
Ron DeSantis, 46th Governor of Florida

DeSantis Highlights Florida’s Strong Economy at Lay of the Land Conference

DeSantis pointed out some indicators that Florida is economically strong, including the state’s low unemployment rate of approximately 3 percent. He added that Florida’s state budget is about half that of New York state even though Florida has a higher population.

The governor spent several minutes declaring that a college degree is no longer essential to achieve financial success. He said some with a high school diploma and a skill like welding will make more money than “the bottom half” of those with college degrees, and without incurring student debt. “Nobody’s better because they get a 4-year degree,” he declared.

Related to his efforts to strengthen Florida’s ecology and conservation efforts, DeSantis spoke about water management efforts, particularly in the Everglades, and the state’s land purchases.

Audio

General Session Speakers

Kirk Goble,
ALC

The Bell 5 Land Company
Hemp Updates
Audio
(Slides unavailable)

Marian Johnson

Florida Chamber of Commerce
Legislative Updates
Audio
Slides

Kevin Maggiacomo

SVN International Corporation
National Commercial Real Estate Updates
Audio
Slides

Gary M. Ralston,
CCIM, SIOR

SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler
Florida Economic Update
Audio
Slides

Dean Saunders,
ALC, CCIM

SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler
2019 Lay of the Land
Market Report
Audio
Slides

Mark Vitner

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC
National Economic Update
Audio
Slides

Water Management Panel

Moderated by Michael Minton,
Chair of Dean Mead’s Agribusiness Industry Team and the new Solar Energy Industry Team

Audio

Brian J. Armstrong,
P.D.

Southwest Florida Water Management District

Slides

Drew Bartlett

South Florida Water Management District

Slides

Ann B. Shortelle,
Ph.D

St. Johns River Water Management District

Slides

Hugh Thomas

Suwannee River Water Management District

Slides

Breakout Sessions

INTERNATIONAL


Christina “Christy” Kurtz-Clark, CCIM, ALC
(moderator)
SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler

Amr T. Gawad, P.E.
True Engineering

Garrett J. Kenny
Feltrim

Ken Pierce, CCIM, CIPS
Pierce Florida Realty

Audio
Slides – Gawad, Kenny

TRANSPORTATION


R. Todd Dantzler, CCIM
(moderator)

SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler

Rick Homans 
Tampa Bay Partnership

Huiwei Shen
Florida DOT

William N. Watts, Jr., P.E.
Florida DOT

Audio
Slides – Homans, FDOT

LANDOWNER


Dean Saunders, ALC, CCIM (moderator)

SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler

Bartley E. Arrington
The Mosaic Company

Bill Calton
Weyerhaeuser

Mallory Lykes Dimmitt
Lykes Bros. Inc.

Erik Jacobsen
AgReserves

Audio
No Slides – Q&A Only

HEMP REGULATION


Carson Futch
(moderator)

SVN | Saunders Ralston Dantzler

Ricardo Alvarez
FDACS

Kirk Goble, ALC
The Bell 5 Land Company

Daniel R. Russell
Dean Mead

Audio
No Slides – Q&A Only

Photo Gallery