2020 Annual Meeting

CCPIO meets this year in Florida, August 2-4, 2020.

Greetings from sunny Florida. I already am getting questions from CCPIO members who are starting to plan their annual travel schedules. So I thought I should send out a general email to give you some basics on our 2020 meeting in Florida’s capital city, Tallahassee, on Aug. 2 through 5, 2020.

Tallahassee sits in Florida’s northern Red Hills Region not far from the border with Georgia. As both a capital city and the home of two big universities, FSU and FAMU, it has the amenities of a much larger city. The city also is well known for its canopy roads draped with Spanish moss, its historic sites as one of the oldest cities in Florida, and its obsession with FSU Seminole and FAMU Rattler sports.

The area around Tallahassee is especially known for its many natural springs including one of the largest in the world, Wakulla Springs. We hope to have an optional evening event at the historic old lodge built on Wakulla Springs with DuPont money that a wily Floridian “stole” from Delaware. Right, Sean O’Sullivan?

The springs themselves have been used for jungle and underwater scenes in a number of Hollywood movies, including the cult classic Creature from the Black Lagoon.If you are looking for drivable after-meeting vacation opportunities, Tallahassee also is an easy drive to the stunning white-sand beaches of the Northern Gulf Coast.

There, you will find quaint ocean towns like upscale Seaside and the funky hippie-influenced fishing village of Grayton Beach.There are a large number of state parks in the region like famed Topsail Hill Preserve that offer some of the best camping, hiking, fishing, and kayaking in the state. And Tallahassee is only a few hours’ drive to popular attractions like Orlando’s theme parks.

The Florida Planning Team is in the final stages of contract negotiations with the Tallahassee Hilton Doubletree Hotel right now. We will get a web link for hotel registration out to you as soon as it is finalized. But at the present, we have negotiated a room rate of $129 a night before taxes. That rate includes a warm buffet breakfast each morning and free shuttle from the airport about 6.5 miles away.

All meeting venues are in the hotel and within walking distance of the hotel, except for optional evening events.Our tentative agenda approved by the Education Committee includes cutting-edge topics like dealing with disinformation and “disruptors,” cybersecurity and foreign hacking, and a look at the coming presidential election this fall in light of lessons learned since the Bush v. Gore election crisis happened here in Tallahassee exactly 20 years ago.

We also hope to introduce you to Florida’s beloved “Judge Nina” who was the prime force behind convincing a lot of reluctant judges to adopt Florida’s pioneering Court Communications Plan.If you have suggestions and speaker ideas, the Florida Team would love to hear about them as we refine the Education Committee’s proposal for final approval by the Board.

We truly want to include qualified speakers who represent the diversity of our nation and its courts.Feel free to contact me directly if you need additional information as you plan your trip to Florida’s.

Craig Waters
Director, Public Information Office
Florida Supreme Court
500 South Duval Street
Tallahassee FL 32399-1925
850-414-7641

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