WLRN to Broadcast Congressional Town Hall Held During Regional Climate Summit
- Town Hall is free and members of the public are encouraged to participate -
DATE: October 10, 2013
For Broward County: Jason Liechty, Natural Resources Planning and Management Division
PHONE: 954-519-0310

For WLRN: Adrienne Kennedy, Special Projects Manager, WLRN
PHONE: 305-995-2256

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - South Florida’s National Public Radio affiliate, WLRN-FM, will broadcast the Coastal Communities Congressional Town Hall taking place as part of the Fifth Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit on November 7-8, 2013, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. The Town Hall is a highlight of the Summit and will feature members of Congress from Florida and other coastal states as well as local leaders and constituents sharing their views on climate issues facing the region and country.

The live Town Hall will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 7, and will be moderated by WLRN Special Correspondent Tom Hudson, host of the radio station’s “Sunshine Economy” series and former co-anchor and managing editor of “Nightly Business Report” on public television. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Visit compactsummit.eventbrite.com for registration and additional event information.

The WLRN radio broadcast of the Town Hall will be Wednesday, November 13, at noon, on WLRN-FM 91.3FM in South Florida, WKWM-FM 91.5FM in the Florida Keys. The broadcast will be part of a weeklong look at the issue of sea level rise on WLRN called Elevation Zero: Rising Seas in South Florida.

“We are excited about the partnership with WLRN for this year’s Summit because it will bring a much broader audience to the increasingly prominent conversation of community resilience and sea level rise,” said Dr. Jennifer Jurado, director of Broward County’s Natural Resources and Planning Division. Broward County is hosting this year’s Summit in partnership with City of Fort Lauderdale.

WLRN’s sponsorship includes on-air and online coverage of the Town Hall and the broader two-day Summit, which was originated in 2009 by members of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, a collaboration of the four counties of southeast Florida (Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach), local municipalities and other stakeholders.

More than 300 elected officials, federal agency representatives, experts from local governments, scientists, and nonprofit and business leaders are expected to attend this year’s Summit, which is also open to the public, but requires a $50 advance registration. For more information, visit compactsummit.eventbrite.com.   

Summit session topics include:

• lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy
• building coastal resilience
• financial, insurance and real estate markets
• community energy strategies
• local climate action and regional leadership

About WLRN
WLRN-FM is owned by the Miami-Dade County Public Schools and is south Florida’s National Public Radio affiliate. It broadcasts at 91.3 FM in south Florida and simulcasts on WKWM 91.5 FM in the Florida Keys. WLRN has made news coverage of sea level rise issues a priority in recent years, and plans to provide even greater coverage in the future. More than a quarter-million people tune into WLRN-FM each week.

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