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  • Financial mechanisms - to fast track acquisition and restoration of the wetland storage areas, and develop the regional infrastructure for managing water  through direct negotiation with landowners;
  • Planning mechanisms - to direct community development around the regional infrastructure for managing water, and master plan the watershed for long-term water resource sustainabilitythrough interlocal agreements, and;
  • Institutional mechanisms - to transition to and build capacity for sustainable water resource management through innovation, collaboration, and sharing of responsibility - publicly and privately, and at all scales of governance.


The implementing mechanisms are highly interrelated:

  • The financial mechanisms create the water infrastructure around which the planning mechanisms are based, and;
  • The institutional mechanisms facilitate the decision-making required to implement the financial and planning mechanisms, and manage and maintain the infrastructure.


Creating the regional water infrastructure and and directing community development around that infrastructure are relatively straight forward to implement, as there are existing mechanisms to do these things. What is more difficult and will prove more challenging is transitioning to and building capacity for sustainable water resource management, as this will require changing the way we, as individuals, organizations, and institutions, have always done things. In this regard, we as people - the "soft stuff" - will prove to be the hard stuff.


Guidance for building a water-centric sustainable community in Winter Haven can be obtained by clicking here.

Celebrated Cypress Gardens skiers water skiing on Lake Silver

Planning mechanisms


Appendix B

Overview of planning mechanisms

Florida sector plans

Section 163.3245 Florida Statutes

Florida rural land stewardship areas

Section 163.3248 Florida Statutes

Florida local comprehensive plan

​Sections 163.2511-163.3253 Florida Statutes

Institutional mechanisms


Six Recommendations for Getting the Water Right in Florida

Presented to the Central Florida Water Initiative (CFWI) Steering Committee

CFWI Public Comments  June 27, 2104

Water quality scorecard

A tool to remove barriers and create incentives for water resource sustainability

Financial mechanisms


Appendix A

Overview of financial mechanisms

Florida local government development agreement act

Sections 163.3220-163.3242 Florida Statutes

The Sustainability Plan identifies immediate and long-term actions necessary to address the impacts associated with economic growth and protect the water resources necessary to sustain growth. The actions will be implemented through three mechanisms:

Actions & Milestones