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Community Forum on Climate Change, Lutheran Church of the Cross, St. Petersburg

April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This public forum, hosted at the Lutheran Church of the Cross, 4545 Chancellor Street NE St. Petersburg, FL 33703, will discuss climate change, including the challenges, the impacts and the sustainability. This informative evening of presentations with audience participation through questions and answers from knowledgeable professionals will be held at 7:00 PM on April 23, 2019. The forum is free and all are welcome. Parking is free and the forum is handicap accessible.


The panel of experts will include:

Jacqueline Dixon, Ph.D., Dean, College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida. Dr. Dixon received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Geology from Stanford University and her PH.D. in Geochemistry from the California Institute of Technology. She will be addressing why climate change is occurring and the many challenges associated with climate change. Will climate change continue to happen? What is the general outlook and the scientific investigation supporting climate change? Her talk is intended to inform the audience about what is known from
the scientists studying climate change.

Maya Burke, B. A., is the Science Policy Coordinator for the Tampa Bay Estuary Program. Maya Burke manages habitat restoration and water quality improvement projects, facilitates working groups and distills Tampa Bay specific research for a broader audience. She is a member of the Tampa Bay Climate Science Advisory Panel and co-author of Recommended Projection of Sea Level Rise for the Tampa Bay Region. She will discuss the impact of sea level rise and storm surge on our critical infrastructure and the challenges that climate change will bring to our daily lives.

Sharon Wright, ACIP, LEED AP BD+C.ENV SP, M.S. in City and Regional Planning is the Sustainability and Resiliency Director for the City of Saint Petersburg assigned to deliver Mayor Kriseman’s sustainability priorities. Sharon will discuss plans and solutions, both real and potential, that the City of St. Petersburg is addressing.  Sharon will offer possible solutions to many of the challenges raised by the previous speakers. What is the city presently doing? What is it they are planning and committed to? What are the expected results? What is presently being done to address the potential problems that are likely to occur as a result of rising sea levels or the other impacts of climate change?

Paul Tash is the Chairman and CEO of the Times Publishing Company.  Mr. Tash graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University. He received a Marshall Scholarship and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Laws degree from Edinburgh University in Scotland. Mr. Tash also received the Distinguish Alumni Service Award in 2012 from Indiana University and is a member of the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame. The Tampa Bay Times has won 12 Pulitzer Prizes. His vast business experience has prepared him well to serve as our Forum Moderator to effectively manage and control the forum, while assisting the speakers as well as providing an effective question and answer period.

The forum will allow the audience to have a better understanding of why climate change is occurring, learn that it is more than just rising sea water and flooding, but leads to more hurricanes, more severe storms, above average rainfall, more respiratory infections and the killing of our sea grass that helps protect and clean our bay and much more. This is also an opportunity to ask the speakers questions of interest to you.

Given the limited space available seating will be on a first come first serve basis. Handicap parking is available and accessible. For more information visit the LCC website:

Lutheran Church of The Cross is located 4545 Chancellor Street NE, St Petersburg, Florida 33703

Contact: Bob Fredericks Phone 727-580-0881 or e-mail


April 23
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm