Working together on Today's Challenges,
Tomorrow's Quality of Life
By Becky Ayech President ECOSWF
The Environmental Confederation of Southwest Florida (ECOSWF)
incorporated in the State of Florida in 1984. Over the last 33
years ECOSWF has consistently provided factual information to educate our
elected and appointed officials. This credibility is what makes
ECOSWF the respected organization it is.
Being a confederation of various organizations gives ECOSWF recognition
as an organization representing large numbers of organizations, their
members and ECOSWF’s individual members. Throughout the years,
ECOSWF’s Board of Directors has taken the responsibility of that
representation very seriously.
This representation has taken place at the local, regional, state,
federal levels and in the court room and administrative hearings.
To have ECOSWF representation on an issue, the issue must come before the
Board of Directors at one of its monthly meetings. The meetings
take place in three different geographical locations in order to make it
easy for you to access the Board.
The issue may be introduced by a Board member, a Cabinet member or one of
the individual members. The issue is fully vetted and the Board
will take a vote on the issue. Presentations before the Board must
be the same statement as the one made in the public arena.
Generally, this is done by a letter or email. The presenter should
come with the letter, thereby facilitating a timely statement by
This process has served ECOSWF well throughout the years.
ECOSWF will not support an issue if another ECOSWF member has a different
position or set of facts. (This occurred when Sarasota County
voted on their 2050 Comprehensive Plan.)
In order to be a member of ECOSWF, members must concur with ECOSWF’s
Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation. There have been
organizations which were denied membership because of conflict of
2017 will be a challenging year for environmentalists to educate
The more of us, the stronger the message. Please consider joining
ECOSWF’s Board of Directors. The more of you, the more issues
ECOSWF can cover.
Thank you for your continued support.