Expert environmental engineer Dr. Gary Goforth is keynote speaker for The Committee of the Islands’ annual meeting, to be held 10 a.m., Friday, March 22, at the Community House. During the meeting, COTI will also name its 2019 Citizen of the Year.

Dr. Goforth has more than 35 years of experience in water resources engineering, specializing in hydrology and water quality. For the last 30 years, he has been involved with large-scale environmental restoration programs in the Kissimmee-Okeechobee-Everglades ecosystem, including the St. Lucie River and Caloosahatchee estuaries. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida Oceanographic Society. His address, “From Cradles of Life to Chambers of Death,” focuses on nutrient pollution in Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee watershed.

The public is invited to the general meeting and Goforth’s remarks. Light refreshments are served at 9:30 a.m. The general meeting begins at 10 a.m. COTI hold its business meeting, for members only, at 11 a.m. Memberships are available at the door.

The business meeting includes reports on the organization and its activities, and election of directors for the coming year. Nominees for reelection to a second term are Joyce Craig, Jan Holly, Erhard Joeres and Peter Walcott. Nominee for a one-year term as past president is Mike Miller.

For more information on the Committee of the Islands, contact President Mike Miller 239 395 0593 or visit the COTI website,