2014 Legislative Session Winner: Anfield Consulting

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If Florida’s water resources had a voice, that voice would holler a big thank you to the Legislature for its attentive ear in 2014. And would likely shout an even louder thank you to the team at Anfield Consulting for advocating so vigorously for all things water.

Anfield, commonly known in the Capitol as “the water guys” (and otherwise known as Frank Bernardino, Lee Killinger, and Albert Balido), delivered this precious resource a nearly uncountable number of wins this session.

Anfield successfully secured funding for multiple public and private-sector clients promoting initiatives such as the protection of the environment (Indian River Lagoon and Lake Okeechobee Package in the Senate), local water projects benefiting the residents of various cities and counties, the development of regional water supplies, the enhancement and protection of water supplies, and local water treatment initiatives.

In the policy arena, Anfield worked on behalf of its clients with policymakers to secure positive changes to legislation relating to springs protection, reclaimed water, and wastewater regulation. They were trusted advisors on water funding to Rep. Ben Albritton and Sen. Alan Hays in particular.

Through its involvement with Florida Water Advocates, Anfield continued to shed light on the need for statewide water infrastructure funding and was invited to make presentations before legislative committees with this well-received message.

Anfield’s efforts in this area are reflected in the Legislature dedicating the highest state funding levels in the past six years to water resources — not just in terms of dollar amounts, but in terms of the share of the budget dedicated to it. Anfield’s expertise and partnerships are no doubt a driving force behind H20’s big wins in 2014.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.