President's Message

Howard Ehmke is the 2023 FSMS President.

May 2023


Two more Tri-Chapter meetings wow, it’s been great. Rebecca and I attended the Collier-Lee, Charlotte Harbor, and Manasota on April 26th and we attended the Ridge, Central and Tampa Bay on April 27th.

I encourage you to make plans to attend the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society (FSMS) Annual Conference Week of July 26-29 at the Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel, FL!

Also, there is the FIG working week which runs from May 28th through June 1st. This is a good opportunity to see what the rest of the world does in the field of surveying. Visit

Mr. Lou Campanile, Jr. attended the NSPS conference in Arlington, Virginia and had some interesting things to report:


  • With no title work, one cannot title a survey an ALTA/NSPS LAND TITLE SURVEY (case in point: surveys on solar sites).
  • Standards will be updated in 2026 and every 5 years thereafter.

  • Look for a new standard of reflecting the relationship of set/found points to ground surface (e.g., 2” pipe 10” above ground, or 1” pipe 12” below grade).

  • There is Federal Aid for certain Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) that will fund a military person’s salary for the last six months of their service, but those folks will be working (transitioning) in the private sector. This is workforce development related and will provide 6 months of training on the Military’s dime. Surveying is a MOS.
  • Deregulation was a big topic. Apparently, North Carolina has been deregulated.

Various legislation was discussed, including:
  • Images Act
  • Base Mapping Act
  • Digital Coast Act
  • Farm Bill Base Mapping Act
  • Sinkhole Mapping Act, which is legislation sponsored by Rep Darren Soto(Kissimmee). This is a link to that proposed legislation:

I encourage you to read his full report:

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