A development consultant and a farming company representative are Gov. Rick Scott’s two new appointees to the South Florida Water Management District board.
Frederick “Rick” Barber and Mitch Hutchcraft will fill two vacancies on the nine-member district board, Scott announced Friday.
Scott also reappointed Board Member Kevin Powers of Indiantown, who serves as the board vice chairman.
The district board oversees an agency charged with protecting water supplies, guarding against flooding and leading Everglades restoration.
Barber, 66, of Bonita Springs, is CEO of Agnoli, Barber & Brundage – an engineering, planning and surveying firm based in Naples, Fla. He has previously served on an advisory committee for the state Department of Environmental Protection.
Barber succeeds former board member Daniel DeLisi who recently resigned and then was hired as the district’s chief of staff. Barber serves the remainder of DeLisi’s term, ending in February 2015.
Hutchcraft, 46, of Ft. Myers, is vice president of King Ranch – which grows sugar cane, sod, sweet corn and other crops on about 20,000 acres in the Everglades Agricultural Area. He succeeds former board Chairman Joe Collins in a term that ends in March 17.
Powers, 42, a partner at Indiantown Realty, was appointed to another four-year term through March 2017.
The South Florida Water Management District, based in West Palm Beach, has about 1,600 employees and a $600 million budget fueled in part by South Florida property taxes. The district owns more than 1 million acres of land and oversees water issues in a 16-county region stretching from Orlando to the Keys.
The governor appoints the district’s nine board members, subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.Copyright © 2015, CT Now