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St. Johns River Water Management District

St. Johns River Water Management District
The St. Johns River Water Management District is one of five regional agencies in Florida that have authority to tax, issue water permits and regulate wetlands. The nine members of the St. Johns board meet monthly at headquarters in Palatka, Fla. They are appointed by the governor, a system sometimes criticized as giving too much power to non-elected officials. The district, run by about 700 employees, includes the St. Johns River basin in 18 counties from Georgia to Okeechobee County.
The St. Johns River Water Management District is one of five regional agencies in Florida that have authority to tax, issue water permits and regulate wetlands. The nine members of the St. Johns board meet monthly at headquarters in Palatka, Fla. They are appointed by the governor, a system sometimes criticized as giving too much power to non-elected officials. The district, run by about 700 employees, includes the St. Johns River basin in 18 counties from Georgia to Okeechobee County. « Show less

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  • Water district lays off senior staff at behest of developers

     
    By Kevin Spear, Orlando Sentinel Mass layoffs at the state agency most responsible for protecting Central Florida's waters and wetlands were ordered by Gov. Rick Scott and lawmakers as a break for taxpayers, but the forced departures of key regulators...
  • St. Johns water district chief moves up departure date

     
    Turmoil at the St. Johns River Water Management District continues today as Executive Director Kirby Green has announced he will leave the agency Oct. 3. Green, who has led the water district for a decade, had been planning to leave early next year,...
  • Amid state-induced budget squeeze, water districts scrambling

     
    By Kevin Spear, Orlando Sentinel The powerful agency regulating Central and North Florida's water supply has sustained a more than 25 percent cut in its tax revenue, its employees say morale is the lowest in memory, and orders from the governor to...
  • Slump lets Florida delay hard choices on water -- for now

    Slump lets Florida delay hard choices on water -- for now
    Florida's water glass is almost empty. As the state's population explosion pushed into this decade, growing communities panicked over their worsening thirst. Authorities banned lawn sprinkling on all but one day a week, utilities cooperated in hopes of...
  • Segal points to business experience

    Segal points to business experience
    In the mayor's race, Orange County Commissioner Bill Segal says he is all business. The 60-year-old Winter Park Democrat, who made millions in development, restaurants and investments, has served more than a dozen years in public office. Now on the...
  • Audubon, St. Johns water district, go after Dorworth regulatory bill

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Audubon of Florida is asking Gov. Charlie Crist to veto a bill pushed through the recently concluded legislative session by Rep. Chris Dorworth, R-Lake Mary, which aims to scale back the vast power state...
  • Crist signs elections bill, vetoes Dorworth’s rulemaking one

     
    TALLAHASSEE — Lost in the bloodletting that was Friday in Tallahassee, Gov. Charlie Crist did find the time to sign a wide-reaching elections bill (HB 131) that would restore some disclosure requirements for stealthy political groups buying ads...
  • Retiree health costs: More businesses, governments sign up for federal help

     
     Thirty more businesses and local government agencies in Florida have signed up for help paying medical costs of their early retirees — people who aren't yet eligible for Medicare. Created by the Affordable Care Act,  the Early Re...