Bush names 25 for water boards
Times taff Writer manager of governmental affairs St. Petersburg campus. Martin,
for Cargill Fertilizer, was appoint-, whose term expired Monday, had
TALLAHASSEE Gov. Jeb ed to fill the seat of Ray Campo to been reappointed to the board by
Bush announced 25 nominations succeed a term ending March 1, the late Gov. Lawton Chiles, but
to the state's five water manage- 2000. Menendez was the only sit- had not been confirmed. He would
ment district boards on Friday, ting water management board have been in line to become Swift-
which would represent the largest member in the state reappointed mud's first black chairman.
turnover ever in the agencies that by Bush, though it shortens her U Monroe A. Coogler, 66, of
manage state water policies and tenure by two years. Lecanto. Coogler is a lawyer with
resources. The wholesale changes
resouces. The whesal inrevisans in John Kenneth Renke II, 29, the firm of Brannen, Stillwel &
could signal sweeping revsonsa of New Port Richey. Renke, an Perrin, one of the more powerful in
to the Everlades fr attorney and the son of a former the Citrus County region. Coogler
to te legislator, would succeed Curtis would succeed James Allen, the
If confirmed by the Senate, Law for a term ending March 1, current chairman of the Swiftmud
there will be five new faces on the 2003. board, for a term ending March 1,
board of the Southwest Florida N Ronnie Duncan, 41, of Safety 2003.
Water Management District, or Harbor. Duncan, president of the Most of Bush's 25 nominees
Swiftmud, and a sixth new mem- Duncan Companies, would suc- statewide come from the develop-
ber next year. The sixth change ceed Pamela Davis for a term end- ment and agriculture industries,
would give Bush appointees a ma- ing March 1, 2002. which have a keen interest in how
jority on the 11-member bons are:d. Watson Haynes, 46, of St. water is allocated in Florida.
The Swiftmud nominations are: Petersburg. Haynes, a Pinellas "I think, overall it's clearest
U Pamela Stinnett Taylor, 38, County coord&ator for Bush, is a in the South Florida district -
of Tampa. Taylor, an assistant pro- vice president of Operation PAR, a they made an effort to balance the
fessor at Hillsborough Community drug treatment and rehabilitation interests," said Eva Armstrong, a
College, would succeed Brenda program. The black Democrat- lobbyist for the Florida Audubon
Menendez for a term ending turned-Republican has run unsuc- Society. "It's clear he tried to pro-
March 1, 2002. Menendez will re- cessfully for the St. Petersburg vide greater diversity in terms of
main on the Swiftmud board for City Council. Haynes would re- race and sex."
another year because: place Jim Martin, a program direc- Times staff writers Jean Heller and Julie
A Menendez, 42, of Tampa, tor at University of South Florida's Hauserman contributed to this report.