Bush tabs brothers of 2 lawmakers
among selections to water boards
By MARGARET TALEV fessor at Hillsborough Community College;John
of The Tampa Trbune Kenneth Renke m1, 29, a New Port Richey lawyer,
TALLAHASSEE The Florida Senate president's Ronnie E. Duncan, 41, of Safety Harbor, president of
brother and the brother of another lawmaker are the Duncan Companies; Watson Haynes, 46, of St. Pe
among the 25 individuals Gov. Jeb Bush appointed tersburg; and Monroe "Al" Coogler, 66, of Lecanto.
Friday to the state's five water management districts. The water management districts are charged with
Jeff K Jennings, 43, the brother of Senate Presi- making decisions about how to use water, protect wa-
dent Toni Jennings, R-Orlando, and Clay Albright, 36, ter and ensure future water supplies.
the brother of Rep. George Albright, R-Ocala, were In a prepared statement, Bush's spokesman, Cory
named to the St. John's River Water Management Dis- Tilley, said the governor's appointees "share his vi-
trict, said environmentalists tracking the appoint- sion of fiscal accountability, balance, objectivity and
ments. respect for property rights and Florida's natural re-
Jennings is vice president of a construction firm. sources."
Albright is a commercial real estate broker and devel- Environmentalists interviewed Friday said the
oper. Swiftmud board was balanced, but expressed some
Brenda Menendez, 42, of Tampa, the manager of concerns about the St. John's appointees.
governmental affairs for Cargill Fertilizer Inc., was re- Environmentalists were most closely watching ap-
appointed to the Southwest Florida Management Dis- pointments to the South Florida Water Management
trict (Swiftmud), the district serving the Tampa Bay District, because of its dealings with Everglades is-
area. sues, including the sugar industry's reach.
Bush's other Swiftmud appointees included "I think the balance is pretty good," said Charles
Pamela Stinett Taylor, 38, of Tampa, an assistant pro- Lee of the Florida Audubon Society.