ESTATE OF FLORIDA
Offirte of the (otitrnor
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA 32399-0001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jon Peck, Press
December 1, 1988 Secretary 488-5394
GOVERNOR CREATES COMMISSION ON THE FUTURE
OF FLORIDA'S ENVIRONMENT
Governor Bob Martinez today created a 27-member commission
to take a comprehensive look at the future of Florida's
environment, focusing on how to deal with threats to the
quality of the state's resources.
The Commission on the Future of Florida's Environment will
submit a report of findings and recommendations to the
Governor by February 1, 1990. The commission, which will be
chaired by prominent environmentalist Nathaniel Reed, includes
representatives of Florida's environmental, conservation,
development, business and agriculture communities, as well as
state, regional and local government and the general public.
"We can't afford to view Florida's environment as a
collection of individual resources scattered throughout our
state. It's time we begin seeing it as a single system, where
activities in one part of the state have a direct bearing on
the environmental resources in another part," Governor
Martinez said. "Protecting Florida's environment for the
future has to be our highest priority. We can't afford to let
it be diminished because we failed to properly care for it."
In an executive order establishing the commission, the
Governor directed the panel to give particular attention to
seven areas. They are:
Protection of Flor:.da's wetlands, rivers, lakes,
streams, springs and estuaries.
Reforestation and restoration of denuded lands and
lands and waters that have lost beneficial biological
Protection of the Earth's ozone layer and measures to
counteract or offset the effects of global warming and
the accompanying r:.se in sea level.
Protection of Flor:da's environment through integrated
management of entire ecological systems, taking into
account the way air, land, water, biological and
climatic resources are closely related in these whole
Protection and enhanced management of Florida's
beaches, recognizing the necessity to protect the
natural environment while continuing public and private
use of these lands.
Enhanced public education and understanding of the
absolute necessity of a clean and healthy environment
to Florida's econornic and social vitality.
Development of ideas and methods for working with other
states to reduce and eliminate adverse impacts on
Governor Martinez appointed the following people to the
Commission on the Future of Florida's Environment:
Reed, of Hobe Sound, who is a member of the South
Florida Water Management District governing board and is
president of 1000 Friends of Florida.
Bill Becker, of Fort Pierce, owner of Becker Groves and
chairman of the Florida Citrus Commission.
Buddy Blain, of Tampa, managing shareholder of Blain &
Cone law firm and former attorney for the Southwest Florida
Water Management District.
Colonel Robert Brantly, of Tallahassee, executive
director of the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission.
Marjorie Carr, of Micanopy, president of Florida
Defenders of the Environment.
Jim Catlett, of Jacksonville, executive director of the
Northeast Florida Regional Planning Council.
Miles Collier, of Naples, managing partner of Collier
Tom Gardner, of Tallahassee, executive director of the
Department of Natural Resources.
Jim Garner, of Fort Myers, managing partner of Pavese,
Garner Attorneys and a member of the South Florida Water
Management District governing board.
Phil Handy, of Winter Park, president of Winter Park
Capital Company investment firm.
Joe Marlin Hilliard, of Clewiston, owner of Hilliard
Brothers of Florida cattle and citrus producers.
Joseph Hixon, of Jacksonville, a private investor with
Hixon-Simpson Company and a member of the board of the Nature
Charles Lee, of Maitland, senior vice president of
conservation for the Florida Audubon Society.
Steve O'Hara, of Jacksonville, a partner with Mathew,
Osbourn, McNatt and Cobb attorneys and chairman of the
executive committee of the Florida Wildlife Federation.
Colleen O'Sullivan, of Tampa, past chairman of the
Florida Sierra Club.
Tom Pelham, of Tallahassee, secretary of the Florida
Department of Community Affairs.
Bob Rhodes, of Tallahassee, an environmental attorney
with Steel Hector and Davis.
Dr. Selma Sayer, of Jacksonville, a member of the board
of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs.
Jim Selvey, of Tampa, of Hillsborough County
Jim Smith, of Tallahassee, Florida Secretary of State.
Walter Francis Spence, of Niceville, president of Spence
Brothers Properties seafood and real estate company.
James Stockton III, of Ponte Vedra, president of
Stockton Investment Corporation.
Jim Swann, of Cocoa, president of EKS Inc. and a former
member of the St. Johns River Water Management District.
Dale Twachtmann, of Tallahassee, secretary of the
Florida Department of Environmental Regulation.
Jim Webb, of Coral Gables, an attorney and regional
director of The Wilderness Society.
Carl Wickstrom, of South Miami, president of Wickstrom
Publishers, which produces Florida Sportsman magazine.
Jack Wilson, of Tampa, president of the Wilson Company.
A copy of Governor Martinez's executive order establishing
the Commission on the Future of Florida's Environment is