Water Management District
Doug’s an old horse, a good man and will be alright.
But consider this:
All the ED’s have now been replaced with people who have no previous experience with water management except perhaps on the periphery. Including even Melissa Meeker who was on the SFWMD Board (briefly), was a water policy person inside DEP (briefly), and a water consultant of sorts (probably briefly). At the end of the day, she had never had to fight, mano-a-mano, any of the historic resource wars or managed a single, significant water management issue in the face of an angry public, complex sciences, decades of evolved water law or the blood of back-stabbing politics that pervade every minute of a water manager’s day, until she received the political appointment from a political guy.
Her only apparent currency was the advice she gave as a transition team member to a totally naive disenfranchised hospital trader who was even less informed about water hydraulics, water law, water science, and water policy than she. She was clearly chosen because of her politics, not for her institutional knowledge.
And, given the blatantly unconstitutional attempts by JD Alexander to transfer total control of water management and its funding to Tallahassee these past two legislative sessions, it is clear that the dismantling of over fifty years of carefully evolved resource management protocols is not over, e.g., Alan Hays is still in the Senate.
Add on top of this the fact that the vast majority of the members of the legislature are factually and historically ignorant of resource management complexities (witness the legislation of the past two years) and what it will require to stay on top of Florida’s uniquely dangerous resource problems in a recovering economic environment, and the fact that the Governor is less informed about it all than your average eighth grader…
I, for one, fear greatly that the State of Florida’s economic future and the unique natural ecology to which it is inextricably bound is in immense jeopardy ... and you should, too.