The only thing
better than Blake Guillory getting the job at SFWMD and leaving SWFWMD would be
if he took Carlos Beruff with him. Between the two of them, the long term
damage they have done to water management in southwest Florida is
Any staffer of SWFWMD of the last two years will tell you (if they are certain their anonymity will be protected) it has been Beruff who has been the most demanding and ruthless in dismantling the district's ability to do the job it is prescribed by law to do. And, of course, it has been Guillory who has rolled into Tampa every Monday morning from Jupiter to carry out Beruff's and CEO Scott's dirty work. Guillory, who never actually established residency in SWFWMD during his tour as ED, would then pack it up every Friday and troop back to his home in Jupiter.
Now he's vying for
the job at SFWMD where he has had consulting experience. Good for
him. Good for SWFWMD. Bad for the
SFWMD. Guess he just wants to shorten his commute because it’s being said
he won't be getting an increase in pay despite the tougher row he will have to
hoe there. Sort of makes one ask, what is his real motive for all this
destruction and job hopping?
Beruff has a long history of having tiffs with regulatory bodies, demonstrated by the projects he has proposed as a successful developer and the permits he has fought over He has clearly earned his reputation of having no regard for Florida's delicate natural systems. He brought that attitude with him to SWFWMD and at Scott's direction proceeded to weaken, disrupt and destroy a truly effective and much needed water management system that was developed by governors and legislators from both parties over the last 50 years. Now Scott and the army of Beruffs he has entrenched at every water management district in Florida have determined, insanely, all of that was wrong.
It is the likes of Beruff and the unthinking execution of ill-advised public policy promulgated by a totally uninformed and inexperienced multi-millionaire governor who has brought environmental protection in Florida to its knees.
It isn't likely to happen, of course, but nothing could be better than if Beruff were to go away like Guillory seems about to do.
It can't be bad if they both bail because no replacement for either of them could possibly be more disastrous for water management in southwest Florida.