Governor Appoints Schleicher and Smith to the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board

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Governor Rick Scott appointed Joel Schleicher and Rebecca Smith to the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board. Schleicher represents Charlotte and Sarasota Counties and Smith represents Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties.

Schleicher, 65, of Sarasota, is the founder and executive chairman of Focal Point Data Risk, LLC. Schleicher received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. He is appointed for a term beginning May 12, 2017, and ending March 1, 2019.

Smith, 57, of Tampa, is the president and chief executive officer for the A.D. Morgan Corporation. Smith received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Florida. She is appointed for a term beginning May 12, 2017, and ending March 1, 2021.

Governing Board members are unpaid, citizen volunteers who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate. The Governing Board sets policy for the District, whose mission is to manage the water and related resources of west central Florida to meet the needs of current and future water users while protecting the environment.

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WOTUS Lawsuit Filed

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Florida Stormwater Association (FSA) files lawsuit challenging the WOTUS Rule. On October 26, 2015 FSA filed a Petition for Review in the Sixth Circuit Court challenging the rules of EPA and the ACOE that revise the definitions of “Waters of the United States.” The Petition is the first of several steps in challenging the rules. FSA has been engaged in the rule development process for almost two years. Joining FSA in the lawsuit are the Florida League of Cities, Southeast Stormwater Association and the Florida Rural Water Association.

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