Florida DEP Chief Resigns

Joe Steverson, the latest head of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection under Gov. Rick Scott, has resigned.

This is the second major shakeup in the agency since Don Forgione was dismissed in December as head of the state park system.

Steverson, who was appointed in 2015, drew fire for suggesting allowing more commercial activities in state parks to make them more financially self-sufficient. His department also drew fire last year for deciding it was unnecessary to inform the public about a sinkhole Mosaic reported beneath a gypsum stack near Mulberry that potentially threatened to contaminate area drinking water wells.

No well contamination was ever documented.

Reports indicate Scott may quickly appoint a successor as occurred following Forgione’s departure.


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