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Gov. DeSantis unveils environmental budget proposal, SFWMD appointments

Conservationist Ron Bergeron and Sanibel City Councilman Chauncey Goss are Gov. Ron DeSantis’ first appointments to the South Florida Water Management District.

The appointments come after the governor called for resignations earlier this month from the district’s entire governing board.

Ron “Alligator” Bergeron is an eighth-generation Floridian. He is a South Florida developer and former member of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Chauncey Goss is a policy consultant in southwest Florida. He ran for Congress in 2016 as a Republican but lost in the primary to Representative Francis Rooney.

“This board really plays an important role in our water quality and making sure things I’m trying to do can be put into fruition,” DeSantis said.

Three district board members already have resigned. The terms of two more expire in March. The district oversees Everglades restoration and water resources in Central and South Florida.

DeSantis also unveiled a state budget proposal on the environment aimed at putting into action a sweeping executive order he signed earlier this month.