DeSantis defeats the South Florida Water Management board and Florida wins
Excerpt: Three more board members have announced their resignations from the South Florida Water Management District, clearing the way for Gov. Ron DeSantis to overhaul a powerful agency that has been accused of catering to the sugar industry.
Leaving the board are board chairman Federico Fernandez and board members Brandon Tucker and Jaime Weisinger.
Their departures represent a victory for DeSantis, who, in his first week in office, had asked the entire board to resign, saying he wanted a fresh start for an agency responsible for flood-control, water supplies and Everglades restoration. Two board members resigned, but others held out.
“My view has always been if they can’t see the light, you’ll have to make them feel the heat,” he said. “We’re happy to move into the next phase of this.”
Bottom Line: At the expense of sounding less than objective – what came to mind when this news hit was how impressed I’ve been with Ron DeSantis so far. We’re not even a month into his administration and think about the reformations that are underway.
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Importantly, as he’s swiftly enacted policy changes and his agenda, he’s garnered increasing public support (+32% rating statewide) and needed credibility within the bureaucracy among those whom opposed him. What's really changed in the South Florida Water Management over the past three weeks that suddenly made these three decide that they had to go when they’d previously declined to resign? For years we’ve been talking about the ecological issues in our state and battling the bureaucracy to try to make inroads. In a matter of weeks with Ron DeSantis at the helm it’s happening. That’s encouraging.