Rick Scott Demotes Florida Park Service Director, Stoking Fears of Cattle Grazing, Hunting, and Timber Harvesting in State Parks

From Orlando Sentinel‘s Kevin Spear, 12/17/16

The director of the Florida Park Service has been reassigned to manage a park, rekindling fears over how Gov. Rick Scott’s administration maneuvering to extract more revenue from the state’s natural playgrounds and preservation lands.

Donald Forgione was appointed in 2010 as director of the service, which manages more than 170 springs, seashore and forest parks. A 32-year veteran, he was the first director to have risen from the position of park ranger.

Forgione was charged by Scott’s administration with boosting park revenues, while also having to respond to vocal opponents of exploiting park resources.

“This worries us,” said Paula Russo, president of the Friends of Florida State Parks. “Donald has been an exemplary director.”

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