Rick Scott Sneaks In Last-Minute Appointment of Controversial Developer For Wildlife Commissioner

From By Craig Pittman of the Tampa Bay Times, 01/08/2019:

Hidden among more than 70 last-minute appointments by outgoing Gov. Rick Scott, released at 6 p.m. Friday night, was one unusual choice: Bradenton developer Carlos Beruff to serve on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

A GOP stalwart who lost his 2016 bid to oust U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, Beruff is currently facing an ethics commission complaint over how he helped one of his former development partners while serving as chairman of the Southwest Florida Water Management District. In addition, one of his development projects has been accused of illegally moving an eagle’s nest, and Manatee County officials investigated his company, Medallion Homes, for ripping up a county-owned conservation area.

“He’s not necessarily my first choice for the wildlife commission,” said Glenn Compton of the environmental group ManaSota-88, which filed the ethics complaint. “He doesn’t have a stellar record on environmental protection.”

… Scott’s last-minute appointments as he leaves to become a senator mark a break from prior gubernatorial practice, and incoming Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday he’s considering rescinding at least some. …

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