Tag: Florida Park Service
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Staff ReportsSeptember 12, 2017

The Florida Park Service on Tuesday announced that 20 state parks in the Panhandle and Big Bend have reopened after Hurricane Irma. But another 147 state parks remain closed because of inclement weather, the park service said. The following state parks have reopened for day use only: — Bald Point State Park (Franklin County) — […]

Staff ReportsFebruary 27, 2017

Lisa Edgar has resigned as director of the Florida Park Service after less than two months on the job, citing “an immediate family emergency.” Edgar notified Gary Clark, the Department of Environmental Protection’s deputy secretary for land and recreation, in an emailed note Thursday. “Gary. Thank you for the opportunity to work for you and the Florida Park Service. It […]

Jim RosicaDecember 20, 2016

Lisa Edgar has helped regulate the state’s investor-owned utilities. Now, she’s going to oversee its parks. Edgar was named Director of the Florida Park Service, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced Tuesday in a press release. She’ll start next month. “From my time at DEP and as a frequent visitor of our state parks, I’ve seen first-hand the […]

Phil AmmannDecember 9, 2015

Florida State Parks have come under fire recently, and the Department of Environmental Protection decided  it’s time to “set the record straight.” A new DEP email takes exception with several recent media accounts, each inaccurately “perpetuated misconceptions” about the future of Florida State Parks. “As these stories are being driven by false allegations based on […]

Bruce RitchieApril 27, 2015

A trio of former state parks directors are raising concern about state lands bills that would allow “low-impact agriculture” on state lands. Of even greater concern, thy said, is a push by Florida Department of Environmental Protection leadership to make state parks financially self-sustaining. HB 7135 would allow the Cabinet to give away state land […]


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