Ed Armstrong tapped for spot on Swiftmud board

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To fill an open spot at the agency that oversees water use in the 16 counties around Tampa Bay, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday appointed one of the region’s most prominent developer attorneys, Elijah “Ed” Armstrong of Dunedin.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Armstrong, 56, an attorney with Hill Ward Henderson, will replace Todd Pressman on the Southwest Florida Water Management District board. If his appointment is approved by the Florida Senate, his term on the board commonly known as Swiftmud will run through March 2018.

Armstrong has become widely known in the Tampa Bay area as a winning land-use attorney. He represented many of the bay area’s most successful developers, including JMC Communities, Ocean Properties, Ryland Homes, David Mack and others who developed Walmarts, grocery stores, shopping centers and residential communities. His list of clients also includes the Church of Scientology.

Armstrong currently serves on the board of trustees of the BayCare Healthcare System and the Tampa Preparatory School.

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