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Lisa Edgar steps down from state parks post

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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 has been an honor. Unfortunately, an immediate family emergency requires my full attention. As such, I regretfully must resign at this time,” Edgar wrote. “I…

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Personnel note: Lisa Edgar named state parks director

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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 high caliber of the Florida Park Service team,” she said in a statement. “I look forward to working with this team to continue to achieve…

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Email insights: DEP sets record straight on hunting, privatizing Florida State Parks

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Florida State Parks have come under fire recently, and the Department of Environmental Protection feels 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 incomplete information that does not present a complete or accurate picture of the efforts of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service,” the…

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July declared Florida Recreation and Parks Month

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Summertime in Florida is ideal for enjoying the outdoors, and the perfect reason Gov. Rick Scott declared July as state Parks and Recreation Month. To celebrate outdoor recreation, events and family fun, the Department of Environmental Protection is calling for visitors and residents to visit state parks and trails during the entire month. In his declaration statement, Scott said parks and recreational opportunities build family unity, strengthen neighborhood involvement and promote cultural diversity. “There is something for everyone at Florida’s State Parks…

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