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Gov. Scott Sets Timeline For Replacing Environmental Secretary

Florida Gov. Rick Scott
State of Florida, Meredyth Hope Hall

Florida’s Cabinet is dealing with an embattled agency in flux.  Friday Department of Environmental Protection secretary Jon Steverson resigned—effective February third.  Now Governor Rick Scott is lining up a special cabinet meeting next week to fill the vacancy.

“Just like we have done with previous appointments that require me to appoint and the cabinet to confirm, I will announce my nomination for interim secretary soon, I’m going to make sure each of you have time to meet with them prior to voting on the interim appointment,” Scott says.

Steverson’s resignation comes after the agency mishandled its response to a massive sinkhole at a Mosaic phosphate plant in Polk County.  DEP’s resulting spill notification rules largely mirrored an emergency rule imposed by the governor, but the action riled industrial interests across the state. 

Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.