WEST PALM BEACH — The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board will focus on water quality issues at its Sept. 11 workshop meeting in West Palm Beach. The Heartland counties of the South Florida Water Management District will once again have no representation.
The seat for the at-large member for an area that includes Glades, Highlands, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola and Polk counties has been vacant since March.
At a press conference in Stuart on Jan. 10, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that he had correspondence to all of the board members, “thanking them for their service but requesting their resignations.”
One position was vacant when the governor made his announcement. The terms of three board members expired in March. While some board members at first vowed to stay and serve their appointed terms, they were pressured to resign with a campaign of threats on social media. Some even received threatening phone calls at their homes.
The eight SFWMD governing board members appointed by Gov. DeSantis all live in coastal areas.