Utility regulator gets Florida parks job

Utility regulator gets Florida parks job

Florida Gov. Rick Scott‘s administration has named a soon-to-be jobless utility regulator to fill the state’s top parks post, which was left vacant recently by the reassignment of a popular parks veteran.

Although a state spokeswoman maintained on Monday that park operations will be managed in the interim by assistants, a memo surfaced on social media Monday night in which a Department of Environmental Protection deputy secretary, Gary Clark, told “colleagues” that the new director will be Lisa Edgar.

She is an outgoing board member of the state Public Service Commission and longtime state employee.

Addressing a persistent controversy, Clark went on to say in his memo: “I know that there have been stories in the press, and comments on social media, that say that DEP’s goal is to privatize or profit from Florida State Parks. Please let me assure you that this is simply not true.” […]