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Florida Communities Trust Highlights

Governing Board

The Florida Communities Trust has a five-member governing board chaired by Herschel Vinyard, Jr.,, Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection. The other members include the four public members appointed by the Governor (Erick Lindblad, Ruth Stanbridge, and Gregory Jones).

 

Secretary Vinyard has more than twenty years of experience in environmental law and business management. In his previous role as Director of Business Operations at BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards, the world’s second largest defense contractor, Secretary Vinyard was responsible for strategic planning, business development and regulatory and government affairs. He also served on a number of professional and civic associations that draw upon his expertise in environmental and complex business practices, including board service on the Jacksonville Port Authority, the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Manufactures Association of Florida. During his decade in private practice at Smith, Hulsey and Busey, one of Florida’s most well-respected law firms, Secretary Vinyard counseled clients in state and federal environmental compliance and permitting, was heavily involved in the siting of an electrical cogenerating facility and assisted in industry waste minimization efforts. He also served as a chair of the environmental and land use law section of the Jacksonville Bar Association. Secretary Vinyard received his undergraduate and law degrees from Louisiana State University. Secretary Vinyard’s top priorities at DEP include establishing permitting efficiencies, consolidating water policies to create a more effective, consistent development and management strategy, and maintaining the state’s legacy of an award-winning park system.  
   

Erick Lindblad

Erick Lindblad has served as the Executive Director of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation since 1986. He has been instrumental in the Foundation's acquisition of over 1,190 acres of Wildlife Preserve areas on and around Sanibel and Captiva and has been involved in a variety of land management activities. During his tenure, the Foundation has grown from a full-time staff of four to over 25 employees, including grant-supported positions and interns. As part of his commitment to the sustainable development of Southwest Florida, Mr. Lindblad serves on Conservation 20/20, Lee County's Conservation Land Acquisition and Stewardship Advisory Council and the Land Management Subcommittee. He also was appointed by the Lee County Board of County Commissioners to serve as the county's representative on the Babcock Ranch Inc. Board, which oversees the management of the state's 71,000-acre Babcock Ranch Preserve in Lee and Charlotte Counties. Mr. Lindblad has served on the Board of the International Osprey Foundation, the Caloosahatchee River Citizens Association and the Babcock Preservation Partnership, and he has also served on the Technical Advisory Committee of the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program. Prior to his tenure at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, he served as Director of Newfound Harbor Marine Institute at Seacamp on Big Pine Key, Florida from 1979 to 1986. He graduated in 1974 from Millikin University in Illinois with a B.A. in Biology. Mr. Lindblad fulfills the required appointment of a representative from a non-profit environmental organization.
   

Ruth Stanbridge

Ruth Stanbridge is a native of Indian River County and served as a county commissioner from 1998-2002. A respected historian, she was appointed as the Indian River County Historian in 1997 and owns a small historical and environmental research and grant writing firm in Vero Beach. Ms. Stanbridge has an extensive background dealing with environmental and growth management issues. She served for 35 years in the Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission's Vero Beach Biological Field Office. She was appointed to the Indian River County Planning and Zoning Commission in 1983 at a time when the county's first Comprehensive Land Use Plan was being developed. She was appointed by then-Governor Jeb Bush to the Florida Greenways and Trails Council and served the Florida Association of Counties as vice chair of the Health and Human Services subcommittee. Ms. Stanbridge received the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program's Leadership Award in 2002, the Marine Resource Council's Outstanding Elected Official Award in 2001, and Indian River County's Woman of the Year Award in 1983. Her book Special Places - A First Field Guide, which is a guide to the natural and historical resources of Indian River and south Brevard counties, was published in 2005. Ms. Stanbridge and her husband, Bill, have been married for more than 40 years and have two daughters and two grandsons. Ms. Stanbridge fulfills the required appointment of a former elected county official.
   

Greg Jones

Gregory Jones has close to 15 years in experience in resort development and management in state of Florida. He is currently the Senior Project Manager for WCI Communities Inc. (NYSE:WCIC) Lost Key Golf & Beach Club & Marina and Yacht Club located in Perdido Key Florida. During the last decade he has been actively involved in developing a balance between sustainable growth in his community while establishing a healthy environment to ensure a long term habitat plan for the endangered Perdido Key Beach Mouse. In addition in his tenor Gregory has been an active participant of local community efforts by currently residing on the Tourism Development Council and West End Advisory Boards for Escambia County in addition to a current board member on 4 community residential boards. Mr. Jones fills the required appointment of a representative of the development community.

 

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