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Florida Communities Trust Highlights

Governing Board

The Florida Communities Trust has a five-member governing board chaired by Gary Clark, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection. The other members include the four public members appointed by the Governor (Lynda Bell , Erick Lindblad, and Gregory Jones).


Gary Clark

Gary Clark Gary Clark is the Deputy Secretary for Land and Recreation with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Clark provides oversight and direction to the Division of Recreation and Parks, which manages the Florida State Parks system comprised of 174 state parks and trails. The Deputy Secretary also oversees the Division of State Lands in their responsibilities, including acquisition, maintenance and disposition of state owned land.
A lifelong resident of Chipley, FL Clark is the fourth generation to grow up living and working on his family’s 400-acre farm. Clark is extremely active in his local community, serving as director and shareholder of Community Bank in Chipley and current member, former chairman, of the Board of Trustees for Chipola College. He has also served on the Northwest Florida Water Management District Board and Washington County School Board, including two terms as chairman. A founding member of the Opportunity Florida Regional Economic Development Council, Clark has been a member of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors since 1990.

Lynda Bell

Lynda Bell has been married to Mark Bell for 30 years. They have three daughters and 11 grandchildren. They have lived in Homestead FL for 36 years. Lynda served on the Miami Dade County Commission from 2010-2014 where she was the Vice Chair of the Board from 2012-2014. She chaired the Finance Committee, the Value Adjustment Board, the Sports Commission and the Port of Miami Committee. Lynda was also active on both Florida Association of Counties and National Association of Counties. Prior to serving on the County Commission Mrs. Bell served as a Councilwoman, Vice Mayor and the first and only woman Mayor of the City of Homestead. She has been recognized for her many accomplishments including the “In the Company of Women” award in the governmental category. She received the “I am blessed award”, was recognized by the Association of Public Administrators with the “Woman of Distinction Award”, won the Chamber of Commerce “Athena” award, and was given the Miami Dade Farm Bureau Advocacy Award. Mrs. Bell has a Bachelors of Science in Supervision and Management from Miami Dade College School of Business.  

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.

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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