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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 8, 2010
CONTACT: Kristin Lock, (850) 245-2112 or (850) 778-7294 (cell)
  Marguerite Jordan, (850) 245-3029 or (850) 251-7282 (cell)

Governor and Cabinet Honor Florida Park Service Director Mike Bullock for 38 Years of Service

~Florida State Parks Director recognized for outstanding dedication to the state of Florida~

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Charlie Crist and the Florida Cabinet today signed a resolution sponsored by Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink recognizing Florida Park Service Director Mike Bullock. Family and coworkers joined Cabinet members to honor his June 30 retirement after 38 years of outstanding service and dedication as a member of the Florida Park Service.

“Retiring with a legacy of accomplishments, Mr. Bullock’s career with the Florida Park Service demonstrates his dedication to Florida’s natural and cultural resources,” said Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Michael W. Sole. “I am honored to recognize a friend and a colleague today whose leadership has been influential in making Florida the best state park system in the nation.”

Mike Bullock was appointed director of the Division of Recreation and Parks in the summer of 2003. Through Bullock’s innovative leadership and team-oriented work ethic, Florida State Parks have contributed nearly $5 billion to local economies throughout the state, served nearly 128 million visitors and earned more than $273 million in revenue since 2003. DEP’s Florida State Parks have also recently experienced three consecutive record breaking years in park attendance, serving 19.5 million visitors in fiscal year 2006-2007, 20.7 million in 2007-2008 and 21.4 million in 2008-2009, due in part to Bullock’s commitment to high quality visitor services and nature-based recreation.

Bullock’s pride in Florida’s 160 state parks also led Florida to become the nation’s first and only two-time Gold Medal winner for the nation’s best state park system, awarded for the second time to Florida by the National Recreation and Park Association in 2005. As Bullock exits the administration of the Florida Park Service, he will remain a part of the park service family as he travels the state to recreate in the state park system he has worked to shape and influence. He will also be awarded the 2010 Florida Park Service Distinguished Service Award, honoring his life’s work to the Florida state park system, its resources and its staff and volunteers.

“I am honored by the recognition of the Governor and Cabinet and CFO Sink for her sponsorship of the Resolution. It has been a pleasure to come to work every day and dedicate 38 years to ensuring Florida’s system of exceptional state parks continue to grow and prosper,” said Mike Bullock. “I am humbled to have had the privilege to serve the great state of Florida and its precious natural and cultural resources alongside Florida’s dedicated park professionals and Secretary Sole.”

Bullock was raised in Gainesville, Florida. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, he graduated from the University of Florida in Landscape Architecture. He received further training from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design, Indiana University and Florida State University.

Florida State Parks is celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2010. Created in 1935 by the Florida Legislature, Florida State Parks has grown from eight to 160 parks over the last 75 years. Today, the Florida Park Service manages more than 700,000 acres of Florida’s natural environment, including 100 miles of beaches, eight National Historic Landmarks and 39 sites on the National Register of Historic Places.

For more information on Florida’s state parks, visit www.FloridaStateParks.org

Florida Park Service Director Mike Bullock

"Retiring with a legacy of accomplishments, Mr. Bullock’s career with the Florida Park Service demonstrates his dedication to Florida’s natural and cultural resources."

Michael W. Sole
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary

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Last updated: June 08, 2010

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