A slap in the face was given by Governor Rick Scott during his last days, to all who care
about Florida’s natural resources as he appointed developer Carlos Beruff to the FWC Commission.
For several years now, activists who actually DO care about Florida’s natural resources,
and not with preserving them in order to abuse them or kill them, have been trying to clean up the FWC Commission from the likes of wealthy developers.
Beruff fought to develop land ladened with toxins. He even sued an activist for a million dollars, shoving his wealth and power around to get his way. And he did, sadly. The development is called, “Waverly” and is in Sarasota County. For more –
“He founded Medallion Homes, a development firm infamous in the Sarasota area for building homes with contaminated, toxic “Chinese drywall” and then sparring with homeowners who said their own houses were sickening them. (New Times conducted its own investigation into Chinese drywall in South Florida in 2010.) During Medallion’s fight with the people it had screwed over, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune caught the company lying about being broke in order to get out of paying settlements
to poisoned homeowners.”
He resigned from the Southwest Florida Water Management, which board he served on,
after he voted to approve a friend’s plan to destroy precious wetlands in order to build a home.
His developments have been accused of moving an eagle’s nest without permission and destroying public conservation areas. He wrangled the state wetland-mitigation system so he could plow down 40 acres of mangroves just so he could have a better view of one of his properties. This guy is just bad news.
He has been accused of lying under oath to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigators. He also avoided paying $235,000 in taxes by claiming that he was a farmer and a lumberjack. What uncovered other things has he done, I wonder?
When stopped for speeding at 103 mph, he told the officer that his expensive car
drove as safely at that speed as lesser expensive cars do at lower speeds. He lost his license.
Scott seems to love this man having appointed him to several boards, such as the
Constitutional Revision Commission, and others. But of course, Scott loves wealth.
Beruff seems to make it a point to vie against those who wish to preserve Florida’s natural resources.
What kind of voting and mulling around is he going to do on a commission that involves our fish, wildlife and precious land? I think you can figure it out.
We have seen what other developer commissioners have done and how they have voted against the best decisions for Florida. Thankfully several of them finally resigned. Who they have been replaced with is not any better and so if we as Floridians want to preserve Florida for our grandchildren and their children, it is our obligation to fight against such actions and stop them from destroying this beautiful state.