‘Finish the projects that we’ve started,’ DEP secretary tells Forum Club; Mary McCarty reappearsby George Bennett | October 24th, 2013
Speaking to a luncheon audience that included many of Palm Beach County’s movers and shakers, Florida’s top environmental official said there’s no simple fix for water management and pollution issues in the state.
“There is not a magic bullet,” Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel Vinyard told a Forum Club of the Palm Beaches crowd of about 700. “What we need to do is finish the projects that we started. You all have a lot of political influence and I would encourage you to ask your elected officials – finish the projects that we’ve started.”
Vinyard said the state and federal governments in the past have used a “flavor of the month” approach in the past on issues such as water pollution and managing the flow of water from Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades.
Vinyard was a late substitution for Gov. Rick Scott, who cancelled as speaker to attend the funeral near Tampa today for Rep. Bill Young.
Forum Club attendees included former Palm Beach County Commissioner Mary McCarty, who was making her first appearance at the prestigious luncheon society since her 2011 release from federal prison for honest services fraud.