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Central District

**Message from the Central District**

As always, the health and safety of our Central District team and customers is our top priority.

Due to recent developments regarding COVID-19, as a precautionary measure, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Central District office is temporarily closed to visitors. During this time, we continue to maintain all of our business operations and are able to continue to serve the community by phone, email and U.S. Postal Service.

Please feel free to contact us during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, by phone at 407-897-4100 or email at

In addition, our staff also can be reached by using this directory (staff listing with contact information). 

Thank you for your patience and understanding, and please stay healthy.

DEP's Central District encompasses over 9,000 square miles and eight counties (Brevard, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter, Volusia). The district is home to:

  • 3.5 million people
  • 14 state parks
  • Five first-magnitude springs (Silver Springs, Rainbow, Silver Glen, Volusia Blue and Alexander)
  • Major industry (tourism, health care, aerospace, defense, shipping, manufacturing)
  • North America's most diverse estuary (Indian River Lagoon)

Central District implements environmental regulatory programs concerning air, water, waste, wetlands and state lands. The district's primary functions are permitting, compliance assistance, outreach and enforcement.

Meet the Director

Aaron Watkins, Director, Central District

Aaron has been with the Central District for more than 20 years and has served in many positions, including environmental specialist, issuing permits in the Submerged Lands & Environmental Resource Coordination program, environmental manager and as the Central District's assistant director. Aaron was honored with a DEP Star Award and was recognized for building regulatory partnership initiatives and serving the residents of Florida.

Prior to his work with the department, Aaron worked with the Environmental Protection Agency in the Oil Spill SPCC Compliance program where he assisted with cleanup efforts, including monitoring, research, analysis and recommendations. Aaron is a graduate of the Florida Institute of Technology, where he earned degrees in Biological Oceanography and Chemical Oceanography.


Central District Programs


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