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Central District

Due to Hurricane Michael, DEP office phones are down across the state. We are working on correcting the issue, but for immediate assistance please contact staff via email until further notice.

If you do not have a contact, please feel free to email DEP_CD@dep.state.fl.us. This email address is for Central District only.

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 18 years and has served in many positions, including Environmental Specialist I, doing permitting in the Submerged Lands & Environmental Resource Coordination program, Environmental Manager, and most recently as the Central District 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 (EPA) 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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