David Clark first began his tenure with DEP in 2004, where he worked in the Division of State Lands and then the Office of Cabinet Affairs until 2010. After serving four years in the U.S. Army as an officer with the 82nd Airborne Division, America’s Guard of Honor, David returned to DEP in 2014, serving as both Director of Cabinet Affairs and Deputy Director of State Lands. David has served DEP as the Director of State Lands since March 2016, when he was confirmed by Governor Scott and the Florida Cabinet. In September 2017, David was appointed Acting Deputy Secretary of Land and Recreation. In the interim, David will continue to serve as the Director of State Lands. In his time at DEP, David has worked closely with Florida’s cabinet agencies and numerous stakeholders, including the military and environmental groups, to accomplish many strategic acquisitions that will help ensure the protection of our land and water resources while balancing recreational opportunities. His leadership experience in the Army, along with his tenure at DEP and his education – including a real estate license and degrees in business administration and accounting from Flagler College – will greatly benefit DEP and our state’s natural resources.
Lynda Bell has been married to Mark Bell for 30 years. They have three daughters and 11 grandchildren. They have lived in Homestead, FL, for 36 years. Lynda served on the Miami-Dade County Commission from 2010-2014 where she was the Vice Chair of the Board from 2012-2014. She chaired the Finance Committee, the Value Adjustment Board, the Sports Commission and the Port of Miami Committee. Lynda was also active on both Florida Association of Counties and National Association of Counties. Prior to serving on the County Commission, Mrs. Bell served as a Councilwoman, Vice Mayor and the first and only woman Mayor of the City of Homestead. She has been recognized for her many accomplishments including the “In the Company of Women” award in the governmental category. She received the “I am blessed award,” was recognized by the Association of Public Administrators with the “Woman of Distinction Award,” won the Chamber of Commerce “Athena” award, and was given the Miami Dade Farm Bureau Advocacy Award. Mrs. Bell has a bachelors of science in supervision and management from Miami-Dade College School of Business.
Erick Lindblad has served as the Executive Director of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation since 1986. He has been instrumental in the Foundation's acquisition of over 1,190 acres of wildlife preserve areas on and around Sanibel and Captiva and has been involved in a variety of land management activities. During his tenure, the Foundation has grown from a full-time staff of four to over 25 employees, including grant-supported positions and interns. As part of his commitment to the sustainable development of Southwest Florida, Mr. Lindblad serves on Conservation 20/20, Lee County's Conservation Land Acquisition and Stewardship Advisory Council and the Land Management Subcommittee. He also was appointed by the Lee County Board of County Commissioners to serve as the county's representative on the Babcock Ranch Inc. Board, which oversees the management of the state's 71,000-acre Babcock Ranch Preserve in Lee and Charlotte counties. Mr. Lindblad has served on the Board of the International Osprey Foundation, the Caloosahatchee River Citizens Association and the Babcock Preservation Partnership, and he has also served on the Technical Advisory Committee of the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program. Prior to his tenure at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, he served as Director of Newfound Harbor Marine Institute at Seacamp on Big Pine Key, FL, from 1979 to 1986. He graduated in 1974 from Millikin University in Illinois with a B.A. in biology. Mr. Lindblad fulfills the required appointment of a representative from a nonprofit environmental organization.
Gregory Jones has close to 15 years in experience in resort development and management in the state of Florida. He is currently the Senior Project Manager for Lennar Lost Key Golf & Beach Club & Marina and Yacht Club in Perdido Key, FL. During the last decade he has been actively involved in developing a balance between sustainable growth in his community while establishing a healthy environment to ensure a long-term habitat plan for the endangered Perdido Key Beach Mouse. Gregory has been an active participant in local community efforts by currently residing on the Tourism Development Council and West End Advisory Boards for Escambia County in addition to a current board member on four community residential boards. Mr. Jones fills the required appointment of a representative of the development community.
There is one vacant position on the FCT Governing Board.
August 31, 2018 - 10:39am
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