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FCT Governing Board Members

Florida Communities Trust Governing Board Members

Shawn Hamilton, Interim Deputy Secretary for Land and Recreation, joined the Department of Environmental Protection in 2007 and served as Northwest District Director since 2011. He was responsible for environmental permitting, compliance, emergency response and environmental education for DEP’s regulatory programs within the 16 counties of the Florida Panhandle. 

Serving as chair for FCT, Shawn is a graduate of Troy State University and, before joining DEP, was Director of Business Operations for CTS - America in Pensacola, and he served as an Advanced Systems Engineer for EDS in Montgomery, Alabama. Shawn is a U.S. Air Force combat veteran.

Lynda Bell served on the Miami-Dade County Commission from 2010-2014 where she was the Vice Chair from 2012-2014. She has 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, Lynda served as a Councilwoman, Vice Mayor and the first and only female 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.

Serving FCT as the former elected official of a county government, Lynda earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Supervision and Management from Miami-Dade College School of Business and has been married to Mark Bell for 34 years. They have three daughters and 12 grandchildren. After residing in Homestead for more than 39 years, they have recently relocated to the Lake Talquin area in Leon County.

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 of a nonprofit organization.


Gregory Jones has over 19 years of experience in resort development and management in the State of Florida. He is currently the Senior Project Manager for WCI Communities Inc., a Lennar Company.  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. In addition, Gregory has been an active participant of local community efforts by currently residing on the Tourism Development Council and West End Advisory Boards for Escambia County in addition to serving as a current board member on six community residential boards. Gregory serves on the FCT Board as representative of the development industry.

The former elected official of a metropolitan municipal government position is currently vacant. 

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February 21, 2020 - 3:41pm

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