The natural environment is the lifeblood of our state's economy and the reason it is so beautiful. The Department of Environmental Protection wants to work with you to protect, conserve and manage Florida's environment and valuable natural resources. DEP's South District focuses on issues facing this region and state, ranging from mangroves to hazardous waste. The South District always welcomes public input. The district is responsible for the following counties: Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, Highlands, Hendry, Glades, Lee, Monroe and Sarasota.
Jon Iglehart has served with the department for 27 years. He worked in the water facilities, environmental resource permitting and administration programs before being appointed South District director in 2005. Prior to joining DEP, he spent a decade in both public and private sector efforts in fisheries and related research in Asia, the Caribbean and South Florida. He is member of the Florida Farm Bureau and serves as co-chair for the Sarasota Bay and Charlotte Harbor estuary programs and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Steering Committee.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.