Today, the Tampa Bay Times portrayed the appointment of Mitch Hutchcraft to the South Florida Water Management District in 2013 as unfavorable. What’s buried at the bottom, and omitted in certain instances, is the support Hutchcraft received from various stakeholders including:
• Eric Draper, Executive Director of Audubon Florida
• John Manning, Lee County Board of Commissioners
• John Hoblick, President of Florida Farm Bureau
• Ron Hamel, Executive Vice President of the Gulf Citrus Growers Association
Please see (attached below) the letters of recommendation from area stakeholders. Mr. Hutchcraft was confirmed by the Florida Senate by a vote of 30-0 on April 29, 2014. These facts do not support the Times’ narrative and were excluded.
Governor Rick Scott