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Campfires Banned on District Conservation Lands Due to Dry Conditions

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) is prohibiting campfires and other sources of open flames on District conservation lands in conjunction with numerous county burn bans and dry conditions.

Lack of rainfall this spring has made grasses and other light vegetation extremely dry and volatile, increasing the potential for wildfires. Burning is thereby prohibited on these District properties with camping until sufficient rains occur and county burn bans are lifted:

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Governing Board Elects Officers for 2024-2025 Term

The Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board voted Tuesday to elect officers for the 2024-2025 term. 

Michelle Williamson was elected chair of the Governing Board. Williamson represents Hillsborough County and is the operations manager of G&F Farms. Williamson was appointed to the Governing Board in August 2016 and reappointed in December 2020. 

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Governing Board Elects Officers

The District’s Governing Board voted Tuesday for the latest slate of officers for the 2024-2025 term.

Governing Board members are unpaid, citizen volunteers who are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate. The Governing Board sets policy for the District, whose mission is to protect water resources, minimize flood risks and ensure the public’s water needs are met.

The new officers are:

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