This week, Brett shares some time with friend and Florida’s Environmental Curmudgeon-in-Chief, Estus Whitfield. Estus has a wealth of experience working for SIX Florida governors where he played an integral role in the creation of the Save Our Everglades, Save Our Rivers, and Preservation 2000 programs – just to name a few. In addition to his service to Florida, he also spent over thirty years serving his country in the Florida National Guard, U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Navy Reserves where he retired at the rank of Captain.
Estus offers a unique perspective from his time serving so many governors and provides his thoughts on them; the dawn of widespread environmental restoration programs; some thoughts on current water quality issues related to septic tanks; and his somewhat pessimistic view of the future of the environment in Florida.
Agree or disagree – Estus is never shy about his thoughts, pulls few punches, and is always generous with his time. We hope you enjoy the conversation.
To find out more about the Save Our Everglades Program and other Everglades restoration initiatives, head here
To learn about the history of the Preservation 2000 (P2000) land acquisition program, head here
To learn more about the Conservation and Recreational Lands (CARL) program, go here:
Because we know you want more Boggy, Florida history:
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