PALM BEACH POST: JUST IN: Two surprise resignations in shakeup at South Florida Water Management District

PALM BEACH POST: Written by Kimberly Miller. January 5th, 2019.

The South Florida Water Management District’s lead counsel and governing board vice chairwoman have resigned their positions with the largest state steward of Everglades restoration, leaving a key staff job and four leadership seats open when additional board member terms expire in March.

Melanie Peterson, who represents areas including Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast on the nine-member board, was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott for two terms, the second of which was set to expire in March 2022. Her resignation letter to Scott is dated Jan. 1.

Brian Accardo, who was at the district for three years, said he decided before a Dec. 13 governing board meeting that he would accept an offer with a private firm focusing on environmental and government law. His last day was Friday.

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