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Council Designee - Herschel T. Vinyard Jr.

Herschel Vineyard Jr. ImageOn January 3, 2011, Governor Rick Scott appointed Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), the lead agency in Florida for environmental management and stewardship. As a result, Secretary Vinyard was heavily involved in the assessment and early restoration work following the Deepwater Horizon disaster. 

During Mr. Vinyard’s four-year term as Secretary of the FDEP, he was involved in the regulation of nearly all aspects of environmental matters in the State of Florida, including environmental permitting, water quality and water quantity.  Mr. Vinyard helped to end a two-decadelong legal dispute over restoration of the Everglades, established the most comprehensive nutrient reduction program in the country for Florida’s waterways and funded a record amount of projects designed to improve Florida’s natural springs.  

Secretary Vinyard has more than 25 years of experience in environmental law, business and government.  He obtained both his law degree and bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University. He routinely lectures on environmental issues at Florida’s premiere statewide environmental conferences.  In 2015, Mr. Vinyard was named among the Jacksonville Community “Must-Know Contacts” by Florida Trend magazine.

He now practices environmental law and government affairs with the international law firm of Foley & Lardner.