FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 16, 2012
DEP DIVISION OF STATE LANDS ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECTOR
~Susan Grandin brings to the Department nearly 30 years of experience in land protection~
TALLAHASSEE –The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is pleased to announce that Susan
Grandin will serve as director of the Division of State Lands beginning
extensive knowledge in negotiating land acquisitions from private landowners
and the conveyance of that land to governmental agencies and other
environmental non-profit organizations,” said Deputy Secretary for Land and
Recreation, Al Dougherty.
Grandin joins the Department after serving as President of The Preservation Law Group, Inc. The group
specializes in the preservation and protection of military installations and
civilian airfields. Prior to that, Grandin served as Director of the Jacksonville
Office of The Trust for Public Land. She also has experience in environmental and land use law, serving as Assistant General Counsel for the City of Jacksonville.
Eric Draper, Executive Director of Audubon Florida called the
decision “an excellent choice.”
“Susan was a capable and
hardworking leader of the TPL’s effort to acquire parkland and has a rare gift
for being able to work with landowners, conservation stakeholders and local
governments," he said. "We expect the best from Susan in her new role.”
Director of Legislative Policy and Strategies at The Nature Conservancy, also endorses
“Her experience in acquiring land under the Florida Forever Program uniquely qualifies her for this position," she said. "We look forward to working with her to enhance land and water resource
protection in Florida.”
by Florida Statute, Susan’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the
Governor and Cabinet sitting as the Board of Trustees of the Internal
Improvement Trust Fund. That meeting is scheduled for Dec. 11.
Susan’s selection as Director of the Division of State Lands, current Director
of Cabinet Affairs Karl Rasmussen will be taking on the additional role of
Assistant Director of State Lands. Rick
Mercer recently joined the Department overseeing business-related services as the Land and Recreation Director of Operations.