Barreto announces he will step down as FWC chairman
Thursday, April 07, 2011
Media contact: Susan Smith, 850-488-8843
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Chairman
announced Thursday he will step down from the post he has held for
six one-year terms, although Barreto will continue to serve as
chairman until the board selects its next leader and will remain on
the board until his five-year term ends in August.
Barreto's six fellow commissioners elected him to serve as
chairman in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
"I care deeply about the future of this agency and this
Commission and am proud of all that we have accomplished," Barreto
said. "My commitment to this Commission will not expire with my
term as chairman."
In 2001, then-Gov. Jeb Bush appointed Barreto, of Miami and Key
Largo, to serve a five-year term as a Commissioner. He was
reappointed by then-Gov. Charlie Crist to a term that expires in
"Rodney is a conservationist, in the great tradition of our
country," Bush recently said. "While I am not surprised that many
environmentalists were surprised, Rodney did a great job helping
lead a fine organization to an even better one, and I am proud of
his dedication to our state."
The FWC's seven commissioners are appointed by the governor and
confirmed by the Florida Senate to five-year terms. Their role is
to make science-based decisions that guide conservation of
Florida's fish and wildlife resources and habitats.
Barreto's fellow commissioners unanimously expressed their
gratitude for his leadership and dedication to the Commission and
the people of Florida. "Your ability to bring in public
participation in our rule-making, giving both sides an opportunity
to speak and guiding us to deliberate and rule without a heavy
hand, is a testament to your leadership abilities," Commissioner
Kenneth W. Wright said.
Barreto is the founding partner of Floridian Partners LLC, with
offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Tallahassee. Floridian
Partners is a strategy-management firm that develops and manages
corporate and public affairs strategies to achieve specific
Barreto has received special recognition for his outstanding
contributions in the establishment of a Research Natural Area in
Dry Tortugas National Park to restore, protect and preserve the
park's pristine subtropical ecosystem.
Barreto is widely known for his involvement in the community
where he grew up. He was chairman of the 2007 and 2010 South
Florida Super Bowl Host Committee charged with raising over $30
million to support both games in Dolphin Stadium and the
dignitaries and media it attracts. Barreto was also chairman for
the second time of the Annual U.S. Conference of Mayors.
He was also Chairman of the 1999 Breeder's Cup Championship,
held in South Florida, and was the chairman of the 1999 Sister
Cities International Convention in Miami. He was co-chairman
of the City of Miami Centennial celebration in 1996.