Escambia County

Grover given Environmental Leadership award

November 29, 2012

Press Release: Florida Local Environmental Resources Agencies Awards Commissioner Grover C. Robinson, IV with the Outstanding Environmental Leadership Award..

The Florida Local Environmental Resources Agencies (FLERA) presented Escambia County Commissioner Grover C. Robinson, IV with the Outstanding Environmental Leadership Award during the 2012 FLERA Annual Award Luncheon. The Outstanding Environmental Leadership Award is presented to a local government elected official that has displayed outstanding leadership qualities among their peers on environmental issues.

“It is always an honor to be recognized for your efforts and I gratefully appreciate the recognition from FLERA. From the emerald water and white sand of the Gulf to a Spanish moss decorated oak, hammock spring or a long-leaf pine forest to an open expanse of grass wetland, Florida’s environment is unique and beautiful. Florida’s environment and economy are not mutually exclusive and one cannot exist without the other. I am humbled by the award and very proud that I have been part of the team that has made significant improvements and changes in both our air and water quality,” said Commissioner Robinson.

The FLERA is an association of Florida local government environmental departments. The mission of the FLERA is to enhance communication, education and advocacy for Florida local environmental protection efforts. Formed in the late 1960s as a voluntary association of local environmental programs to share information about mutual resources concerns and solution, today, the FLERA is a diverse organization of state, county and municipal agencies and consulting firms. Its members provide a wide variety of environmental protection and land management services

  • Mother Jones December 2, 2012 at 9:45 am

    I find it curious that the FLERA would honor Commissioner Robinson. I was in the audience at a council meeting when Commissioner Robinson opposed improvements and enhancements to the Pensacola Tree Ordinance. Although declaring opposition as a private citizen, he had with him a picture that he had removed from the Escambia County Courthouse depicting unmanaged clear cutting and arguing that it was an acceptable practice that had been going on for decades. He is and was completel devoid of the significance of heritage trees and the impact of clear cutting adjacent to creeks and bayous. Even the Sustainable Forestry Initiative sets guidelines for tree harvesting.

    Robinson’s lack of attention to the necessary turtle lighting ordinance is disappointing to real environmentalists. He stated that he was not aware that we did not have a turtle lighting ordinance yet he has done nothing to address that need. He has not lead any effort toward any necessary improvements for proven environmental efforts.

    There are many other environmental concerns that must be addressed by our leadership. The log-jam on Escambia River is the first one that comes to mind. Our local Bream Fisherman’s Association is very concerned at the ecological changes occurring due to this manmade log-jam. Please show me a leader willing to tackle our environmental concerns and I will gladly support acknologment through an award.

  • Ethel November 30, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Well deserved