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Statement: Ocean Conservancy Applauds Governor’s Pick for Chief Resilience Officer

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St. Petersburg, FL – Ocean Conservancy’s Director of Florida Conservation Jon Paul “J.P.” Brooker released the following statement this afternoon applauding Governor Ron DeSantis’ appointment of Dr. Wesley Brooks for the state’s Chief Resilience Officer:

“Florida’s coastal environment is at a crossroads, and now more than ever, we need strong, empowered leadership in the face of the existential threats posed by the warming, rising ocean,” said Brooker. “This means increasingly frequent and severe tropical weather, flooding streets and municipal infrastructure, and dramatic impacts to our iconic wildlife and Floridian way of life. Ocean Conservancy has long supported Governor DeSantis’ creation of the Chief Resilience Officer position, and we are pleased with the appointment of Dr. Wesley Brooks to this role. We look forward to working with Dr. Brooks to developing evidence-based solutions that protect Florida and our ocean planet.”


Jon Paul J.P. Brooker is available for interviews upon request.

Ocean Conservancy is working to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges. Together with our partners, we create science-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it. For more information, visit, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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