Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Doug Bournique, Jon “Chris” Peterson, Jr. and Cole Oliver to the St. Johns River Water Management District Governing Board.

Doug Bournique

Bournique, of Vero Beach, is the Executive Vice President of the Indian River Citrus League. Previously, he served on the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Fruits and Vegetables and on the Federal Reserve Bank’s Agriculture Advisory Council. Bournique received his bachelor’s degree in geology from Whittier College and his master’s degree in environmental protection from Florida Atlantic University.

Jon “Chris” Peterson, Jr.

Peterson, of Winter Park, is President of Hell’s Bay Marine, Inc., a shallow-water skiff boat manufacturer. Previously, he was president of Heath-Peterson Construction Corporation. Peterson serves on the advisory board for the University of Florida’s Biological Field Station at Cedar Key and was awarded the Conservation Award for Industry by the International Game Fish Association. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida.

Cole Oliver

Oliver, of Merritt Island, is an Attorney and Partner with Rossway Swan. Previously, he was an Attorney and Partner with McClelland Jones. Oliver’s community involvement includes serving on the Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy board and as a member of the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce. He is the Immediate Past Chair of the East Coast Zoological Society where he helped lead the Brevard Zoo’s mission to continue improving the Indian River Lagoon’s health and restoration. Oliver earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Washington and Lee University, his master of business administration in finance from Louisiana State University and his juris doctor from the University of Florida.

These appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.



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