Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of William Hogarth, Paul “Jack” Bispham and Johnnie Hall to the Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board.
William Hogarth
Hogarth, of Treasure Island, is the former Director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography at the University of South Florida. Previously, he served as Dean of the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science and as the Assistant Administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Services at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Hogarth earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from the University of Richmond and his doctorate degree in marine fisheries from North Carolina State University.
Paul “Jack” Bispham
Bispham, of Myakka City, is the Owner and Operator of Red Bluff Plantation and Paul’s Parrish. Previously he was the Owner and Operator of Bayside Sod. Bispham has served on the Southwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board since 2019 and previously served on the Manasota Basin Board. He has also served on the Sarasota Planning Commission and is a member of the Sarasota Sportsmen’s Association and The Argus Foundation. Bispham earned his bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Florida.
Johnnie Hall
Hall, of Auburndale, is a Cattle Rancher and the owner of Polk Community Association Management. Previously, he served two terms on the Polk County Board of County Commissioners. Hall is a member of the Polk County Cattleman’s Association and a Registered Environmental Manager with the National Registry of Environmental Professionals. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Saint Leo University.
These appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

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