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Bush appoints two to Swiftmud governing board, ignores request

(ran PS, PC editions of Pasco Times)

Gov. Jeb Bush on Friday announced the appointments of Judith C. Whitehead, 59, of Brooksville and Talmadge "Jerry" Rice, 61, of Dade City to the governing board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

The appointments mean that Monroe "Al" Coogler of Black Diamond in Citrus County, who had sought reappointment to the board, will lose his seat. Coogler had predicted that he would not be reappointed because of his disagreements with state Sen. Nancy Argenziano and his support of the controversial Wysong Dam in Citrus County.

Whitehead, who owns Residential Appraisal Service in Brooksville, succeeds Coogler. She was appointed to a four-year term that ends in March 2007.

Rice, also appointed to a four-year term, is co-owner of Century 21 Prime Property Resources Inc. in Bushnell. He succeeds John Renke III, now a circuit judge in Pasco County.

Both appointments require confirmation by the Florida Senate.