A former governor is honored for his environmental stewardship. Bob Martinez, who served as governor from 1987 – 1991, was in Tallahassee Monday for the renaming of the of the laboratory complex at the Department of Environmental Protection.
During his four years in office, Martinez fought against oil drilling off the coast and championed a variety of programs like Everglades Restoration and Preservation 2000.
Gov. Charlie Crist says he set the standard for all three governors who followed him.
“He worked extraordinarily hard to make sure that we would protect and preserve Florida for future generations, and he did it from his heart and there’s no greater calling than that: to do what you believe is right, to work hard every day to get it done.”
Gov. Martinez says he appreciates the honor, but he thinks the real heroes are the people who work at the Department of Environmental Protection.
“It’s not an easy task. It’s a huge state with tremendous amounts of conflict. It takes a great effort to carry out the law, the policy of the state of Florida in an area where there are so many competing interests, and the fact that we’ve been able to do that can only be credited to those who work it day in and day out in a very, very difficult task.”
After leaving the Governor’s Mansion, Martinez went on to serve as Drug Czar for the first President Bush. He’s now a private citizen in Tampa, where he also served as mayor in the early 80s.