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Jacksonville's Herschel Vinyard to head Florida Department of Environmental Protection

The Buzz is that incoming Gov. Rick Scott will announce Herschel Vinyard as his new Department of Environmental Protection secretary. The announcement could come today.

Vinyard is director of business operations at Jacksonville's BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards. The company has shipyards in Jacksonville, Mayport and Mobile, Ala.

Vinyard was a member of Scott's transition team for economic development issues and has a connection to Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton, who appointed Vinyard to the Jacksonville Port Authority in 2008. Peyton's chief of staff and campaign manager have worked for Scott's campaign and transition.

Vinyard is a former chairman of the Shipbuilders Council of America, the trade association of the U.S. shipyard industry that represents 44 companies that own and operate more than 100 shipyards in along all three coasts and the Great Lakes.

He was vice president of Atlantic Marine Holding Company, before it was bought by BAE. Before joining Atlantic Marine, he a shareholder at Smith, Husley & Busley from 1990-1999. He was also a tri-chair of the First Coast Manufacturers Association.