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Environmental chief silent on state lands director's departure

Florida's top environmental official, Secretary Jon Steverson of the Department of Environmental Protection, confirmed Tuesday that he accepted the resignation of Kelley Boree, director of the Division of State Lands. As Steverson left a Cabinet meeting, he said Boree resigned her job last Friday.

Asked whether Boree resigned voluntarily, Steverson said, "She resigned," and referred all other questions to his press office. Steverson has appointed his Cabinet affairs director, David Clark, to also assume Boree's duties on an acting basis.

Boree's resignation was first reported by the Florida Politics news site Tuesday. Boree came to DEP in May 2014 from the city of Jacksonville, where he ran that city's parks department. She was paid $115,000 a year to oversee the management of more than 12 million acres of land, lakes, rivers and islands.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Steverson briefed him on Boree's resignation and said he knew it involved "circumstances relating to a state procurement," but he referred questions to DEP. Putnam praised Steverson's outreach and openness in bringing the issue to his attention.