Ron Bergeron’s appointment to water board ‘under review’ after $25 million contract comes to light

Broward County’s Ron Bergeron signed a $25 million no-bid construction contract with the South Florida Water Management District more than a week after Gov. Ron DeSantis tapped him for the district’s board.

Bergeron signed the contract calling for Bergeron Land Development Inc. to complete the district’s work on a stormwater treatment area in western Martin County on Feb. 6.

DeSantis said he “would like to appoint” Bergeron, a western Broward developer and former member of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission from 2007 to 2017, to the district board during a Jan. 29 ceremony in Fort Lauderdale.

Bergeron’s appointment is still “under review” to determine whether he “has any conflict of interest that might impede the work he would need to do” on the board, DeSantis spokeswoman Helen Ferre said late Tuesday afternoon.

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