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Coogler replaced on water district board

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 9, 2003

As he expected, Monroe "Al" Coogler was not reappointed to the governing board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Gov. Jeb Bush on Friday named a Brooksville woman, Judith C. Whitehead, as his successor. Coogler intended to serve one term but changed his mind at the end of his four-year stint. He said his reappointment chances were hurt by state Sen. Nancy Argenziano and by his support of the controversial Wysong Dam project. Argenziano, who criticized Coogler for not being receptive to the head of a local water group, recommended Kennedy Smith of Crystal River and Bill Connery of Sugarmill Woods. But Gov. Bush went with Whitehead, owner of Residential Appraisal Service.

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