New Florida Citrus Commissioner Appointed

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Gov. Rick Scott appointed a new member to the Florida Citrus Commission.

govPat Schirard is the president of GEM Indian River Select and a citrus grower in Lake, Brevard, Polk and Indian River counties. Schirard, 57, of Vero Beach, represents District 1, which includes the Indian River area on the east coast of Florida, where the majority of Florida grapefruit is grown. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.

Schirard is appointed to a vacant seat previously held by Lee Bouldin. He will serve for a term beginning May 24, 2018 and ending May 31, 2019.

The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

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