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Charlie Hunsicker

Charlie Hunsicker has been involved in a wide variety of environmental issues during a 37-year career with Manatee County Government. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University. 

Reporting to the County Administrator, he is currently the Director for Manatee County's Parks & Natural Resources Department with 174 employees with five divisions. The Resource Management Division is responsible for over 30,000 acres of County conservation preserve lands, coastal resources, and recreational boating facilities.

The Environmental Protection Division is responsible for monitoring the County’s surface and groundwater resources, air quality, and permitting for phosphate mining and mineral extraction. The Volunteer/Education Division is responsible for outreach programs in the preserves, including volunteer restoration events and recreational field trips.  

The Agriculture and Extension Division is responsible for applying research-based solutions to everyday problems to improve the lives of Manatee County citizens.  The Recreation Division is responsible for providing various recreational programs including summer camps, aquatics, fitness, and ball related sports.  Mr. Hunsicker directs the beach renourishment program for Anna Maria Island’s nine miles of sandy beach. Mr. Hunsicker is also responsible for development of environmental grants from state and federal sources benefiting Manatee County, and serves as the County Commission’s congressional liaison.