Jon will use the Florida Scrub-Jay as a case study to demonstrate the struggles and challenges facing wildlife and natural systems in Sarasota County.
Jon is recognized as a strong advocate for the protection of our natural environment. A fifth-generation Floridian, he was raised on a farm near Osprey and began working at his family’s real estate company at 14. Jon began his environmental advocacy at Venice High School in 1974 as a founding member of the Ecology Club, and in 1996 he was featured in National Geographic for his efforts to protect endangered species.
Jon also has decades of experience working with and providing leadership for the region’s nonprofit community. He has worked on a variety of issues from the homeless, to the Legacy Trail and the redevelopment of the Bayfront.