Answered By: Rich Gause Last Updated: Dec 12, 2014 Views: 102
"The Department of Natural Resources was created in 1969 (Ch. 69-106, Laws of Florida), combining the functions of the State Board of Conservation; the Canal Authority; the Commission on Marine Sciences and Technology; the Florida Keys Aqueduct Commission; the Board of Parks and Historic Memorials; the Outdoor Recreational Development Council; the Board of Drainage Commissioners; and the Suwannee River Development Authority. In 1975, the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund also became part of the Department of Natural Resources (Ch. 75-22, Laws).
The Department was responsible for the administration, supervision, development, and conservation of the natural resources of Florida. The Governor and Cabinet headed the Department and appointed an Executive Director who managed the Department. The 1993 Legislature combined the Department of Environmental Regulation with the Department of Natural Resources into a new Department of Environmental Protection (Ch. 93-213, Laws)."
"The Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission was created in 1935 (Ch. 17016, Laws of Florida) to supersede the Department of Game and Fresh Water Fish (1927, Ch. 11838, Laws). The post of State Game and Fish Commissioner was originally created in 1913 (Ch. 6535, Laws) in the Department of Game and Fish. In 1969, the Commission was placed under the nominal control of the Department of Natural Resources (Ch. 69-106, Laws). In 1977, the Commission was reconstituted as an independent entity (Ch. 77-204, Laws).
As the result of a constitutional amendment passed in the November 1998 elections, effective July 1, 1999 the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was established (Article IV, Section 9, Florida Constitution), merging the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission and the Marine Fisheries Commission into one body with responsibility for conserving the state's fresh and saltwater aquatic life and wild animal life. Several marine-related programs administered by the Department of Environmental Protection, such as the Florida Marine Patrol, the Florida Marine Research Institute, and manatee and sea turtle programs, were also merged into the commission."
(Source: State Archives of Florida Online Catalog)