Florida Keys News - Key West Citizen
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Three on FKAA board reupped

Three Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority commissioners have retained their seats on the board.

Gov. Rick Scott announced late Monday the reappointments of Antoinette "Toni" M. Appell, J. Robert Dean and David C. Ritz to the Aqueduct Authority board. All three members' terms run through Dec. 30, 2016.

Appell, 68, of Marathon, works in the administrative offices of the Monroe County School District. She has served on the board since February 2009.

Dean, 81, of Key West, is owner and funeral director of Dean Lopez Funeral Services. He has been on the board since January 2005.

Ritz, 53, of Key Largo, is president of Ocean Reef Community Association. He has served on the board since January 2005.

The trio has served during some of the agency's most busy times.

During their tenure, the agency completed a reverse osmosis water plant in Florida City and wastewater treatment plants and systems that serve the greater Big Coppitt Key area and Layton. The agency has also embarked on a $180 million project to build a wastewater treatment system to serve an area from Cudjoe Key to Big Pine Key.

"They are in the middle of a major project and it is good to keep continuity on the board," Aqueduct Authority Executive Director Kirk Zuelch said. "I think it's an excellent board and the governor recognizes that."

tohara@keysnews.com

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