Scott appoints Key West conch to state wildlife commission

The president of a Key West real-estate development company has been named to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, replacing the former chairman who announced last week he is stepping down after 12 years on the board.

The appointment late Friday of Robert Spottswood by Gov. Rick Scott came three days after Richard Corbett, whose term on the board was scheduled to expire in January 2018, submitted his resignation to Scott.

Corbett, a Tampa resident who has been on the commission since February 2003 and was named chairman in June 2013, didn't state a reason for his decision in a letter to Scott.

In appointing Corbett's replacement, Scott expressed confidence in Spottswood, who created Spottswood Companies.

“As a sixth generation Floridian from the Keys, I know Robert cares deeply about our beautiful state and preserving Florida as the fishing capital of the world,” Scott said in the release.

Spottswood will face Senate confirmation for the commission position in 2016.