Natural Resources Staff


Mark Brown, Interim Natural Resources Program Manager - Mark’s environmental career spans 35 years in Florida, including several years employed for two engineering & environmental consulting firms and the remaining with various public agencies (SWFWMD, Hillsborough & Polk Counties, FDOT-District 7, USDA-NRCS, City of Gainesville). His experiences include a range of technical evaluations, as well as project & program design; managerial positions involving environmental assessments, regulatory permitting, ecosystem restoration; mitigation, and habitat management. His EPD responsibilities include development review (DRC, land use, zoning), assisting landowners and consultants with environmental assessments, coordination and collaboration with Alachua County’s municipalities.

Phone: 352-264-6815,


Eliana Bardi, Senior Environmental Planner - Eliana graduated from the University of Florida Center for Wetlands with a Master's Degree in Environmental Engineering Sciences, and has worked in academia and the private and public sectors over her career. Her responsibilities at the county include environmental review of development projects (DRC, land use, zoning), code development, citizen assistance, and website and educational materials development. Eliana is a Certified Public Manager and Green Globes Professional and has been working to encourage Low Impact Development and green building practices in Alachua County.

Phone: 352-264-6810,


Emily Rodriguez, Senior Enviromental Specialist  - A lifelong Alachua County resident, Emily graduated from the University of Florida with a Master’s degree in Forest Resources and Conservation. She enjoys birding, hiking, and paddling throughout north Florida and has a passion for native plant landscaping. Emily previously worked at EPD in the Water Resources Division enforcing the County’s irrigation rules. Her duties currently include citizen assistance and code enforcement for building and construction permits.

Phone: 352-264-6836,


Betty Rosenblatt, Senior Environmental Specialist - Betty's background in geology (specifically hydrogeology) has been invaluable in developing guidelines for signigicant geologic feature protection and water conservation planning. Her responsibilities include development review (building permits),dock permitting,compliance and enforcement. She has also been engaged in educational outreach efforts targeted particularly to lake shore home owners.

Phone: 352-264-6814,


Sandy McGee, Senior Environmental Specialist - Sandy's extensive background as a Regulatory Scientist with the St. Johns River Water Management District gives her invaluable experience in this position.  Her educational background is in Environmental Studies. Responsibilities include development review (building permits), compliance and enforcement.  She also volunteers for many educational outreach programs administered by the County and local schools. Her interests include exploring natural habitats and educating others in the same.

Phone: 352-264-6813,