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Alligator Ron Bergeron Profile

Ron Bergeron was raised in South Florida, home to eight generations of his family where they lived and breathed a culture within the elements of nature. He grew up in the small Town of Davie with a population of approximately 500 where his parents owned and ran a small grocery store. “There were more places to tie your horse than park a car in front of his store. My parents expected respect, discipline, responsibility and kindness.”

His success didn’t come easy, “It was quite a journey, I was very disciplined.” At the age of 18 he left home with $235.12 in his pocket and started clearing land with a machete, a rope and a 1954 Mercury truck to drag off the trees. His first business, Bergeron Land Development, was launched in 1965 when he bought a 1943 Ford Ferguson tractor. After the land clearing work started to slow he bought his first bulldozer and went from building driveways to building one of the largest contracts in the state at the time, the I95 – I595 and Sawgrass Expressway, I595 – I75 Interchanges. He is now one of the most successful and largest site development & roadway contractors in the State of Florida. Bergeron Land Development continues to be among Florida’s Top 100 Contractors in Southeast Construction Magazine every year.

In addition to all of his entrepreneurial efforts overseeing an empire of more than 40 successful companies, Ron’s dedication to all God’s creatures extends to both the 2 and 4 legged kind. His love of the Florida wildlife and understanding of their needs to be protected motivates him to budget half of his time to Everglades conservation. He is currently serving as a Commissioner for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and is the Florida Wildlife Conservation Point Commissioner over the entire Florida Everglades. In addition to this great responsibility, he was honored as 1 of the 4 finalists for the “2011 Conservationist of the Year” by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

A true cowboy at heart, Ron Bergeron has competed in professional rodeo for 30+ years. In 1984 Ron qualified for the International Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. To this day you can find him roping every Wednesday night at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds which the Town of Davie named after his family to honor the contributions the family has made to the Town of Davie.

Ron Bergeron is personally responsible for raising millions of dollars for organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs, Partnership for the Homeless, the Homeless Center, Arthritis Foundation, Wildlife Foundation as well as countless other nonprofit organizations.

Through the Years…

Emergency Lake Okeechobee back-pumping granted to save wildlife

The South Florida Water Management District was granted emergency permission today to back pump clean water into Lake Okeechobee to save animals and plants in bloated water conservation areas. Read more

Ron Bergeron says decision on Florida governor race likely 'around August'

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Florida's FWC says 'no' to bear hunt in 2017

Environmental groups breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday after the state voted to not hold a bear hunt this year. Read more

Green Glades West with Guy Harvey

Ron Bergeron & Guy Harvey team up to discuss the importance of Everglades Preservation. Read more

Keep Florida Fishing Statement on Everglades Tour by Sen. Bill Nelson and Sen. John Thune

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Now is the time to scout for turkey season

Wild turkeys are creatures of habit, so scouting for the birds can greatly increase[...] Read more

Ron Bergeron considers throwing his (cowboy) hat into 2018 race for governor

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Panther numbers growing

"It’s probably one of the greatest success stories in the history of endangered species," Bergeron said. "Back in 1981 when we started the estimate, we were down to about 20. It’s been a long journey." Read more

US Builders Review: Bergeron Land Development Inc.

Bergeron Land Development Inc. featured in US Builders Review Read more

The Who's Who in Building and Construction

South Florida land developer dedicated to community and environment. Bergeron Land Development Inc. Read more

GPS marking cameras at Bergeron's Green Glades West

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Animal refuges threatened by flooding in Florida Everglades

Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Parts of Florida’s Everglades are so waterlogge... Read more

Torrential Rain Causing Big Problems For Everglades Wildlife

CBS Miami All that rain in the beginning of June is causing big problems in the Everglades. I... Read more

Emergency Lake Okeechobee back-pumping granted to save wildlife

The South Florida Water Management District was granted emergency permission today to back pump clean water into Lake Okeechobee to save animals and plants in bloated water conservation areas. Read more

High water levels threaten survival of Everglades, expert warns

By Steve Waters Sun Sentinel  Heavy rains earlier this month caused water to rise so high th... Read more

Everglades flooding risk could send more water pollution to Lake Okeechobee

Emergency pumping to ease Everglades flooding could end up worsening pollution in Lake Okeechobee. ... Read more

Flood gates can now open into endangered sparrow territory

Kimberly Miller Palm Beach Post Water will be allowed to flow south out of swollen water conse... Read more

SFWMD and Army Corps Take Emergency Action to Deal with Flooded Everglades

Nancy Smith Sunshine State News South Florida Water Management District staff were in emergen... Read more

Recent rains causing tragic battle for survival in Everglades

Epic rains this month quenched Florida’s drought, but sparked a tragic battle for survival in the ... Read more

Heavy Rains Put Everglades in 'Emergency Room', Force Wildlife Officials to Make Tough Choices

Eric Chaney weather.com The Everglades are in the midst of a “catastrophic” flood event. ... Read more

Animals running out of dry ground due to flooding in Florida Everglades

Todd Tongen Local 10 ABC News MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - Parts of Florida's Everglades a... Read more

Record South Florida rain threatens Glades wildlife, sets stage for summer water woes

Jenny Staletovich Miami Herald   So much rain so early in the wet season has led t... Read more

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