Rachael L. Bennett, District 5
Rachael L. Bennett graduated from the University of Florida in 1981 with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree (BLA). She spent nearly 15 years in Atlanta during which time she pursued her career as the principal and owner of a landscape architectural consulting company working with corporate and academic clients. Rachael's grandfather and father both lived in Florida and in 2001, Rachael returned to Florida to become the third generation of her family to live and work in this lovely state. She began her career here by working for St. Johns County as the Assistant Zoning Manager and had the opportunity to interact with a wide cross-section of the residents, businesses, and professionals. It was during this time that she became thoroughly familiar with the County growth management regulations and policies.
In 2004, Rachael joined the engineering firm England, Thims & Miller, Inc. as a Senior Planner, and became involved in project planning and management, and interaction with regulatory agencies. After an offer from one of her clients, Rachael joined The Hutson Companies as a planner and was soon promoted to Vice- President. Her tenure at Hutson Companies saw her involved with planning, permitting and project management, and most recently with management of the timberlands and farm lands of Elkton Green, Inc. the farm-based affiliate located in St. Johns County.
Rachael now has an independent consulting company in St. Augustine specializing in land management, SJRWMD permitting issues, ad valorem property tax management, management of farming leases, and keeping track of the farm and timber properties to make sure they continue to qualify for Best Management Practices standing with the various Florida agencies. Rachael is a conservative Republican, a staunch supporter of property rights, and believes in the importance of individual initiative, the entrepreneurial spirit, and free enterprise as the basis of a healthy economic system.
Rachael lives on Anastasia Island with her two dogs, is an avid reader, and spends most of any free time that she has, working in and enjoying her garden that provides fresh fruit, herbs, vegetables and flowers for her table year 'round.
- St. Augustine Art Association
- St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce
- Friends of the Library
- St. Johns Federated Republican Women
- St. Johns County Republican Executive Committee
- Betty Griffin House
- Habitat of St. Johns County