Soil & Water District Welcomes New Board Members

On Thursday, Jan. 24, the Palm Beach Soil & Water Conservation District welcomed new supervisors Michelle Sylvester and Jonathan Shaw.

Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Chief Deputy Robin Rorapaugh administered the oath of office to the new supervisors, as well as Supervisor Eva Webb, who was re-elected to Seat 5.

“We are delighted to welcome Ms. Sylvester and Mr. Shaw to the board,” District Chair Rob Long said. “They will both provide great benefits to the district and serve the community well. We are also fortunate to have Mrs. Webb for another term. She has been a great advocate for the district and agriculture in Palm Beach County.”

Sylvester is a South Florida native. She currently manages a dermatopathology laboratory in Jupiter and is co-owner of Paws on the Avenue, a holistic pet supply store in downtown Lake Worth. She serves the City of Lake Worth as chair of the C51 Canal Advisory Committee and is a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee-Bond Referendum and represents the Lake Worth Business Alliance.

Shaw has lived in Palm Beach County for more than 38 years. He has more than 30 years of experience in water resources and is a principal hydrogeologist at the South Florida Water Management District. He has served on previous county environmental boards, and as an officer on several homeowners’ association boards and other civic organizations.

The Palm Beach Soil & Water Conservation District is a nonprofit organization that is a division of the State of Florida with a mission to educate the community about soil and water conservation and assist growers with best management practices and cost-share funding. For more information, visit