Phil Leary, AICP, is a licensed real estate associate, and certified professional land use planner specializing in agricultural land, timberland, farmland, development and investment properties.
Phil has strong ties with the agricultural sector, having worked on and managed both vegetable and cattle operations and thirty years of experience in the fields of agriculture, forestry, land use planning and environmental regulation working for local, state government and the private sector.
Within the real estate industry, Phil has marketed and sold several diverse properties including vegetable farms, packing facilities and large forestry tracts. His certification as a professional land use planner and as Principal Consultant of Leary Governmental Affairs, also allows him to advise clients in the specific areas of environmental regulation, economic development, growth management, land and water use.
From 1993 to 2004, he served as director of government and community affairs for the Florida Farm Bureau Federation, the largest general farm membership organization in the State of Florida. There, he represented Farm Bureau policy positions as they pertained to local government, the State legislature and Congress, with direct responsibilities for agriculture production issues relating to regulatory agency rule making and implementation.
Phil was planning and development director for Clay County and Putnam County, and worked four years as water resource specialist with St. Johns River Water Management District.
He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Florida and American Planning Associations, Florida and American Farm Bureau Federations, Florida Forestry Association, University of Florida Alumni Association, Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists, and the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture – natural resources and environmental economics, with certificate minor in environmental studies from the University of Florida. He completed post graduate work in public administration, policy, and planning at the University of North Florida. He resides in Saint Johns, FL.
Public/private sector consulting on legislative, environmental, land use, and other issues