Gary holds a M.S. degree in Marine Biology and Coastal Zone Management and a B.S. degree in Zoology.
Gary Milano is a Senior Environmental Scientist/Biologist and Habitat Restoration Specialist. He was the Program Director for the Miami-Dade County Department of Environmental Resources Management Habitat Restoration Program from 1980 to 2013. In this role, his responsibilities included identifying and prioritizing regional restoration opportunities; developing legal agreements with local and federal governments: developing the habitat restoration designs; applying for local, state, and federal environmental permits; obtaining funding grants; coordinating the contractor selection process; overseeing the restoration; and conducting and supervising the success monitoring.
During his tenure with the County, he coordinated and managed the restoration of more than 600 acres of wetlands, 150 acres of coastal and dune communities, 150 acres of tropical hardwood hammock, 22 islands in Biscayne Bay and two barrier island ecosystem projects. From 1975 to 1980, he was a Research Biologist for the State of Florida Department of Natural Resources. From 1974 to 1975 he was a research assistant at the State of South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Marine Resources Research Institute.
Gary joined the Friends of Biscayne Bay BOD in 2020. He has been recognized with numerous local environmental awards and the Natural Areas Association Carl N. Becker Stewardship Award presented in 2008. In addition, he was recognized as the Miami-Dade County 2008 Employee of the Year.