2017 Board Recognitions

expand Date: 5/2/2017


05-02-17 Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day
The good health and general well-being of the people of Lee County, Florida is strengthened by our knowledge and understanding of a little-known genetic disorder called Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS); and

WHEREAS, children with CdLS are usually born with low birth weight and develop at a slower rate, both cognitively and physically, and experience various medical complications; and

WHEREAS, dedicated professionals are presently involved in valuable research to explore new therapies and diagnostic tools and to offer hope to children with CdLS; and

WHEREAS, an estimated 20,000 men, women and children in the United States have CdLS but remain undiagnosed or without support services; therefore, they miss out on critical medical services and support that can impact their quality of life; and

WHEREAS, the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation observes National CdLS Awareness Day on the second Saturday of May each year to educate all segments of the population about the syndrome; and

WHEREAS, Lee County is pleased to join people throughout our nation in promoting a special celebration which seeks to raise awareness of Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, designed to have a positive and productive impact on the lives of all people with CdLS and their caregivers.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, does hereby proclaim May 13, 2017 as Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day in Lee County and encourages all citizens to take part in activities and observances designed to increase awareness and understanding of the syndrome.


 


05-02-17 Letter Carriers Food Drive Day
The National Association of Letter Carriers will conduct its 25th annual national food drive on Saturday, May 13, 2017.  The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, the country’s largest single-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need in the community; and

WHEREAS, letter carriers are requesting that customers leave non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, peanut butter, rice or cereal, next to their mailbox before their regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 13, 2017; and
                           
WHEREAS, local letter carriers will collect the food donations as they deliver mail along their postal routes; and

WHEREAS, the collected food donations will go to the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida to be packed, sorted, and distributed to more than 150 local agencies that feed people in need.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, does hereby proclaim Saturday, May 13, 2017 as LETTER CARRIERS’ NATIONAL FOOD DRIVE DAY in Lee County and urges citizens to support our local letter carriers in their food drive to help alleviate hunger in our community.


 


05-02-17 Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
Motorcycle riding in the Sunshine State is considered to be some of the best in the nation because of the climate and scenery in Florida; and

WHEREAS, motorcycle riding is an energy-efficient form of transportation, increasingly used for commuting, touring and recreation; and

WHEREAS, more than one million drivers in Florida have a motorcycle endorsement on their driver license, and findings show a greater need for public awareness due to the increased numbers of motorcycles on the streets and highways of Florida; and

WHEREAS, motorcyclists and motorists must all be vigilant in their efforts to share the road and ensure the safety of everyone; and

WHEREAS, Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is intended to encourage other motor vehicle operators to share the roadways, be cautious, and check twice for motorcycles;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, does hereby proclaim that May 2017 shall be known, designated, and set aside as MOTORCYCLE SAFETY AWARENESS MONTH in Lee County and urges all motorists to heighten their awareness of motorcyclists.


 
expand Date: 4/18/2017


04-18-17 Length of Service
04-18-17 Length of Service


 


04-18-17 Try Transit Day
The State of Florida is dedicated to improving air quality, reducing traffic congestion, promoting health and physical fitness, and reducing energy consumption; and

WHEREAS, the Florida Department of Transportation, District One, through its Commuter Services Program, contributes
to these state goals by reducing traffic congestion and lowering greenhouse gas emissions throughout the region, by promoting the use of alternative commute modes; and

WHEREAS, Lee County Government and Lee County Transit, LeeTran, are promoting “Try Transit Day” on April 21, 2017 to raise awareness of our destinations and routes in Lee County; and

WHEREAS, LeeTran will offer free rides on “Try Transit Day” on all LeeTran fixed routes, in collaboration with Collier County Area Transit’s “Try Transit Day” to encourage residents
and visitors to use public transit.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, does hereby proclaim Friday, April 21, 2017 to be REGIONAL TRY TRANSIT DAY in Lee County and encourages residents and visitors to try alternative forms of transportation to work, school, shopping, or play.

Duly executed this 18th day of April 2017.


 
expand Date: 4/4/2017


04-04-17 Bike Month
Many Lee County residents own bicycles and surveys indicate that the majority of Southwest Florida drivers ride a bicycle at least once a year, over one-third ride a bicycle at least once a month and more than 25 million Florida residents and tourists ride bicycles each year; and

WHEREAS, a bicycle is recognized as a vehicle and is a viable means of transportation for many types of trips and destinations; and

WHEREAS, national health organizations, environmental agencies, and physical fitness activists believe increased bicycling to be of national interest for health purposes; and

WHEREAS, an increase in the use of bicycles in place of motor vehicle use will correspondingly decrease greenhouse gas emissions in Lee County; and

WHEREAS, Lee County has an interest in encouraging the use of bicycles, increasing education, and promoting safety and awareness that our roadways are shared by bicycles and cars; and

WHEREAS, since 1998, Lee County has invested millions of dollars to construct approximately 1,405 miles of bicycle facilities as part of roadway improvements and retrofitting of existing roadways; and

WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners adopted a Complete Streets Resolution on November 10, 2009; and

WHEREAS, the month of May is being promoted by the League of American Bicyclists as National Bike Month, with Wednesday, May 10, 2017 as Bike-to-School Day and the week of May 15-19, 2017 as Bike-to-Work Week, and Friday, May 19, 2017 as Bike-to-Work Day;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, does hereby declare May 2017 to be Bike Month, with Wednesday, May 10, 2017 as Bike-to-School Day and the week of May 15-19, 2017 as Bike-to-Work Week, and Friday, May 19, 2017 as Bike-to-Work Day in Lee County.


 


04-04-17 Presentation to Board by Combat Infantrymen
04-04-17 Presentation to Veteran Services from Combat Infantry Men’s Association


 
expand Date: 3/22/2017


3-21-17 Crime Victims' Rights Week
Americans are the victims of more than 20 million crimes each year and crime can touch the lives of anyone regardless of age, national origin, race, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, immigration, or economic status; and

WHEREAS, intervening early with services that support and empower victims provides a pathway to recovery from crime and abuse; and

WHEREAS, the victim services community has worked for decades to create an environment for victims that is safe, supportive, and effective; and

WHEREAS, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is April 2-8, 2017 and is an opportune time to commit to ensuring that all victims of crime are offered accessible and appropriate services in the aftermath of crime; and

WHEREAS, honoring the rights of victims, including the right to be heard and to be treated with fairness, dignity, and respect, and working to meet their needs rebuilds their trust in the criminal justice and social service systems; and

WHEREAS, Lee County is dedicated to serving victims, building trust, and restoring hope for justice and healing;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, does hereby proclaim
the week of April 2-8, 2017 as Crime Victims’ Rights Week in
Lee County and recognizes those community members, victim service providers, and criminal justice professionals who are committed to improving our response to all victims of crime so that they may find relevant assistance, support, justice, and peace.


 


3-21-17 Horizon Council Service Award
3-21-17 Horizon Council Service Award


 
expand Date: 3/7/2017


03-07-17 Believing in Girls Month
March is Women’s History Month in the United States, a time when our nation reflects on the valuable contributions women make to our society; and

WHEREAS, the young women of Florida are considered to be tomorrow’s leaders; and

WHEREAS, it is very important that we provide young women access to the resources and opportunities they need to reach their full potential; and

WHEREAS, the PACE Center for Girls is instrumental in helping promote a better future through education, counseling, training, and advocacy, in collaboration with Florida’s Department of Children and Families, Department of Education, and Department of Juvenile Justice; and

WHEREAS, women are dynamic invaluable contributors to society; and

WHEREAS, February 6, 2017 marked the tenth anniversary of PACE Center for Girls providing services in Lee County; and

WHEREAS, March 14th is the ninth annual Grande Dames Tea, and PACE Center for Girls of Lee County will be honoring three local women for their lifelong impact in business, philanthropy and community engagement, and promoting awareness of the services provided by PACE Center for Girls of Lee County;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County  Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, does hereby proclaim that March 2017 shall be known, designated, and set aside as Believing in Girls Month in Lee County and urges all residents to engage in the Grande Dames Tea to honor the female spirit and promote the potential of all girls and women.


 


03-07-17 Paulette Burton Award
03-07-17 Paulette Burton Award


 
expand Date: 2/21/2017


02-21-17 Engineers Week
Engineers help to design, construct, and maintain the public and private infrastructure and facilities that contribute to the quality of life of all of the residents of Lee County; and

Whereas, maintaining the quality of life in Lee County during periods of both substantial growth and uncertain economic times depends in part on engineers developing innovative, creative and highly efficient solutions to a myriad of technical problems; and

Whereas, above all else in the practice of their profession, engineers hold paramount the health, safety, and welfare of all persons; and

Whereas, through the celebration of Engineers Week each year, the Calusa Chapter of the Florida Engineering Society is dedicated to developing and sustaining a dynamic engineering profession by ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce, and by raising the public’s understanding and appreciation of engineering contributions to society; and

Whereas, this Board wishes to recognize and honor all engineers who live and work in Lee County and who practice the profession of engineering in an honorable, responsible, and competent manner and those students who have chosen to be educated in the field of engineering.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby extend greetings and best wishes to all observing Engineers Week, February 19-25, 2017.


 


02-21-17 Candy Pittro Award
02-21-17 Candy Pittro Award


 


02-21-17 Red Sox Spring Training
Lee County welcomes the Boston Red Sox and their fans back to their 25th  Spring Training in our community and the sixth season at JetBlue Park; and

Whereas,  JetBlue Park at Fenway South opened in 2012 with the same field dimensions as Fenway Park.  It  hosts Red Sox Spring Training games, the FHSAA State Baseball Finals, amateur baseball tournaments, youth soccer events, and more; and

Whereas, we are now in the sixth year of a 30-year lease agreement with the ballclub, thereby guaranteeing that Lee County will be the Spring Training home of the Red Sox through at least 2041; and

Whereas,  Lee County recognizes and thanks the Red Sox for helping to raise millions of dollars for our community not-for-profits.  The Red Sox will continue last year’s initiative where they created a scholarship fund that will give a $5,000 scholarship to one student at all 13 public high schools in Lee County; and

Whereas,  the Boston Red Sox’s presence here has garnered international attention and thousands of fans for Lee County, which in turn generates a significant impact for our tourism industry; and   

Whereas, the 2017 Spring Training season will mark the fourth year of competition between the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins to win the “Chairman’s Cup”;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida – along with Lee County’s Parks & Recreation Department, Visitor & Convention Bureau, Sports Development Office, and Facilities Construction & Management Department – does hereby proclaim its full support for the Boston Red Sox organization and we send our most sincere best wishes for success in the upcoming 2017 baseball season.


 


02-21-17 Minnesota Twins Spring Training
Lee County welcomes the Minnesota Twins and their families back to the 27th Spring Training at the newly renovated CenturyLink Sports Complex and Hammond Stadium; and

Whereas,  Lee County Government officially welcomed the Twins into Hammond Stadium in 1991, and in 2015 completed a facility renovation that includes myriad improvements to benefit players and fans; and

Whereas, the completion of the renovation triggered a new 30-year lease agreement with the ballclub, thereby guaranteeing that Lee County will have a 50-year cumulative partnership with the Twins organization; and

Whereas, the Twins are beneficial community partners with many local not-for-profits and youth organizations, and have hosted more than a decade of free youth baseball clinics with its coaches and players in partnership with Lee County Parks & Recreation that have reached more than 5,000 participants; and

Whereas,  our partnership with the Twins has buoyed well-established ties to the Twin Cities with a significant number of tourists visiting us each year from the Upper Midwest region; and

Whereas, the 2017 Spring Training season will mark the fourth year of competition between the Minnesota Twins and the Boston Red Sox to win the “Chairman’s Cup”;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida – along with Lee County’s Parks & Recreation Department, Visitor & Convention Bureau, Sports Development Office, and Facilities Construction & Management department – does hereby proclaim its full support for the Minnesota Twins organization, and we send our most sincere best wishes for success in the upcoming 2017 baseball season.


 
expand Date: 1/24/2017


01-24-17 Human Trafficking Awareness
January 2017 has been designated as National Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month by the federal government; and
  
Whereas, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and community organizations founded one of the first human trafficking task forces in the country in 2005 which continues to be actively involved in the fight against modern day slavery through the U.S. Attorney’s Southwest Florida Human Trafficking Task Force; and

Whereas, the State of Florida is recognized as one of three states with the highest incidence of human trafficking and also as one of the states which is doing the most to combat this crime in terms of legislation and victims treated; and

Whereas, federal, state and local law enforcement and local organizations such as the Southwest Florida Human Trafficking Task Force, Abuse Counseling Treatment, Catholic Charities, Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, Children’s Advocacy Center, FGCU, Hodges University and Lee Memorial Health System are working collaboratively to build awareness through community and educational events and trainings, prevention programs for youth, businesses and medical facilities.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, does hereby proclaim the month of January, 2017, as Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month in Lee County.


 


01-24-17 Length of Service
01-24-17 Length of Service