2019 Board Recognitions

expand Date: 5/21/2019


5-21-19 Allen Park Elementary Odyssey of the Mindweb
WHEREAS, students from Allen Park Elementary School recently won the Division IA 2019 State of Florida Odyssey of the Mind Competition; and
 
WHEREAS, through their extraordinary efforts, this dynamic team, comprised of Richelle Britto, Victoria Busch, Nishini Fernando, Hailey Hartley, Jack McLean, Peyton Sidwell, and Finley Weirda, along with their coaches Jen Brooks and Sunshine Weirda spent many months preparing; and
 
WHEREAS, these students developed an 8-minute performance shedding light on three arguments that are representative of ongoing global issues that continue to divide humans: racial inequality, economic inequality, and religious division; they achieved this task and more through their commitment and countless hours of practice; and

WHEREAS, the Lee County Commissioners are pleased to publicly commend these exceptional students, their parents and school for their fine efforts; and
 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby proclaim and congratulate the “Allen Park 2019 Division IA Odyssey of the Mind Florida State Champions”.

Duly executed this 21st day of May 2019.             


 


5-21-19 Trauma Awareness Monthweb (2)
Whereas, Trauma Awareness Month is designed to raise regional attention to trauma and what must be done to reduce the devastating impact of traumatic injuries; and

Whereas, trauma is the leading cause of death for all Floridians between the ages of 5 and 46; with someone in Florida being traumatically injured every 12 minutes; enough every year to fill Hertz Arena 6 times; and

Whereas, motor vehicle crashes and falls resulting in blunt force trauma make up more than 70% of all trauma cases treated in our trauma district area each year; and

Whereas, national studies show that patient mortality is reduced by 15 – 20% when the patient is treated for traumatic injuries in a Trauma Center rather than in a non-trauma center; and

Whereas, nearly 1 million people reside in the Lee County Trauma Services District comprised of Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties; serviced by the only Trauma Center on the Florida Gulf Coast between Sarasota and Miami; and

Whereas, the Trauma Center at Lee Memorial celebrates 25 years of service and has provided lifesaving care to over 42,000 injured patients in the five county region; and

Whereas, recognition is due for the accomplishments and contributions to improve public welfare by providing quality trauma care for all residents and visitors;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida, does hereby extend greetings and best wishes to those observing Trauma Awareness Month during the month of May 2019.

Duly executed this 21st day of May 2019.


 


5-21-19 Motorcycle Awareness Monthweb
WHEREAS, 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 motorcycle riding is an energy-efficient form of transportation, increasingly used for commuting, touring and recreation; and
 
WHEREAS, more than 1.2 million drivers in Florida have a motorcycle endorsement on their driver license; and
 
WHEREAS, thousands of visitors come from northern states in the winter months to ride our roads and enjoy our beautiful weather and scenery; and

WHEREAS, findings show a greater need for public awareness due to the increased numbers of motorcycles on the streets and highways of Florida, and all motorists should 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 motorcycle;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby proclaim that May 2019 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.

Duly executed this 21st day of May 2019.


 
expand Date: 4/16/2019


04-16-19 Child Abuse Prevention Month
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida is a non-profit agency that provides services to children who have been abused or neglected including medical exams, family assessments, parent and community education, and therapeutic treatment for child victims and parents; and

Whereas, child abuse and neglect results in significant trauma to the child, family and society as it causes children to suffer serious illness and injury resulting in impairment of physical, intellectual and emotional functioning and well-being or even death; and

Whereas, through a national effort, Lee County community members are encouraged to join together to raise awareness throughout the month of April for those children fallen victim to abuse and neglect; and

Whereas, this effort will give abused and neglected children in our community, and around the country, a chance for a safe and positive future;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby proclaim the month of April 2019 as CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH in Lee County and urges all citizens to join the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida in the national effort to raise awareness and help prevent child abuse and neglect.


 


04-16-19 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 22, to raise awareness of our destinations and routes in Lee County; and

WHEREAS, LeeTran will offer free rides on “Try Transit Day” on Monday, April 22, on all LeeTran fixed routes 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 Monday, April 22, 2019 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.


 


04-16-19 Length of Service Awards
04-16-19 Length of Service Awards


 
expand Date: 4/2/2019


04-02-19 Paulette Burton Citizen of the Year Awards
04-02-19 Paulette Burton Citizen of the Year Awards


 


04-02-19 Keep Lee County Beautiful
Lee County is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty and many miles of pristine coastline; and

Whereas, it is incumbent upon all Lee County residents to maintain and preserve our beautiful natural resources and to enhance our environment and quality of life; and

Whereas, litter degrades the appearance of our neighborhoods, attracts crime, lowers property values, impacts economic development opportunities, harms land and wildlife; and

Whereas, litter prevention and cleanup efforts empower citizens to take a greater responsibility for making a visible difference in Lee County; and

Whereas, the Lee County Board of County Commissioners joins with Keep Lee County Beautiful, Keep Florida Beautiful, Florida Department of Transportation, and hundreds of other communities around the United States to participate in the National Great American Cleanup and the Keep Lee County Beautiful Great American Cleanup to assist in maintaining the beauty of our community;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida proclaims April 13, 2019 as KEEP LEE COUNTY BEAUTIFUL GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP DAY in Lee County and encourages all citizens to participate in cleaning up litter in all areas of Lee County.


 


04-02-19 Safe Kids Day
Unintentional injury is the number one killer of kids in the U.S.; and

WHEREAS, the death rate from unintentional injuries in the U.S. declined by 60% from 1987 to 2018; and

WHEREAS, in Lee County, injury is the leading cause of death among children aged 1 to 19; and

WHEREAS, in Lee County, the number one cause of death from unintentional injury involves kids ages 1-19 involved in motor vehicle crashes; and

WHEREAS, suffocation deaths are the second most common cause of injury deaths among children in Lee County; and

WHEREAS, by joining together, we can prevent the preventable injuries and fatalities; and

WHEREAS, Safe Kids Day is an opportunity for all Southwest Floridians to come together for the cause of preventing childhood injury and death; and

WHEREAS, Safe Kids Southwest Florida is a local coalition that works every day to help parents and caregivers prevent unnecessary childhood injuries and fatalities; and

WHEREAS, Safe Kids Southwest Florida Coalition unites firefighters, first responders, medical professionals, children’s hospitals, pediatricians, police officers, parents, and other committed citizens;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby proclaim April 27, 2019 as SAFE KIDS DAY in Lee County and calls upon the residents of Lee County to join in learning about and teaching others ways to keep our kids safe at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Offices.


 
expand Date: 3/5/2019


03-05-19 Intellectual and Developmental Disability Month
There are thousands of children and adults in Lee County who have intellectual and developmental disabilities; and

Whereas, the Lee Association for  Remarkable  Citizens,  known  as  LARC,  has been advocating and serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Lee County since March 12, 1954, and will celebrate 65 years of service on March 12, 2019; and

Whereas, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities frequently require specialized services, treatment and support for extended periods of time during their lives, and due to improved care their lifespans often exceed that of their parents and caregivers; and

Whereas, the support provided by family members, caregivers, friends, professionals and concerned citizens enables individuals with intellectual  and  developmental  disabilities  to  participate  more  freely in education, employment, and community living; and

Whereas, this month we join with LARC to recognize and support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their right to achieve the universally desired goals of self-fulfillment, purposeful engagement and inclusion in their communities so that they may reach their fullest potential;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby proclaim March 2019 as INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH in Lee County and recognizes the many achievements made by these citizens.


 
expand Date: 2/5/2019


02-05-19 Jill Turner Recognition
Jill Turner has dedicated her entire professional life to improving the lives of children; and

WHEREAS, Jill has actively served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida, providing admirable and devoted service for 38 years; and

WHEREAS, Jill has been influential in bringing awareness of child abuse to the community by advocating for children and providing them a safe place to be heard; and

WHEREAS, Jill has lent her expertise to the Florida Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers where she previously served as Board Chair and Treasurer; and

WHEREAS, Jill’s team approach to putting an end to child abuse and neglect has been reflected in the agency’s strong working relationships with the Department of Children and Families, local law enforcement agencies, the State Attorney’s Office, and funding partners such as United Way and Lee County Human & Veteran Services; and

WHEREAS, Jill has announced her plan to retire on March 1 of this year;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby convey our appreciation for her service and outstanding contributions to Lee County and wants to thank Jill Turner for her hard work and commitment to our community.


 


02-05-19 Stephen B. Russell Recognition
Since 1976, Stephen B. Russell has served the citizens of Charlotte, Collier, Hendry, Glades and Lee Counties as a dedicated and focused prosecutor with the Office of the State Attorney, Twentieth Judicial Circuit, prosecuting more than 2,000 criminal cases and supervising the prosecution of tens of thousands more; and

Whereas, Stephen B. Russell’s “victims first” attitude and tenacious support of law enforcement were rewarded in September 2002 when voters elected him as the State Attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit, and then reelected him time-and-time again, until his retirement in 2018; and

Whereas, under his direction, the State Attorney’s Office unfailingly supported strong and effective mental health and drug courts, Veterans Courts, diversion programs, vigorously prosecuted elder exploitation crimes, and challenged the scourge of human trafficking; and

Whereas, under Stephen B. Russell’s leadership, our five-county circuit enjoys the lowest crime rate of all the 20 judicial circuits, including violent crime, in the State of Florida;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby proclaim February 5, 2019 as STEPHEN B. RUSSELL DAY in Lee County and wishes to express its recognition and respect for the invaluable contributions that Stephen B. Russell has made to our community. 


 
expand Date: 1/15/2019


01-15-19 Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month
January 2019 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 Southwest Florida Regional Human Trafficking Coalition and the U.S. Attorney's Human Trafficking Task Force; and

Whereas, the State of Florida is recognized as one of three states with the highest incidence of human trafficking in the nation; and

Whereas, federal, state and local law enforcement and local organizations such as the Southwest Florida Regional Human Trafficking Coalition, Abuse Counseling Treatment, Catholic Charities, Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, FSW State College, FGCU, Hodges University and Lee Memorial Health System are working collaboratively to build awareness through community and educational events, prevention programs for youth and trainings for businesses and medical facilities; and

Whereas, a program for youth, “Prevention Power” will be held at the Stars Complex on January 12, 2019; FSW will be hosting an outdoor community exhibition, “Bought and Sold” January 16 through February 1, 2019;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of County Commissioners of Lee County, Florida does hereby proclaim the month of January 2019 as Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month in Lee County.


 


01-15-19 Length of Service Awards
01-15-19 Length of Service Awards